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Zoe Hillyard


Zoe Hillyard is a Birmingham based artist who uses the hand-stitched tradition of patchwork as a mending process to revive discarded and broken ceramics. The original surface decoration is replaced by printed textile design as individual fragments are wrapped with fabric and re-assembled solely by stitch. Each piece becomes a highly individual vessel with a flawed beauty that is the result of its material history.

Pieces can simply be the result of an interesting combination of unconnected items found in charity shops and car-boot sales; equally they can be the re-working of imagery, textiles or ceramic possessions which have sentimental value. The making process always requires a leap of faith, but results in the elements taking on a fresh re-incarnation.

Graduating with a First Class degree in Textile Design in the 1990s, Zoë has always been involved in constructional textiles, often inspired by traditional craft practice. Alongside a lecturing position at Birmingham City University she has worked freelance for the fashion industry, including creating fully-fashioned tailored hand-knitwear collections for Marion Foale. More recently, her passion for overseas travel led Zoë to spend a year as a VSO volunteer working at the Mongolian Textile Institute in Ulaanbaatar. Her ceramic patchwork is conceptually driven by her experiences abroad, drawing particular inspiration from the resourcefulness of Mongolian nomadic life which demands households to be highly selective materialistically.

Through her pieces, Zoe seeks to strengthen our own relationship to possessions, exploring materiality, handle, association and individuality. Zoe particularly enjoys making pieces for people where she can

Zoe Hillyard

New Ashgate Gallery
Waggon Yard
Surrey GU9 7PS
United Kingdom

01252 713208

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