Lizzie Kimbley is a textile designer specialising in weave. Her work explores sustainable textiles and circular design. She works with natural materials, often those that are locally found or a waste product of another design process. Concerned with the lifecycle of materials, she designs textiles that can be recycled or will biodegrade so no waste is left behind.

     

    Lizzie has an experimental approach to materials, learning about their inherent properties and exploring these on and off the loom.  Working with discarded natural materials such as reed and willow has led to experiments with basketry techniques which then inform her woven work.

    Recent work focuses on place and the materials and dye plants found there. Walking and drawing at Wheatfen Nature Reserve on the Norfolk Broads has led to works that speak of the landscapes from which they come. Perambulatory drawings, mark making and experimental ‘play’ with found materials inform Lizzie's work.

     

    As well as celebrating the beauty of the natural landscape, she hopes to create connections with materials that inspire questions about the value we attach to the materials we use every day.

    EXHIBITIONS

    2019    Woven Waters, The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral - Opening 12 December

     

                MA Show, NUA, Norwich

     

                Sir John Hurt Art Prize, Auden Theatre, Holt, Norfolk

                Cley19: Borderlines, St Margaret's Church, Cley, Norfolk

     

                Bishop's Art Prize 2019, The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral

     

                MA and Other Postgraduates 2019, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset

     

                Two Lives in Colour, East Gallery, Norwich

     

    2018    Connection: Open, Wells Maltings, Norfolk

     

    2017    New Designers, London

     

                Degree Show, NUA, Norwich

                Made, Craftco, Southwold

    AWARDS

    2018    Bradford Textile Society, The British Wool Award, 3rd prize

     

    2017    Dubery Brogden East Anglia Art Fund Scholarship

     

                Top 50 Texprint

    2016    Bradford Textile Society, The Woolmark Company Award, 1st prize

                The Angela Houston Award for Textiles

    2015    Bradford Textile Society, The Clothworkers' Foundation Award, 2nd prize

                The Angela Houston Award for Textiles

    EDUCATION

    2019    Norwich University of the Arts, MA Textile Design with distinction

     

    2017    Norwich University of the Arts, BA Textile Design: First Class