Artist: Amber Lily

A woman crouching next to a rectangular, colourful textile piece hanging from a metal rod. The wall hanging is primarily pink and orange, with brown, black and green abstract shapes stitched or embroidered over it; the shapes and the piece are outlined with yellow thread.

The Everyday

BA Textiles in Practice
Manchester School of Art

Amber is an artist, designer and colourist.

Amber’s textile practice focuses on colour, texture and mark-making. Playful, fluid and abstract in her approach, she takes inspiration from the forms, patterns, shapes and colours that she encounters in her day-to-day life. Experimenting with layering, scale and proportion, each quilt, framed and 3D artwork is defined by its own colour palette. Using a range of material processes, Amber works with monoprint, screen-printing, gelli plate printing, dyeing, embroidery and collage to create artworks that capture the joy she experiences through looking and making.

Clockwise from top left: Subject Mundane; React; Energy; Flo

Where Next?

Artist: Rebecca Leek

Artist showcase.

A close-up section of a larger piece, made up of overlaid abstract shapes in red, blue, and yellow. This is a mixed media piece, comprised of print, embroidery, stitchwork and painting.

Artist: Lucy Ralph

Artist showcase.

A visual and textual informational poster of a young woman wearing a white polo shirt and blue jeans, both of which have been fixed by visible repair through patchworks of red, blue and white fabric scraps. Overlaid onto this photo are the phrases ‘PATCH IT’, ‘Dads old jeans’ and ‘Old school polo’.

Artist: Lola Awolowo

Artist showcase.

A painted, and embroidered portrait of a blue-eyed Black woman, on a background of collaged book pages. Her face is circular and tilted and she has short black hair. Her necklace and earrings are beads embroidered onto the piece’s surface. Her outline has been stitched in yellow thread.

Artist: Katy Gillam-Hull

Artist showcase.

A hand holding a green glass bead between the thumb and forefinger in front of a blurred house and tree.


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