Carol Naylor



Carol Naylor trained at Goldsmiths School of Art where she gained a BA and Postgraduate Diploma in Textile Art, specialising in embroidery.
She also holds the final Diploma from the Institute of Linguists in Spanish.
After a successful career in teaching and lecturing she has been free lance since 1997, developing her own approach to machine embroidery.
She is a Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen, and was chairman from 2006 - 2010 as well as co curator for the annual Winter Exhibition at London's Mall galleries from 1999 - 2011.

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She says of her work :

Intensive, continual stitching changes the base fabric from a flat surface to one that moves and undulates with its own unique quality. Some pieces include finely stitched details and felted fibres or fragments of other materials to provide contrasts.
I find that this technique gives me a more painterly approach to textile art, with the sewing machine needle providing the marks a paintbrush or pencil would make, and the richly coloured threads offering a wide and exciting palette.
My work is about the exploration of surface and mark making. The surface of the fabric that I stitch onto is manipulated and changed by the techniques I employ, and the surface of the land provides me with visual stimuli that I seek not to emulate, but to investigate.
Qualities of light and colour observed on land and over water and shadows with strongly contrasting shafts of light are explored through these heavily stitched surfaces that undergo subtle changes depending on the onlooker's point of view I look, I draw, I select and I translate.

Solo exhibitions include the Knitting and Stitch shows in Birmingham, London, Dublin and Harrogate, and galleries in Chichester, Torrington, Newport IoW, Hastings and Lisbon, Portugal.
She has had two person exhibitions with Alice Kettle, Albert Naylor and with other artists.
As well as taking part in numerous exhibitions in the UK and in Europe her work can currently be viewed at Primavera, Cambridge and at her studio.
Teaching and lecturing includes Chichester University, and she has worked as a guest lecturer in Chicago, Minnesota USA and in New Zealand.
Carol gives talks, workshops and residencies for guilds and other groups. She has particular interests in Art in the Healthcare environment and in education.
Commissions are welcomed.