Victoria MacLeod

Textile Artist

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Victoria developed a fascination with threads and textures by learning to knit as a child. The passion extended into embroidery and surface stitching on fabric and rapidly became an obsession.

She has been a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild since 1995 when she was a founding member and first chairman of the Durham City branch, and is currently the North East Regional Chairman. Links with the Guild have enabled her to develop close associations with like-minded people as well as giving the opportunity to partake in weekend workshops with accomplished tutors.

These, along with a regular annual residential weekend with Fusion Textile Artists, have provided the stimulus for the extension of the materials Victoria works with. Hand and machine stitching on fabric have been enhanced by a knowledge of felt-making, paper-making, printing, painting & dying. Applying ‘extra things’ has also become a feature, such as quirky bits and pieces picked up in DIY shops, accessory shops and charity shops as well as recycled disposable items. Beads, bones, buttons and washers are all hoarded with a view to use in textiles.

Victoria has recently gone ‘back to basics’ as she was a winner in the BRILLIANT competition for local artists to submit proposals for Durham Lumiere Festival in November 2015. Her ‘Big Knitting’ was seen by hundreds of thousands of visitors during the four days it was on show.

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