Textile artist, Alice Fox was born in Grimsby, but now lives in the Bradford district and has a studio at Saltaire. She gained a first class honours degree in Contemporary Surface Design and Textiles from Bradford School of Art in 2011 and was awarded the Quilters’ Guild Graduate Showcase bursary in the same year. In 2015 she was a finalist in the Craft & Design Selected Maker Awards (Textiles & Needlecrafts)
Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across the UK, including at the Mall Galleries, London, Cartwright Hall (the 2015 Open), Bradford University, and overseas at galleries in Holland and Germany. She also teaches in workshops nationally and internationally and is a member of the Textile Study Group and the Society of Designer Craftsmen.
Alice’s work is inspired by nature. She says of this:
My process-led practice is based on personal engagement with landscape. I work with natural fibres and gathered materials, employing natural dye techniques, print, stitch and weave in different combinations to create surfaces and structures. Found objects form the focus of my response to a landscape and I take an experimental approach to these found items. By engaging with the materials that I find, manipulating them and experimenting, I learn about their properties, boundaries and possibilities. This exploration becomes then, a collaboration between object and me, the artist.
In 2012 she was artist in residence at Spurn Point National Nature Reserve and gained much inspiration from the changing coastline. This led to a a number of exhibitions: ‘Tide Marks’; ‘Textures of Spurn’; and ‘Yorkshire Coast: from Saltburn to Spurn Point’ during 2013-14 at venues across Britain, including in London at the SDC Gallery.
Alice has also written or co-written a range of books including ‘Textures of Spurn’ (2012); ‘Tide Marks’ (2013); ‘Gifts from the Pavement’ (2013); ‘Leaf Stiching’ (2015) and ‘Natural Processes in Textile Art: from Rust Dyeing to Found Objects‘ (2015).