Textile designer/teacher, Faye Hall, specialises in constructed textiles for fashion and interiors. Her work explores movement, pattern on pattern, and extending and testing the limitations of materials. She uses a range of techniques, including braiding, old embroidery methods, knotting and weaving.
Her degree in Multi-Media Textile Design at Loughborough University gave Faye an opportunity to explore a range of materials and ideas. She later wrote that she found herself:
… really intrigued by the wonderful textures you can create through folding striped paper, or weaving and knotting with wood and wire … My degree culminated in a body of work that explored ‘pattern on pattern’, through pleating, folding, cutting and twisting to create a series of heavily tactile surfaces. Stripes formed the basis of the work, as I really found myself wanting to try as many things as possible to distort the perfect straight line in front of me.
After graduation, Faye worked as a freelance artist designing fabrics that she sold to a range of clients, including Prada, Armani, Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein Home, Debenhams and H&M.
In due course, seeking a change of direction, Faye studied for a Masters Degree (MA) at Glasgow School of Art.
I had started to get really interested in creating fabric that changed through movement and I began to really delve into this concept. A particularly enlightening part of the MA was an optional module in Jewellery making- it was here that I found I could really play around with how my textiles could be worn on a smaller scale, and it is something I work on still to this day through making bespoke pieces of jewellery using a variety of techniques and processes.
Faye subsequently studied for and gained a PGCE teaching qualification and worked as a Textiles, Fashion and Costume Pathway Leader on a Art Foundation Course for four years and taught part-time in higher education at degree and advanced diploma levels. In addition to her own artwork, she currently teaches textiles, fashion and art to students of all ages at local colleges and in workshops at community venues. Faye is also a degree level tutor with The Open College of the Arts.
Faye’s work has been exhibited and sold widely around the region and beyond at Craft Fairs, including at the Hepworth Wakefield Summer and Christmas fairs, Thief Hall, Thirsk, the Bingley Show, and at the Craft House in Saltaire.
Artists Website: Faye Hall Design