Alison Holt

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Specialist in Freehand Machine Embroidery
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http://www.alisonholt.com
Garden Studio, Highfield, 85 Oakhurst Rd, Oswestry, SY11 1BL

“I aim to make a connection with people through my work, to transport them to a place and a moment in time. I am inspired by the detail in nature, the patterns, rhythms and textures. I want to create an emotional response in the viewer to the landscape that is important to me.
Each piece is a combination of silk painting and stitch. The painting creates depth, perspective and richness to the work and combines effectively with stitch to give detail and texture.
I started to explore my love of the countryside, flowers and gardens through the medium of embroidery finding it the perfect vehicle to express the colours, textures and shapes I find so fascinating.I try to combine in my compositions a sense of light and an interesting juxtaposition of colour, shape and texture. I aim to capture moments in time as an artist who has colour, line and texture to play with. I consider myself a painter that uses threads, an artist that draws with a sewing machine.”

Publications
MACHINE EMBROIDERY BOOKS
'Plants and Flowers in Machine Embroidery' published by Batsford in 1990 was launched at Libertys in London. Reprinted in 1997 in paperback.
My second book 'Machine Embroidered Landscapes' was published by Search Press in January 2002, and so far has sold more than 35,000 copies.
Third book 'Machine Embroidered Flowers' also published by Search Press in June 2006.Fourth book 'Machine Embroidered Woodlands', published January 2009.
Fifth book 'Seascapes' was published in May 2012
Most recent book is 'The Art of Alison Holt' published in 2013, a reprint of 3 books combined (Woodlands, Flowers and Landscapes)

MAGAZINE ARTICLES
2017 Be Creative with Workbox
2016 Our Quilting (German Publication published in UK)
2016 Welsh Border Life (UK)
2016 Swedish Embroidery Magazine (Swedish publication)
2015 Textile Fibre Forum (Australian publication)
2013 Embroidery (UK)
2013 Stitch (UK)
2012 The Shropshire Magazine (UK)
2010 Patchwork Professional (German and Dutch publications)
1999 Stitch (UK)
1995 Stitch (UK)

Selected Exhibitions: including every year from 1995 to present day

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London

2017
Willow Gallery Summer Exhibition, Oswestry, Shropshire
Summer Exhibition, M1 Gallery, Greenwich, London

2016
Embroiderers Guild Capability Brown Festival
Landscapes and Gardens, Chirk Castle, Wrexham
Artrix, Bromsgrove
Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, London
Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate
Ellesmere Art Exhibition, Ellesmere College, Shropshire
Willow Gallery Summer Exhibition, Oswestry, Shropshire
Summer Exhibition, M1 Gallery, Greenwich, London

2015
Craft in Focus at RHS Garden, Wisley
Ellesmere Art Exhibition, Ellesmere College, Shropshire
Summer Exhibition, M1 Gallery, Greenwich, London
Willow Gallery Summer Exhibition, Oswestry, Shropshire
Fire Station Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Textile Prague, Slovansky dum, Na Prikope 22, Prague

2014
Craft in Focus at RHS Wisley
Ellesmere Art Exhibition, Ellesmere College, Shropshire
Willow Gallery Summer Exhibition, Oswestry, Shropshire

2013
Quilt Expo en Beaujolais, Nr Lyon, France
Ellesmere Art Exhibition, Ellesmere College, Shropshire
Food For Thought Exhibition Mid Wales Arts Centre, Newtown
Feature International Artist, The Tasmanian Craft Fair, Aus.

2012
The Society of Botanical Artists Open Exhibition, London
Ellesmere Art Exhibition, Ellesmere College, Shropshire
Drawn to Craft, Bilston Craft Gallery, West Mids
Florum Annual Exhibition, Sevenoaks, Kent

2011
The Society of Botanical Artists Open Exhibition, London
Fine Art Open Competition, Weston Park, Shropshire
Fabrication, Willow Gallery, Oswestry, Shropshire,
Florum Annual Exhibition, Sevenoaks, Kent

2010
Galerie Buzhashi, Dorking
Contemporary Textile Fair, Teddington
The Society of Botanical Artists Open Exhibition, London
(Presidents Award for Best work in another media)
Art in Action, Waterperry, Oxford
Guest Artist at Church Stretton Arts Festival, Shropshire
Feature Artist, European Patchwork Meeting, Alsace, France
Florum Annual Exhibition Sevenoaks, Kent
Autumn Art Fair, Teddington

2009
Contemporary Textile Fair, Teddington
The Society of Botanical Artists Open Exhibition, London
Y Capel Summer Exhibition, Llangollen
Y Capel Winter Exhibition, Llangollen
Landmarks Arts Fair, Teddington
The Summer Exhibition, Oswestry Heritage Centre
Florum Annual Exhibition Sevenoaks, Kent

2008
Contemporary Textile Fair, Teddington
Art in Action, Waterperry Oxford
Nature in Art, Nr. Gloucester 'Flower Power'