Elise Prentice (she/her)
I am a textile designer and artist with a focus on slow, analogue processes and a passion for capturing spontaneous and charmingly imperfect drawing through stitch. My work is heavily influenced by an initial drawing process which puts intuitive, organic mark-making at the forefront and is bolstered by a deep love for contextual and historical research which compliment each other to create pieces that put an endearing twist on traditional techniques.
In the years since my father passed away, I have felt an increasing urge to revisit old memories and an intense yet unachievable desire to cherish the limited time we had together. My graduate project revolves around the feeling of family nostalgia and the pursuit of capturing an irrecoverable moment by creating something tangible from it, using analogue techniques and second-hand fabrics exclusively to create textiles that are both nostalgic and sustainable. My stitched drawings explore familial joy, homely spaces and nineties and early-naughties fabrics through form, line and pattern to create soft home furnishings of quilts and wall-hangings that can also be viewed as one-off textile artworks.