I am a textile artist and quilter and I live on the The Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall with my family. Living by the sea means I am constantly inspired by my surroundings, particularly by my local beaches and coves which are always changing. I love the different colours and textures of the rocks and how everytime I go to a beach there is always interesting objects washed up.
I have recently finished a degree in Art and Design Practise at Cornwall College graduating with a 2:1 Honors Degree. As part of my graduation I also won the Graduate Studio Residency Award along side my friend Rose. This has allowed us to have our own art studios free for a year at Krowji in Redruth, Cornwall where we have continued with our practises and met other artists and makers.
The earliest memory I have of doing textiles is at Primary School where we were taught how to make cross-stitched christmas cards and woven wall hangings.
My passion for textiles started in 2010 when I had to make an appliqued cushion at Secondary School in Year 9. That same year I got my first sewing machine which I quickly got to grips with so got busy making loads of cushions! Since then I have taught myself other techniques including patchwork and quilting which is now my passion.
I am also passionate about the environment so I always try to use recycled materials in my work which I buy from charity shops including old bed sheets, pillowcases and clothes as you can get lots more material for much cheaper. As well as recycling fabrics I also recycle plastic bags by melting and fusing them before stitching them into something new or I will just re use them as they are.
©Ben Harris 2019