Amanda Richardson

Other Media, Textiles

Cornish artist Amanda Richardson hand dyes fabrics to create textile collages of details of landscape: rocks, water and plants.

A graduate of Goldsmiths College, London, Amanda pioneered a technique for combining fabrics such as silks, satins and velvets to form richly coloured textile collages. All her fabrics are hand-dyed to create subtle tones that bring a sense of depth to the art. These dynamic artworks vary with changing light continually presenting a fresh experience to the viewer.

Amanda Richardson was born in Cornwall in 1957 and has lived there for much of her life. In 1986 she left Cornwall to spend ten years on San Juan Island in the Pacific Northwest of America, working from the dramatic landscapes of islands, mountains and water. Further travels have taken her north to Alaska and south as far as New Zealand.

Her work reflects a particular fascination with plants as they grow in their native environment, and rocks shaped by wind and water. Both birds and insects are included in her work as they are an integral part of her wild garden, itself a part of her working process.

Throughout her career Amanda Richardson has shown in galleries and worked to commission. Her work varies in scale from pieces suited to domestic interiors to works on a grand scale for public buildings. The first major commission was in 1979 in conjunction with the Royal School of Needlework. This was an embroidered fabric collage 9 x 7 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Bath family at Longleat House. American clients include Boeing, Universities of Alaska and Washington State, BASF, Waldorf Astoria, Marriott Hotels, Hilton Hotels.

Amanda has had one-man exhibitions across America from New York to California as well as maintaining long-standing relationships with galleries with which she shows on an ongoing basis. This is also true of Britain where her art can also be seen in her working studio in the Penberth Valley, surrounded by the exuberance of her garden that provides much of the inspiration for her art.

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