Kirstine Higgins
ninemakers.org.uk

Statement

I graduated from Liverpool John Moore’s University in 1996 with a BA (Hons) in Fashion/Textile Design and spent a further year at John Moore’s as the Stuart Sutcliffe Fellow. I have a Master’s degree in Fine Art from Chester College (then affiliated to Liverpool University).

Whilst living in the North West of England I worked as an embroidery tutor, designed textiles for the fashion and interior markets on a freelance basis and exhibited with the NW Textile Group. I am now based in Scotland, a member of edge – Textile Artists Scotland – and retain my links with the 9 Makers.

I am interested in how textiles and text can be used to illuminate history and have drawn my inspiration from clothing which has for me, personally  a sense of identity with the owner. Clothing collected, donated or sourced from museums and historic houses inspires links with the past that informs my work. A sense of the ephemeral is hinted at through images filtered from poetry or prose.

The materials I use are significant – felt and wire for their sculptural possibilities, tissue and delicate handmade paper and silk for lightness, fragility and translucency, organdie for malleability and silk threads for delicate colour and richness of sheen.

From an original idea of Textiles as Text,  with chance encounters on the way my journey of discovery continues.

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