Jessica Kinnersley creates mixed media pieces using vintage linens, papers and found objects. She is inspired by the things she finds, which often inform the scale and theme of a piece. Lovingly repurposed; her work often features stitched musings and printed images, layered to create nostalgic textile art and collages.
Living in Newcastle and working from her studio in Northumberland, her creative work draws on her experience as a freelance designer and teacher of Art and Design Textiles. Much of her work today still involves teaching workshops, whether to the public or in schools, teaching and skill sharing is definitely her happy place!
"For almost ten years my typical day involved working on specific design briefs and trend-led embroideries for interiors and the gift market by night, whilst, as a teacher, I would spend my days working in a creative and enriching environment, teaching students a wide range of textile techniques and encouraging them to apply these to their work in individual and innovative ways. As a result, my work reflects these experiences…sometimes I simply draw with stitch, more often I take pleasure in creating one off pieces, layering collage, stitch and found ephemera. Occasionally these styles merge and sometimes are used separately; as an artist I’m happy to continue to experiment and let my “style” develop naturally.
Jessica’s work has been published in three books and her designs have sold both nationally and internationally. She takes private commissions for one-off pieces, briefs for surface pattern design and continues to work on her range of greetings cards, framed art and stitched gifts.