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Personal Statement

I have always been drawn to and have an insatiable curiosity for the natural environment, therefore I am happiest when working outdoors. My practice always starts with an exploration of my location, recording what I see through a mixture of observation, sketches and photography. I collect natural and man-made objects that catch my eye, especially items discarded by mankind to inform and incorporate in my work at a later date. At times I will directly interact with the environment creating work in situ, either to be added to later or if I’m using natural materials I may record the outcome and leave the work to breakdown. My intention is to produce work that informs the viewer of my personal reaction to my surroundings and the interaction mankind and society have had on the landscape.

Coastal areas inspire the majority of my work. I am fascinated by the constantly changing landscape, marks and patterns left by wind, rain, tides, sunlight, nature or mankind. I enjoy exploring nooks and crannies for traces of interaction either natural or human and capturing microscopic detail to expand and explore. As my work is evolving and developing I am using more ecological and natural processes to develop colours, print and textures. There is a wonderful anticipation to burying pieces of textile below a tide line, leaving it for days or weeks and discovering what marks have imprinted on the piece. My work evolves by building up and layering with print, textiles, found objects, plants and stitch. My finished pieces are a record of my journey in that landscape, I experience a deep sense of pleasure and peace when creating my work and hope that it creates a sense of curiosity and pleasure for others.

Education:

2007 – 2010 : Bath Spa University, 1st Class BA (Hons) in 3D Design in Ceramics.

Present Exhibitions:

Traveller’s Tales: The Guild Gallery, Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5JY: April 23rd – May 14th 2016

Coastal Impressions:  Fresh Arts, North Bristol NHS Trust, UK: Sept 2015 – ongoing

Previous Exhibitions:

Imprints: South West Textile Group exhibition: Museum of Somerset, Taunton: Oct 2015 – Jan 2016

Coastal Impressions:  Thread 58, West St, Bristol UK: Nov 2014 – Mar  2015

Easton Arts Trail:  Easton Community, Bristol, UK:  June 14th – 15th  2014

Easton Arts Trail:  Easton Community, Bristol, UK: June 15th – 16th  2013

Fresh Arts Exhibition: North Bristol NHS Trust, UK: Nov  2012 – Jan  2013

Fresh Arts Exhibition: North Bristol NHS Trust, UK: Nov 2011 –  Jan   2012:

Designer Crafts at The Mall: The Mall Gallery, London, UK. Jan 8th – 16th 2011

GANE Trust Retrospective: The Guild, Bristol, UK: Nov 9th – Dec 8th 2010

One Step Beyond: Group Exhibition: Centre Space Gallery, Bristol, UK: Aug 12th – 19th 2010

New Designers: Business Design Centre, London, UK: July 1st – 2nd 2010

Degree Show: Bath Spa University, Bath UK: June 2010

Sculpture Exhibition: Open Gardens, East Newland, Cornwall, UK: June 19th 2009

Awards:

June 2008 : GANES Travel Scholarship

Publications:

The Drive to Create Through Inspiration: Be Inspired by Workbox Annual – vol 4 – 2016 – Article written by Michelle exploring how inspiration drives her creative process.

Be Inspired

Last Light on Polzeath Beach: Be Creative Magazine By Workbox – Feb 2014 – Image of textile piece:

Last Night on Polzeath Beach, Cornwall

Last Night on Polzeath Beach, Cornwall

Degrees Unedited: front cover image on a-n supplement: May 2010:

Photography Book ‘Industrial Wasteland’:  http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/1421749-industrial-wasteland-by-michelle-cook May 2010

Groups/Organisations

South West Textile Group: http://southwesttextilegroup.org/

Textile Society: http://www.textilesociety.org.uk/

The Embroiders Guild: https://embroiderersguild.com/