Christine Rollitt is trained in Fine Art and works in oils, water-colour, gouache and mixed media. Her main focus at present is stitched textiles.
Her work reflects her love of stitched textiles, colouring fabrics and using stitch as a mark-making tool. Her hand-dyed fabrics focus on painterly qualities. Her latest body of work features a combination of painted surfaces, both oils and acrylics. These are combined with stitched elements using hand and machine stitch.
Christine has taught Creative Stitched Textiles and Creative Embroidery courses at London venues. She has also worked on various projects in schools and outreach projects.
Born in Nottingham, Christine attended Queen Elizabeth I Grammar School, Alford, Lincolnshire. Her Foundation Art Course was completed at Grimsby College of Art and Technology. She gained an honours degree in Fine Art at Kingston Polytechnic and Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Middlesex University. Christine studied Creative Textiles with the Open College of Arts and at the City Lit., in London. She gained City and Guilds Part 1 Creative Studies and Embroidery at West Herts College and Part 2 at the Opus School of Textile Arts.
Christine painted for two years in the Middle East and held a major exhibition at the new Bahrain Hilton Hotel. She has exhibited at the Bankside Gallery, London; the Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead; the Holywell Gallery, St Albans; Gallery One Eleven and the Berkeley Gallery, Berkhamsted; the Museum of Garden History, London; the University Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne; the Mall Galleries, London and at the K&S Shows at Alexandra Palace, London, Harrogate and Dublin. A number of paintings were displayed at the Jarvis Aubrey Park Hotel, Redbourn. Four of Christine's designs have been used and marketed by a greetings card company. She has worked for a design company on projects in the Caribbean and won second prize in a cancer research sponsored exhibition in Barbados.
Christine was asked to create the Gold Award and two Silver Awards for the Independent Retailer of the Year in Fabric, Lace and Interior Design. These awards were sponsored by Scotchgard, Dupont and the Home Decoration Retailers Association and presented at an awards ceremony at the GMex centre in Manchester.
She is a member of 'Textile Expressions'. Christine exhibited annually with the 'Cloth and Stitch' group in London,a group founded by Julia Caprara. She is a past member of the New Embroidery Group, Prism and 4 X 4 Textile Artists Group.