Christine Rollitt Fine Art Textiles
About the Artist
Christine Rollitt is Fine Art trained and works in oils, water-colour, gouache and mixed media but her main medium for expression is stitch combined with painted surfaces.
Her work reflects her love of stitched textiles, colouring fabrics and using stitch as another mark-making tool. Her hand-dyed fabrics focus on painterly qualities. Her latest body of work features a combination of painted surfaces, both in oils and acrylics. These are combined with stitched elements using hand and machine stitch.
In the last few years, Christine has participated in Mr X Stitch's installation in Blackburn Cathedral which formed part of the British Textile Biennial.
She has exhibited with the Embroiderers' Guild at the Knitting and Stitching Shows in London and Harrogate and contributed to the three NHS Panels to thank the NHS during the Covid 19 Pandemic.
Christine submitted a panel to the Covid Chronicle which toured the UK during 2022. Each panel is combined to make a block of four, there have been over 140 submissions from around the world. The project is in aid of MIND.
Christine is a member of the Society for Embroidered Work (S.E.W.).
She is also a member of the Embroiderers Guild.
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.
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 School of Art 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. She has shown work in the Fronteer Gallery in Sheffield and 54 The Gallery, Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London.
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.
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