Amanda Hislop – February 2014


Textile Amanda Hislop was our visiting speaker for our February meeting on Monday.

Amanda started her talk by telling us that she trained at Farnham College specialising in weaving and included painting as her second subject.  She then went on to become an art teacher for 17 years in Wantage.  After a school merger she decided to change track and she became a self employed textile artist using the skills she had been taught for weaving, her drawing, painting and stitch.  She showed us her grandfather’s sketchbook which she obviously treasured and displayed numerous other sketchbooks showing her initial inspiration for various pieces of work.  Amanda concentrates on land and seascapes and has a wonderful collection of sketches, drawings and paintings to call upon.


She displays her work with Prism, the exhibition group founded my Julia Caprara.  Last year the title was “Liminal – crossing the threshold” and she showed us the seascape she created.  Amanda is currently working on this year’s project and showed us her work in progress.  She generously explained her technique in which she creates a collage on calico using various papers, paints, stitches and finally seals with acrylic wax and highlights with markel.

Amanda concluded her talk by telling us about her various workshops this year at the Oxford Summer School, Missenden Abbey and Art Van Go.

The next meeting of the Guild will be on Monday 3 March at 14.00 hours when the speaker will be Wendy Dolan and her talk will be entitled “Creative Stitched Textiles”.  Doors open at 13.30 – all are welcome and if you require further details please contact 01249 750865 or visit our website

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