prism

textile inspired art

prism

textile inspired art

Eileen Harrisson

Eileen is undertaking a PhD in Fine Art at Aberystwyth University in which she is exploring the reciprocal relationship between hand stitch, colour, word and sound with her theme of her experiences of Northern Ireland's Troubles. She received an Arts Council of Wales award to develop her music 'Come, Stay', on which she was delighted to work with her son, musician and composer Ed Harrisson. Together they made the film 'Continuum' in which Eileen reads her poem written for her artwork of the same name. Readings and performances of her poetry have become increasingly important aspects of her creativity.


TEXTILE PRACTICE
Colour and rhythms of the hand-stitched mark play central roles in Eileen’s practice. She constructs images in layers of opaque and transparent fabrics on a linen base, painting in acrylics and oils and colouring materials with silk paints using a wet-on-wet technique. Her processes include inkjet printing on cotton and organza and words can drift in and through the work, with fabrics and found objects manipulated to bring out the medium's sculptural qualities. Eileen’s work encompasses wall pieces, artist’s books and installations, through all of which she expresses her concerns for humanity, ecology and the life of the