Holly Dale Textiles Designer 

 
7 Fitzalan Road, West Sussex, RH13 6AA. 07821019384  

hollydaletextilesdesigner@gmail.com / www.hollydaletextilesdesigner.com
 
 

Education

2008-2011 Northbrook College  

- BA Hons Degree, Surface and Textiles Design.   

- New Designer Exhibition London: securing interest in my work from several leading companies including a major card retailer, a nation wide supermarket and a fabric  design agency in Liberty's of London.   

- Hallmark cards, Bingly, Studio work placement.  

2005-2008 Central Sussex College  

- City and Guilds Level 1 and 2 in Design and Craft (Interior Decor) in the context of decorative effects and painting techniques.  

- ABC Awards, Level 2 Art and Design, and creative Interior Design, 3D Perspective hand drawing.   

2006-2008 The College of Richard Collier  

- A Level Art and Design, A Level Textiles, AS Level Resistant Materials. 
 
Course   

Jean Littlejohn and Jan Beaney course “Hot Textiles”  

A weekend away learning and experimenting with heat and materials and using an embellisher.     

 

The Princes Trust   

After writing a business plan and pitching to The Prince's Trust I was chosen to go forward  with my business. I received a loan and the support of a business mentor. I started off  designing and hand making home and giftware and from that I have just started moving  into creating artwork.      

 

Exhibitions   

HAOS, Horsham Artists Open Studios   

- 2017​ Preview Exhibition, Contemporary Art Fair. Horsham Capitol Theatre.  

- 2017​ Contemporary Art Fair. Park Side, Horsham Council.  

- 2018​ Art Trail, Open Studio.  

- 2018 ​Contemporary Art Fair Horsham. Park Side, Horsham Council.    

 

Media   

- December 2018, ​The Express online,​ Back to doing what I love​, an article About Katya Jones working on her commission that I worked on, with my work in the photograph.   

- November 2018,​ West Sussex County Times, ​Giant Pigeon... Spotted in town centre.  

- November 2018,​ All About Horsham Magazine, ​Holly Dale.   

 
Recognisable Commissions   

2019 - The Jones’ Apparel.   

(Fashion brand of Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Katya Jones) Katya Jones commissioned me to create a collection of images for her design. Katya was  commissioned by well known professional dancer, as a gift for his fiancee, a well known TV game show Presenter. I stitched several animals for the commissioned item.     

 

Groups and Further Development  

- 2017-Date, HAOS,​ Horsham Artist Open Studio, is a group of Artists, all based in Horsham, who come together to support each other to learn and promote each other  and hold events to sell and promote their work.  

- 1998-Date, Martlets,​ Is a group of lace makers that meet every two months, we make  lace and have talks and classes on many other skills, design and crafts.   

- 2011-Date, Bobbin Lace making classes,​ I go to a few different lace classes, including classes with Alex Stilwell, a world renowned lace maker and teacher.     

 

About My Work Technique  

My main technique is free machine embroidery, I layer up fabrics and stitching to create my pieces, I use many different fabrics and threads that I find.     

 

Inspirations  

One of my first pieces was of a goat that I met while on a walk, whilst calling into a farm  shop and garden centre along the way. I love capturing the personalities of animals and  bringing them to life in my pictures. My partner and I are often walk out in the countryside looking for wildlife or walk on farms and visit the animals. I was a member of the National Trust for many years and I feel that has inspired me and  grown my appreciation of architecture and interior design too. At the moment, I feel I have  two collections, the bigger collection is of animals and the smaller collection is of buildings. As I have only been creating art work for about 2 years and working towards clear  collections for the HAOS exhibitions, I have not experimented with other styles yet, I plan on developing some abstract work and some more famous architecture pictures too.