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Christina Hesford is a hand weaver focusing on woven artwork for galleries, public, and private spaces.

About

About

 
Christina Hesford Portrait

Christina Hesford is an artist-maker who uses textile processes, such as weaving and knotting, to make art objects and wall-based artworks. Growing up in Indonesia and Brazil has given her a keen awareness both of the commonality and the individuality of humans everywhere, and so she makes work about being human: the spectrum of the human condition.

In the West, beauty has often been associated with perfection. Her current work challenges notions of beauty by using imperfection to create beautiful works, often using knots to symbolise this. She has been inspired by the repair aesthetic of ‘kintsukuroi’ - the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with gold or silver lacquer and the understanding that the object is more beautiful for having been broken. She uses weaving as a framework to combine these various concepts.

From the traditional to the unorthodox, she uses a wide variety of materials including silk, wool, and linen, to paper, tree-fibres, de-commissioned firehoses, and polythene sheeting. There are obvious disparities between the market values of these various materials, however, what gives them their aesthetic values are the transformative making processes applied to them.

Weaving is an inherently time-intensive skill which challenges the trend towards an ever-quicker pace of life. Yet for Christina, the numbers, counting, repetition and rhythms prevalent in weaving and knotting make them peaceful and meditative making processes. The value and purpose of these objects is transformed by the time taken to make them, challenging the throw-away culture of consumerism.

Her practice alternates between the use of white, and the use of colour. White is both full and empty, providing a canvas for her conceptual ideas.

Christina Hesford makes work for galleries, public, and private spaces. She also makes site-specific installation works, undertakes commissions, writes for publication and teaches drawing and weaving workshops.

 

EDUCATION

2017        Manchester Metropolitan University - Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and         Teaching in Higher Education 

2014        Manchester School of Art - Bachelor of Arts in Textiles in Practice: First Class

2011         Cleveland College of Art and Design - Foundation in Art and Design: Distinction

 

EXHIBITIONS AND WORKSHOPS

2017        Selected for Crafts Council Hothouse 2017

                Legacy Exhibition, Manchester school of Art

2016        STABLE Installation at Festival of Thrift

                 Summer Show: Weave, The Makers Guild in Wales

                 Orange Pip Market, Handweaving demonstration, Middlesbrough

                 15th International Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland

                 Textiles in Practice in Progress, Manchester School of Art

2015         Grassington Festival Summer Exhibition: The North and Beyond, Grassington

2014         Alwaysallwaysland Exhibition, London

                 Alwaysallwaysland, Manchester School of Art & Design Graduate Show,         

                 Manchester School of Art

        

COMMISSIONS

2014        Woven commission for Vertical Gallery, Manchester School of Art

                 Woven commission for St. Peter’s Chaplaincy, Manchester

 

ACADEMIC POSTS AND RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

2015 - 2017    Associate Lecturer and Teaching Assistant for Textiles in Practice at Manchester School of Art

2011 - pres.    Assistant wedding photographer and stylist

2012                 Work experience with Araminta Campbell, Textile Designer & Handweaver

 

LECTURES

2016        April - ‘Portfolio Talks’, Manchester School of Art

2015        October - ’My Practice’, Manchester School of Art

                April - ‘Portfolio Talks’, Manchester School of Art

 

PUBLICATIONS

2016        ‘Dénouement’ included in Average Art, August ed.

                 ‘Exhibition Review: 15th International Triennial of Tapestry, Poland’, guest blog for Selvedge (online)

                 ‘Art that inspires…’, article for textileartist.org

2015        ’Creative Bones’, article for textileartist.org

                 ‘To Construct and Deconstruct’, interview for textileartist.org

 

AWARDS

2016        STABLE Bursary awarded by Navigator North, Festival of Thrift, and Arts Council England

2014        Context Weavers Award Winner