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Amanda Duke - Mixed Media and Textile Artist

Since studying Fine Art BA (Hons) at Goldsmiths College and a PGCE at Brighton University I have led creative departments and taught Art in local secondary schools. I now make my own work and run workshops for adults and children.

 

I work instinctively and in response to my surroundings and usually work with paper, cotton and silk fabrics, natural dyes and stitch, print-based media and collage. Inspired by relief and collage works by Ben Nicholson and Kurt Schwitters, the Spirit Cloths of Jude Hill and embroideries of Junko Oki, this gives clues about my interest in abstraction and my delight in arranging the visual elements. I have been exploring natural dye processes since a residency at Sussex Prairie Garden, West Sussex. My focus on capturing the very essence of the plants, impressions left through the changing seasons, warmth and light of the summer sun led to outcomes in stitch, screen print, drawing, natural dye and paper collage. These outcomes, my attempt to re-create a sense of the prairies. I am now establishing a dye garden at home and will continue my reconnection with nature after many delightful and productive years in the classroom. Future themes will include biodiversity and rewilding.

 

Art and Textile Workshops

I simply love teaching. Currently, I run courses for adults at Sussex Prairie Garden, Amberley Chalk Pits Museum and at home. From January I can be booked for adult groups and am willing to travel. Please contact me for further details.

  • Gelli Monoprinting (monoprinting without a press)

  • Shibori Tie Dye (Indigo)

  • Slow Stitching

  • Fabric Printing (Block printing)

  • Fabric Collage and Stitch

  • Mixed Media - Exploring Colour 

  • Eco-print and Solar print

  • Paper, print and mixed media journal 

  • Fabric, print, stitch journal

  • Scholarship and Art College portfolio applications

  • One to one tuition GCSE, A level, personal progress

 

Community  

2014                   Steyning Grammar School Heritage Quilts  - 

                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdqCK9Hjs-o

Annual                Sussex Prairie Garden Big Draw

2017                   Wilton Park Textile (Wilton Park is an executive agency for the foreign and commonwealth

                            office based in West Sussex)

                            https://www.wiltonpark.org.uk/

 2016-17             Sussex Prairie Garden Artist in Residence  

                            http://www.sussexprairies.co.uk/

2018 -2019        Steyning So and Sews 'Sense of Place'. Community Textile group exhibition. Steyning

                            Arts Trail

2019 - 2020       East Clayton Care Farm Textile. Steyning So and Sews working in the community.

Worklife 

ongoing              Adult Art and Textile courses, talks and private tuition

ongoing              Team Leader, Edexcel A level Art and Design, all titles

ongoing              Examiner; Cambridge International Examinations A level and GCSE

ongoing              Consultancy to schools Art and Design. Leading and managing teams and curriculum

2018 - 2020       Head of Art and Photography Hurstpierpoint College

2014 - 2018       Introduction of the new specification to 6th form A level. Steyning Grammar School

1999 - 2014       Faculty Leader Creative and Performing Arts Steyning Grammar School

1982 - 1999       Art Teacher and Head of Art at various  secondary schools in Somerset, Kent and Sussex