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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)
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
2014 Steyning Grammar School Heritage Quilts -
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)
2016-17 Sussex Prairie Garden Artist in Residence
2018 -2019 Steyning So and Sews 'Sense of Place'. Community Textile group exhibition. Steyning
2019 - 2020 East Clayton Care Farm Textile. Steyning So and Sews working in the community.
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