Say hello to our new artist

 Nov 21, 2014

We are delighted to welcome a new resident to our creative hub.

Talented textile artist Jill Brennan is the latest creative to be recruited to our thriving studios. She’s thrilled to be settling into her new surroundings.

“It has been a very exciting move,” said Jill. “I applied for a place here because I don’t work well in a vacuum. I like feedback, and I enjoy having input from others – this lively and productive place will offer me a great experience.”

A project from Eastleigh Borough Council with EU-funding from the two-year Recreate initiative and management from aspace studio providers, we pride ourselves on offering affordable spaces and expert professional development to upcoming talent to guide them out of the spare room and into the workspace and Jill certainly fits that criteria.

“Previous to this I had a studio in a basement in my home,” explained Jill. “To find this space, with like-minded others, has been a real bonus.

“It’s unique and forward thinking to have such an area available. The fact the studios are always full is testimony to not only the need for such a place but also the creative investment that benefits so many.”

A graduate of Goldsmiths’ College Jill specialises in textile art. She works mainly with cotton, wool and silk fabrics onto which she uses paint, dyes, inks, threads, sketchbook drawings, and Thermofax screen prints. Her product range includes bespoke pictures, lamps, and homeware items.

However, she is best known for her intricate quilt work, examples of which have exhibited at places such as the NEC in Birmingham, Highcliffe Castle in Dorset and St Barbe’s in Lymington.

Speaking about her work, she said: “Stitching fascinates me. There is something unique and totally personal about a stitch. I regard it a bit like a signature. Combine this with the glorious wealth of fabric around us and the ability to colour this in our own ways and we have something wonderful. It has texture, mood and personality.”