About

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The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Recent graduate Charlotte Relf is a textile designer who specialises in Embroidery with a difference. Her passion for the extraordinary is evident in her work through  brave colour decisions, curious fusions of textural fabric and modernising of traditional embroidery techniques. Much of Charlotte’s inspiration is drawn from her surroundings, exploring new places and opening her mind to new experiences. She takes inspiration from other contemporary artists such as Dan Lam, Serena Garcia Dalla Venezia and Francesca Belgiojoso.

 

Her work consists of eye catching series of hallucinatory landscapes that are influenced by personal emotions, and visuals experienced within the confused state of awakening.

 

By combining unusual cinematic images haphazardly and using non-traditional materials with exaggerated embroidery stitches, Charlotte captures the tension within surreal settings capturing the attention of the viewers. 
 

Charlotte strives to make impactful designs that evoke a reaction from her viewers through a combination of digital graphics, collage, mark making and material exploration. Her ideas often start forming in a sketchbook and she then ventures out of the restrictions of paper to sample testers and developments until she's happy.

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Exhibitions

22nd Sept 2020 - 1st Nov

Feb 2020

Jan - Feb 2020

Jun 2019

Mar 2019

'Semi Awake' Solo Exhibition, The Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, Sunbury

 

Surface Design Show, Business Design Centre, London

Tactile Fusion, Group Exhibition at The Heseltine Gallery, Banbury

New Designers, Business Design Centre, London

ColourHive Display, at Birmingham City University, Parkside Building, Birmingham

Other Experience

June 2021

Dec 2019

Oct 2018

Sept 2018

Freelance hand embroiderer for The London Embroidery Studio

 

Embroidery Event Staff for Hawthorne & Heaney Ltd, London

Volunteer Refugee Embroidery Project with Mothership Projects, Birmingham

Volunteer at In:Site Festival with Craftspace, Birmingham

Awards

2019

2018

2017

First Class Ba Hons Textile Design (Embroidery), Birmingham City University

 

Innovation and creativity in Level 5, Birmingham City University

Exemplary performance, Birmingham

 

Contact Me

For any queries about collaborations, commissions, purchases or general questions contact:

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