The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
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.
22nd Sept 2020 - 1st Nov
Jan - Feb 2020
'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
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
First Class Ba Hons Textile Design (Embroidery), Birmingham City University
Innovation and creativity in Level 5, Birmingham City University
Exemplary performance, Birmingham