Textiles teacher Katrina Parris to exhibit artwork at Leigh Art Trail

Friday, 27 May 2016

Textiles artist Katrina Parris is showing her work at dk2 kitchens in Leigh Road as part of the annual celebration of art in Southend.

This will be the second time Katrina has exhibited her quilted hangings and panels as part of the art trail.

Katrina said: “It was really busy last year, I loved meeting people and it is really good to explain to people how my ideas have developed and show my sketchbooks – I suppose that is the teacher in me!

Katrina Parris“I find it is quite helpful to hear what people think of my work. When you put work in an exhibition you’re not always around to get the feedback but with the art trail I try to be there every day.

“People do travel quite a distance to see the art trail.”

Katrina first started teaching at Seevic in 1983 and has used her experience as a working artist to help students looking to get into the industry. Since retiring in 2010 she works at the college one day a week and uses her spare time to continue to create artwork.

She explained with the popularity of programs like the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee there was more interest in textiles as a subject.

Katrina added: “With programs like the Sewing Bee, there is more interest in personalising clothing or upcycling. Our students are doing that kind of thing now.”

Leigh Art Trail runs from Saturday, June 4 until Saturday, June 11. It includes 45 artists in 31 venues and for more information go to www.leigharttrail.com.

Textiles is an ideal A-Level choice for students interested in Fashion Design or considering studying textiles, fashion or costume at university. 

Find out more about studying Textiles at Seevic College

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