Hayley Mills-Styles West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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For as long as I can remember I have been working with fabric and thread. My practice combines traditional techniques like applique and hand stitch with digital embroidery to create textile drawings and objects for exhibitions and commissions.

For as long as I can remember I have been working with fabric and thread. These traditional techniques were passed down by my grandmother who didn’t always appreciate my efforts, especially when I deconstructed my clothes and soft furnishings to see how they were made.

Things have changed since those early days but I still love to experiment with textiles. I use them to tell stories about my life, produce commission pieces for museums and galleries and teach people the skills that I learned as a child.

My work combines traditional techniques like applique, quilting and hand stitch with digital embroidery and sculptural elements, transforming these stories into textile drawings and objects.

Artwork

Archive Fragments

Medium: Digital Embroidery

Digitally embroidered text on wool fabric and soluble backing

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Archive Fragments

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Digitally embroidered wool fabrics and soluble fabric

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Marking Time

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Digitally embroidered vintage tray cloth

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Archiving Memories

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Digitally embroidered fabrics, found objects and textiles in a vintage archive drawer

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Rust Fragments

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Digital embroidery on wool fabric with found rope and hand embroidered details

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Rust Fragments

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Digital embroidery on wool fabric with Tyvek and hand embroidered details

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Going Sane: An Archive

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Digitally embroidered wool fabric with polyester stuffing and hand stitch

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Going Sane: An Archive

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Digital embroidery on wool fabric with polyester stuffing and hand stitch

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Past projects

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365 Leeds Stories

01/06/2013 to 01/05/2014

A collaborative project led by storytellers Matthew Bellwood and Alison Andrews. Over a series of four workshops, women from across Leeds came together to embroider maps telling the stories of residents from Tranquillity Court, a residential care home in Crossgates, Leeds.

In spring 2014 these maps came together to form an installation in a specially designed labyrinth. Alongside the maps, a series of embroidered handkerchiefs featuring quotes from regulars of Stainbeck Lunch Club. Each piece telling stories of the past through the eyes of Leeds residents.

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Thackray Uncovered

13/03/2017 to 30/06/2017

An exploration of the museum's archive of 79,000 medical objects and texts by artists Hayley Mills-Styles, Gemma Nash and Louise K Wilson.

Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds Details

The Warm & the Cold

01/01/2012 to 14/12/2012

The Warm & the Cold was a project led by arthur+martha, poet Phil Davenport and artist Lois Blackburn. Working alongside Lois and Phil the project visited the Big Issue offices and Booth Centre in Manchester. These groups shared stories and stitched denim patches which were included in a log cabin quilt, telling the stories of warmth and cold everyone had experienced.

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Weave // Fragments

19/05/2017 to 02/07/2017

An exhibition of work in the Finishing Room by artists Brisbane Taylor, Emma Dolan, Hayley Mills-Styles, Jane Walkley, Maria Walker, Oonagh Corr, and Penelope Hayes.

The Finishing Room triggered a creative impulse for a group of artists inspired by its sense of history and space. Exploration of the mill, its archive and processes have merged into this exhibition exploring the word weave.

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