Hayley Mills-Styles West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Hayley Mills-Styles is a Yorkshire based artist working with embroidery. Her work has been exhibited in museums and heritage sites throughout the north. Using fabric and thread, she creates textile drawings and objects with an autobiographical theme. Hayley works with the traditional techniques of hand embroidery, applique and patchwork, combining them with the digitally embroidered drawings.

Hayley Mills-Styles is a Yorkshire based artist working with embroidery. Her work has been exhibited in museums and heritage sites throughout the north. Using fabric and thread, she creates textile drawings and objects with an autobiographical theme. Hayley works with the traditional techniques of hand embroidery, applique and patchwork, combining them with the digitally embroidered drawings.

The common theme that runs throughout Hayley’s practice is memory; she creates stories about her own experiences that resonate deeply with the viewer. Textiles and embroidery offer Hayley a unique opportunity to present these stories in a way that draws in the audience, evoking memories of their own stories and textile memories.

“My practice uses fabric and thread to tell stories, my aim in working with Whitby Museum was to interpret their collections in a different way. Each piece from the exhibition tells a story about my life, using pieces from the museum’s archive as a reference point.”

Artwork

Fragments: An Archive, Digital Embroidery, 2017

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Fragments: An Archive, 2017

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Marking Time, 2014

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Archive Drawer, 2015

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Roped, 2016

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Textured, 2016

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Mass X-Ray: An Archive, 2016

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Number 38: Aches & Pains, 2016

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Previous projects

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Archive & Other Stories

15/09/2018

Archive & Other Stories brings together a collection of works inspired by the objects housed in Whitby Museum.

“Both Whitby and the museum have played a significant part in my life story, as a child I visited the museum with my grandparents. I would spend hours looking at the cabinets of treasures, creating stories and learning about...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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