Amanda Haran Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Amanda Haran is a contemporary textile and mixed media artist based in Leicestershire, Warwickshire and the East Midlands. As an empath, she blends textiles’ tiny hand and machine stitches with repurposed items to create pieces that convey the depths of the mind, emotion, and life events.
Hand and machine embroidery with rubbish.
Born in Bolton, North West England, and as an extended member of Horrockses weaving pioneers, her fascination with art textiles was inevitable. Refined during her teenage years, she won the Susan Mary Simpson Art Prize and Bolton School Prize for Textiles; opting for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Textile Design and Design Management at Manchester (UMIST), she rummaged through her passion gaining a course prize and an Umbro Design Award. Having used artistic therapeutic pursuits throughout her degree, she began further education in creative therapy culminating in practitioner qualifications in hypno psychotherapy and stress and anxiety management. Her knowledge of art textiles and formal therapy practices have taken her to work alongside varied societies. She currently acts as the artist in residence at King Edward VI College, Nuneaton. Fascinated by the works of Lorina Bulwer, Agnes Richter, and the Common Threads Project, Amanda’s oeuvre encompasses textiles, embroidery, printing, and repurposing the discarded and lost to encourage all’s innate art ability to express emotion, feeling, mood, and memory. Amanda cherishes the connection her work has with the waste, unwanted and misplaced objects of people, echoing the states of numerous.