Arts Council of Wales | Ainsley Hillard
Creative Wales Awards 2011/12

Ainsley Hillard

Applied Arts and Craft

Ainsley-HillardAinsley lives and works in Carmarthenshire. In 2000 she graduated with a First Class Degree in Constructed Textiles from Middlesex University, London. The recipient of the James Pantyfedwen Scholarship in 2001/02 she continued postgraduate studies in Australia where she was awarded a Master of Art with Distinction from Curtin University in 2003.

Exhibiting nationally and internationally her work was most recently awarded first prize in the 3rd International Competition of Textile Art, Belgium and the International Textiles Biennial of Scythia, Ukraine. Other awards include the Valcellina Artist Award, Italy and the Shell Fremantle Print Award, Australia.

Her work is included in the Lloyd Cotsen Textile Traces Collection U.S.A. and the Fiber Art Collection of the City of Chieri, Italy.

Project - Sounding Out

Traces-Ainsley-HillardSounding Out – towards a multi-sensory experience – audio textile installation.

For Ainsley the fascination of cloth and its construction runs deeper than the physicality of the material itself. Trained as a tapestry weaver, she has developed a need to challenge the conventions of weaving, driven by a personal respect for both sides of a woven cloth. This curiosity has led her to take her woven works off the wall, to view both sides, and become more aware of the spatial experience and potential for site-referential installations.

Ainsley expressed a need, at this stage in her career, to undergo a period of intense research to further develop her artistic practice by embracing an interdisciplinary approach, combining textile and non-textile materials and processes to create multi-sensory art works.

The sensory attributes of the visual, the tactile and the aural will be researched and explored by combining traditional hand skilled processes with contemporary materials such as thermo-chromic inks and conductive yarns to create reactive and interactive textiles that offer a multi-aspect reception and response from the audience.

This Creative Wales Award will enable her to acquire specialized skills in computer jacquard weaving and utilize digital sound technologies. She will record and edit original sounds to investigate the potential of integrating specialized audio equipment within textiles pieces and specific architectural environments.

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