Michelle House is a textile artist and designer who has been creating unique textile artworks for over twenty years. A longstanding member of CAA and Design-Nation, Michelle has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. Exhibitions include Collect, SOFA in Chicago, Ruthin Crafts Centre, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Stroud International Textiles Festival, a solo exhibition at Bankfield Museum and representing the UK in a printed textile exhibition at Gallerie Handwerk Munich. Her work has been commissioned and collected by clients such as Kit Kemp (Firmdale Hotels), Peter Jones, Paintings in Hospitals and the NHS. Michelle’s most recent commission was for the British Academy’s art collection, for which she was recommended by Sir Nicholas Goodison.
Working from her studio in South London Michelle uses dyes and pigments to print and paint onto natural fabrics. Combining photographic and hand-cut paper stencils to screen-print and paint layered artworks, she produces wall-hangings and smaller artworks stretched over frames. The meticulous piecing together of differently textured fabrics are also a feature of her work. From home Michelle digitally designs and plan new artworks, draws preparatory sketches and does any ‘clean’ work such as sewing. Inspiration comes from architecture, colour, the print process and the act of making.
Michelle believes that keeping alive traditional craft skills alongside new technology will be vitally important for craft practice in the future, and adopting and adjusting to ensure more sustainable practices. Her own aspirations for the next five years are to keep on pushing her work in new directions, be it the subject matter, scale, material or format, and to try her hand at designing rugs.