Barbara Kennington trained in fashion design at the Royal College of Art and has enjoyed a successful career in the international clothing industry, tracking colour, fabric and styling trends. More recently she has created a body of work that explores stitched and abstracted mark making translated onto both paper and material, also working with the constructed form to create both wearable and art textile pieces.
Material Being is a new venture conceived by Kennington and stitch colleague Lucy Goffin, and brings together a unique combination of textile experience. This joint project recognises the desire to find, buy and wear unique and individual garments that directly connect the wearer and the makers. Items that bring together contemporary hand stitching, shape, detail and construction – heritage items that will withstand the pressure of time and fashion.
Both personal work and work from the Material Being collaboration will be shown at the ‘praktis/2018 craft exhibition.
© Barbara Kennington, Storm: Series 1
© Barbara Kennington, Storm study
© Barbara Kennington, Japan: Series 1
© Barbara Kennington / Lucy Goffin: hand stitched hand-loom silk Kimono Jacket