Jenny McIlhatton

Jenny McIlhatton

I am a London based self-taught textile artist, born in Belfast a teenager of the good Friday agreement. I came to art later in life, after a career in fashion, textiles have always been my language and storytelling in my blood. Blending mythology, personal experiences and current socio-political movements my work links the past and the present. As an avid reader of contemporary and classic inter-sectional feminist literature, my mind is always occupied by the ways we need to change our world for the better. 

Sustainability is at the centre of my practice, I use ‘found’ fabrics collected from fashion alteration services as well as London factory surplus. The textiles are then used in a mixture of applique, experimental fabric manipulation and embroidery to create figurative and abstract art. Revisiting what was traditionally seen as ‘women’s work’ with a contemporary lens and using the laborious hand processes often forgotten in our fast - paced digital age.