Interview with Jackie Brough
I joined Textile 21 in 2009. I was invited to apply after winning First Prize in an art competition entitled 'Silk', which formed part of the Three Shires Textile Festival.
I trained as a nurse and worked in Cheshire for 20 years as a Family Planning/Well Woman Nurse, during which time I gained a Science Degree with the Open University.
I have always been interested in designing and making things and was taught to knit and sew by my mother. I made clothes for my dolls from a very early age, including making the wardrobe from a cardboard box and coat hangers from wire. This progressed to my own clothes, soft furnishings and furniture with the help of my designer husband. Interior design has been a long standing passion.
I am really an ideas person; I think constantly about solving problems and making things work. The greater the number of obstacles, the more challenging and creative a piece of work becomes. I love the physical process of hand-making, especially the tactile qualities of materials; I like one-off ideas and imperfection.
I had a mid-life crisis career change, and though I had never done art at school, I went to college to try a GNVQ in Art and Design. I passed with distinction which spurred me on to go further, and I gained a First Class Honours degree in Contemporary Craft at Manchester Metropolitan University. I entered my work into various exhibitions and competitions nationally and internationally, winning several awards.
I would describe my work as three-dimensional textile installation. It is made up using multiples of simple units. My style is reckless and has no boundaries; anything goes. In 3 words I would describe my work as experimental, unexpected, tactile.
For fabric I prefer to use silk, either organza for subtlety, or dupion for colour, but I also like to incorporate other materials such as concrete, wood, metal and plastic.
My inspiration comes from people. Ideally I would like my work to highlight issues which are particularly important in people's lives; to be thought provoking and carry emotion.
Below is some of Jackie's experimental work for the exhibition at Ordsall Hall based on the architecture and structure of the house.