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Born in Denmark, I trained as a weaver in the workshop of John Becker in Copenhagen. After moving to London in the 1960’s, I worked with Karen Finch, restoring antique tapestries.

Since the 1970’s I have been designing, weaving and exhibiting my own tapestries, which can be found in collections both in this country and abroad.

Working mainly with Nepalese handspun nettle yarn my work often has a mythological, mystical or meditative theme; some are inspired by the written word.

The weaving techniques are simple and traditional. The long slow work process is important to the development of each piece, and the aim is to produce a strong, contemporary, thought-provoking image, sometimes with a dreamlike quality. The brilliant colour ranges, and the diversity of texture in the different yarns, are a constant challenge and excitement.

I taught part time at Bath Academy of Art for many years, and have run workshops for adults and children. In 1998 I was artist in residence at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton and in 1999 featured in the BBC 2 Arts and Crafts Programme.  During 1998 – 1999 I worked with the community of Franciscan Brothers at Hilfield Friary in Dorset, where I taught some of the Brothers to weave.  I designed four large panels, which were woven by the community for their recreation room.

My book: “Tapestry Weaving” was published by Search Press in June 2002, and translated into Polish in 2004. It was republished as a Search Press Classic in 2015 and is available from bookshops, Amazon and other online retailers.

I currently work from my studio in Bradford-on-Avon, Bath.


Exhibitions
2022

Heallreaf 4. UK


2017

The Kate Derum Award Exhibition - Australia

Heallreaf 2. UK


2014

January 25th - May 18th
ARTAPESTRY3: Allers-Retour, France

February 16th - March 2nd 
Chalet Farb, Saanen, Switzerland

August 6th - September 7th 
ARTAPESTRY3. The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design Riga. Latvia

October 7th - November 1st  
Restless Artists - On a Journey - Yew Tree Gallery, Cornwall
http://www.yewtreegallery.com


2013

January 12th – March 10th 
ARTAPESTRY3 at Museum of Central Finland, Jyväskylä, Finland.  
www.tapestry.dk

June 29th -  August 3rd
Small Tapestry International 3: “Outside the Line: Tacoma, Washington, USA.  
Travelling to Troy, Ohio, USA, September 27th – December 1st
americantapestryalliance.org

June 8th - August 25th
ARTAPESTRY3, Kulturcentrum, Ronneby, Sweden.
www.tapestry.dk

September 7th - December 21st
A Sensitive Art.  The Quilt Museum and Gallery, York.
http://www.thebritishtapestrygroup.co.uk/


2012

17th May – 21st August & travelling.
ARTAPESTRY 3, Silkeborg, Denmark
 www.silkeborgbad.dk

21st / 22nd April.
Art-in-Mind”. The Maynard School in Exeter.  
www.art-in-mind.co.uk 

Oct- Dec
Everyday Encounters. The Society of Designer Craftsmen.  
William Morris Gallery, London.  
www.walthamforest.gov.uk/william-morris


2011

Spring Song”
Yew Tree gallery, Cornwall.

Birds of a Feather
Yew Tree gallery, Cornwall.


2010

The Arts Festival, Bradford-on-Avon, Tapestry Workshop

ARTAPESTRY2 Kulturens Hus, Luleå, Sweden

Not So Fast !, The Octagon, Milsom Street, Bath

ARTAPESTRY2,Musée Jean-Lurçat et de la tapisserie contemporaine, Angers, France


2009

ARTAPESTRY2, West Norway Museum of Decorative Art, Bergen, Norway

Focus on weaving, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon


2008

“Land UK” -  The UK work that was shown in Tapestry 08 in Canberra, Australia, at Bartholomew Street West Gallery, Exeter, Devon

ARTAPESTRY 2, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark - European Tapestry Forum

Tapestry 08, Dean Clough Galleries and Bankfield Museum, Halifax

“LAND” Award Exhibition, Canberra, Australia
"Land Definition One" by Kirsten Glasbrook- Highly Commended

"Designer Crafts 2008", The Mall Galleries, London


2007

Festival exhibition by Kirsten Glasbrook and Sandra Porter
The West Barn, Barton Farm, Bradford on Avon

Artspace, Barn Galleries, Henley

"Cloth Road" Artists Open Studios

Yew Tree Gallery, Cornwall


2006

Members Showcase Solo Exhibition, The Devon Guild of Craftsmen


2005

8th Triennale Internationale des mini-textiles in Angers, France. Theme "JARDINS REDUITS"

Textile Tent at Art in Action, Oxford

"Designer Crafts 2005", The Mall Galleries, London


2004

"Personal selection", Cirencester

St James Gallery, Bath Festival Exhibition

Artspace, Barn Galleries, Henley

"The Story and the Song", Brewery Arts, Cirencester


2003

European Makers Gallery, Amsterdam: Artist of the Month during May

Textile Tent at Art in Action


2002

"Construction", Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire

Gold Gallery, Edinburgh

Devon Guild Summer exhibition

Art in Action Gallery: "Focus on Denmark"</

Vena Bunker Gallery, Bristol: "Journey into Light"

Rope Store Gallery, Stroud: "Private Journeys"

Devon Guild Christmas exhibition: "Luxurious Textiles and Opulent Jewellery"

Christmas Exhibition, Yew Tree Gallery, Cornwall


2001

Barn Galleries, Henley: "Artspace 2001"

Yew Tree Gallery, Cornwall: "Eye of the Soul"


2000

Barn Galleries, Henley: "Artspace 2000"

Rivenstone Festival, Dartmoor

Hawker Gallery, Buckinghamshire

Devon Guild of Craftsmen: "High Fibre", and Summer Exhibition


1999

Devon Guild of Craftsmen Summer Exhibition

Art in Action, Oxford

Shire Hall Gallery, Staffordshire

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton: "Bearing Gifts"

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