sally greaves-lord
email: sally@sallygreaves-lord.com
telephone: +44 (0)1723 35 29 29

Sally Greaves-Lord designs large scale textile banners. Her richly coloured, subtly textured, multi-layered abstract images are created by hand.

'Out of a playful movement of elements whose interrelations are not immediately apparent, patterns arise which an observant and critical intellect can only evaluate afterwards. The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting out of inner necessity. Concepts are coined and negotiable values; images are life.'
C G Jung


‘I have loved making patterns with a passion since I was a child. It is a way of ordering and sorting things out. I notice patterns everywhere, in numbers and shapes and rhythms, in cities and landscapes and interiors’


She is inspired by the use of textiles in the films of director Akira Kurosawa. ‘Those amazing japanese banners are quite stunning; sensuous and billowing textiles, both a call to arms and an expression of something other-worldly’

Graduating from the Royal College of Art in the 1980s, she also works with architectural practices and interior designers on projects such as cinemas and nightclubs, schools, fashion shops, hospitals, domestic interiors and places of worship. Greaves-Lord’s work has been adapted for use within fashion, theatre, marketing, product design, flooring design, screen printed glass, tablelinen, giftware and murals.

Clients include Conran Associates, Issey Miyake, Durham Cathedral, Sheffield Cathedral, BUPA, St James’s Hospital [Leeds], the BBC and Virgin Records.

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Curriculum Vitae

Born

1957   
Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, United Kingdom


Training

1980 - 1982   
Royal College of Art
1977 - 1980   
West Surrey College of Art and Design [Surrey Institute]
1976 - 1977   
Bournville School of Art and Crafts


Employment

2001   
External Assessor, Royal College of Art, London
1996 - 2001   
External Adviser, Norwich School of Art & Design
1985 - 1991   
Creative Director at Issey Miyake UK


Awards and Residencies

2010 - 2011   
Celebrating Place commission, Chrysalis Arts
2009/2010   
Connections North Residency, Jyväskylä, Finland, ACE, Chrysalis Arts
2008   
Research visit to Finland, ACE, Chrysalis Arts
2002   
Making Award, Yorkshire Arts
1997   
International Fund Award, Yorkshire Arts, for visit to artists residency in Montenegro with Jane Poulton


Selected Exhibitions

2009   
Sweet Hope, solo exhibition, Queens Hall, Hexham, Northumberland
2006-8   
Made in the Middle, Craftspace Touring exhibition
2003   
Colour Feel, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield; Ferens Gallery, Hull
2003   
Colour Feel, Scarborough Art Gallery, Yorkshire
2002   
Inspirations, The Hill House, Helensburgh, Scotland
2001   
Thirteen Hands Exhibition, The West Highland Museum, Fort William [touring]
2001   
Textiles and Glass: Sally Greaves–Lord and Rachael Woodman, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2000   
Embrace Hope, Bankfield Museum, Halifax, solo [touring]
1998   
Cloths of Gold, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
1997   
Textiles North, York City Art Gallery
1997   
Objects of Our Time, Crafts Council, London
1997   
Contemporary Decorative Art, Sotheby’s, London
1996   
Living at Belsay, Belsay Hall, Northumberland, English Heritage
1994   
Colour into Cloth, Crafts Council, London
1988   
The New Spirit in British Craft and Design, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles
1988   
Sally Greaves–Lord, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, solo
1988   
Contemporary British Craft Exhibition, Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art and Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art, Japan, The British Council

Selected Commissions

2011 – 2012
Sea Swim, Windbreak and Flag, ACE, Scarborough
2007 – 2011
Durham Cathedral. Altar Frontal and Chapter Copes
2008
Nine framed works for St James’s Hospital, Leeds
2006
Textile commission for Healix, London
2003
Six banners for private residence, Scotland
2002
Two six–metre banners, No1 Deansgate, Manchester
2002
Processional Banners, Sheffield Cathedral
2001
The Broadway Cinema and Theatre, Peterborough
1997
Window Installations, Bangkok, Thailand
1995
Design of painted shelter with John Winter at Summerfield Respite Centre
1995
Sculptural Installation with John Winter for ICI/Dupont, Verona, commissioned by Susan Minter
1993
Tradefair Installation for Silhouette, Austria, Belgium, France, Holland, Italy, Canada
1992
Mural and painted interior for Southampton Civic Centre
1991
Silk Banners for The Long Term Credit Bank of Japan
1989
Painted backdrop for the BBC
1986
Painted interior at Roof Gardens nightclub for Virgin Records
1985
Sloane Street interior for Issey Miyake with Ken Armstrong and David Chipperfield


Selected Collections

2010
Crafts Study Centre, Surrey Institute, Farnham
2003
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2001
Bankfield Museum, Halifax
1999
Textile Study Centre, Bath, now at the Surrey Institute
1997
BUPA, London
1991
Long Term Credit Bank of Japan
1990
Arthur Andersen, London
1989
Contemporary Art Society, London
1989
Crafts Council, London
1988
Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art
1988
Victoria and Albert Museum Collection

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