Curriculum Vitae of Pat Bean
Artist's Statement

Current CV


Qualifications and Training


City and Guilds Diploma in creative embroidery


Many day embroidery courses



2013 Astley Hall, Chorley, Lancashire
2012/2013 The Farm, Burscough, Lancashire
2012/2013 Haworth Gallery, Accrington, Lancashire
2012 Samlesbury Hall, Preston, Lancashire
2012 Brabins Gallery, Chipping, Lancashire
2012 Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts, Aintree, Liverpool
2011 "Natural Fibres", Mere Sands Nature Reserve, Rufford
2011 "From Roses to Ruffles", Samlesbury Hall
2011 "Inspired" (Highly commended), Rachel Kay Shuttleworth Collection, Gawthorpe Hall
2011 "Connecting Stitches", Creative Stitches and Hobbycraft , Aintree
2010 Brabin's Gallery, Chipping, Longridge
2010 Designer knitting Yarns,  Clitheroe
2010 "Echoes of Nature" Drumcroon Gallery   Wigan
2009 P.A.D Gallery   Preston  
Preston College Diploma Exhibition 

Organisation Memberships


One Step On Textile and Embroidery Group

  Natural Progression  Embroidery and Textile Group
  International Felters Association
   Fellside Felters (Knowle Green, Lancs )


Embroiderer's Guild



Artist's Statement

I am a textile artist living in Mawdesley, Lancashire and first became interested in textiles at secondary school. I joined the Embroiderers Guild when I retired early from teaching in 2001.After many day courses I began studying for City and Guild’s stitched textiles, gaining the Diploma in 2009. A piece of Diploma work was selected for exhibition at the P.A.D. gallery in Preston for which I was awarded third prize

I find inspiration from many sources but especially through the vibrancy of colour in the natural world and I enjoy the challenge of contemporary design. My garden gives me a never ending supply of ideas. Travelling to incredible areas of the world is also inspirational and a recent trip to Peru and the Galapagos Islands filled a few sketch books!

My designs are developed through a combination of digitally altered photographs, experiments with different materials and sketchbook work.

I love working with texture and often combine natural fibres such as wool, silk and paper with distorted layers of synthetic fabrics. The addition of hand and machine stitch gives an extra dimension to my work.

At the moment I am developing my felting skills and much of my work uses handmade felt as a basis for free machine embroidery and additional textural embellishments.
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