Gallery 2 & 3
Neil Bottle : All That Remains
A new body of work, as Neil celebrates 30 years as a textile designer. Neil’s fascinating textile hangings in All That Remains are inspired by family photographs, a sense of time passing and how we remember things – in both real and false memories. The textile prints are accompanied by personal, sentimental objects that were the starting point for many of the stories Neil is telling – ‘I like the idea of objects that have history embedded in them,’ he says.
A year after graduating in Textiles and Fashion from Middlesex University in 1989, Neil won the New Designers Textile Prize, and never looked back. For many years his scarves and ties, hangings and cushions sold to the best stores across the world: Liberty, Fortnum and Mason and Harrods in England, Holt Renfrew and Neiman Marcus in the USA, Joyce in Hong Kong and of course at Ruthin Craft Centre too! Neil’s work is held in collections around the world including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York and The Crafts Council Collection in London.
Neil moved gradually into teaching and now heads up the Department of Fashion Textiles at University for the Creative Arts. This allows him freedom from the constraints of accessory production that he established his name with: ‘I wanted to concentrate on the one-off things I’d always loved doing.’
Neil separates his textile work into pre-digital, and post digital. He was one of the first designer-makers to start to work with computers as his main medium. After taking an MA in Digital, Neil began exploring the possibilities that working digitally opened up for him. His textiles are now all digitally printed, although he does go back to work on some pieces – adding screen printing and stitch in to them.