Group DetailsMichelle Stephens
I offer a variety of workshops on site at R-Space Gallery, 32 Castle Street Lisburn as well as on various other locations.
Michelle Stephens graduated from the University of Ulster with First Class Honours from her B.A. (Hons) in Fine and Applied Arts degree, in June 2010. Following a placement year in the US, Stephens returned to complete her degree in Belfast, only then to stay on another year as Artist in Residence within the Textile Art Department. Most recently Stephens has now taken up a place on the Making IT program with Craft NI at R-Space, Lisburn for two years.
A defining characteristic of her work has been the sustained commitment to the conceptual synthesis of contemporary and historical sources, with particular interest in the exploration of line and structure. She has persistently worked within contested areas of textile practice and believes that the most innovative contemporary textiles emanate from an assured understanding of both textile technique and history.
With this in mind, Stephens has explored and developed abstracted weave techniques, inventing many new and imaginative ways of integrating textiles with other media. She has utilised computer laser cutting, forged steel and digital technologies alongside abstracted woven techniques in this new body of work. Exploring the illusionary space between two and three dimensions, the works are dramatic, rhythmic and holographic in feel.