Q&A Liz Cooksey


We are delighted to have textile artist Liz Cooksey on the trail this year. She will be located at Venue L, Gordon Cooke open studio & gardens on Poplar Grove.


What is your practice?

I call myself a textile artist but my work is made up of mixed media . I did a Textile degree at MMU when it was known as the Poly. I use a combination of techniques such as crochet, tatting, embroidery, printing, wire work, found & collected treasures.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Delicate, Intricate, Composed, narrative, Collections

Do you have any art or design heroes?

There are lots, I love the work of some contemporary Jewelers Jack Cunningham, Jo Pond and Grainne Morton. Print makers Angela Harding, Mark Hearld and Angie Lewin. 1950’s textiles contemporary textile artist Alice Fox .. the list could keep growing.


Where is your studio?

I have a studio at home, a large sunny room on the first floor. Being based at home means I can make the most of working at any time.

What 10 words describe a typical day in your studio?

Cup of tea, tidy my space, crochet, cup of tea, crochet some more, bend,shape and hammer some wire, deliberate, compose , have a cup of tea.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

I am developing some new work using a circular structure, technical challenges to overcome but it is always exciting to take on a new direction.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I have been invited to exhibit some work at the Gordon Cooke’s lovely home and beautiful garden at Poplar Grove venue L.
If you are opening your studio on the trail have you got anyone exhibiting at your studio? Answer if applicable

Tell us something we don’t know

Crochet is known as haken in Holland, hackling in Denmark, hakling in Norway and virking in Sweden.



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