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Ruth Singer

Ruth Singer creates textile artworks and collectible objects inspired by historical textiles, museum objects, personal heritage, memory and stories. Ruth uses natural and sustainable textiles combined with hand-stitching as well as fabric manipulation techniques such as pleating, smocking, appliqué and quilting to create dense surface texture. Many of her techniques are developed from the study of historical textiles, based on her own research and first career in museums.

Ruth mainly works on projects, often in collaboration with communities, museums or other artists. In 2010 she created work for Derby Museums inspired by their African collections and in 2012 she made a series for Shire Hall Gallery based on Victorian photographs of criminals, which have been purchased for the gallery's collection. Ruth's personal work includes the series Monumental Folly which explores love and the sense of place associated with a particular building, which recently won the Craftspace Prize at Unit Twelve Contemporary Craft Open. She also exhibits and sells smaller-scale work suitable for the home.

Ruth has also written three sewing books; Sew It Up (2008), Sew Eco (2010) and Fabric Manipulation, 150 Creative Sewing Techniques,(2013). She also runs Ruth Singer Studio, a creative sewing school in Leicester.

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