Lynn Setterington is an internationally recognised artist working in the textiles arena, most notably quilts and hand stitched cloths. Over the last decade she has worked on a number of large public engagement projects and collaborations with diverse groups.
Pieces often possess a strong autobiographical content, juxtaposed with a constant celebration of the ordinary and overlooked in society. She has undertaken a number of residencies and commissions including work at Belsay Hall in Northumberland, the Harris Museum Preston, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery and recently a quilt with the people of Blackpool for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Lynn was born in Yorkshire and trained at York College of Arts and Technology and Goldsmiths College London. She has been a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University in the School of Art since 1992 and in 2009 was awarded a Public Engagement Fellowship.
Lynn was involved in many collaborative works with other artists and creative people. A collaborative project with poet Helen Clare to create a large scale embroidered poem as part of the Manchester Science Festival 2008. The final poem is constructed as a tree of life/family tree and is made up of series of quotes and statements from the participating groups. Individual leaves were stitched by students from the Embroidery Programme at MMU to add “different voices” to the narrative.
A visit in 1988 to the Woven Air Exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London which showcased hand embroidered Kantha quilts from Bangladesh and Bengal brought about a change in Setterington’s work and a dialogue with contemporary quiltmaking that has continued ever since.
She is an Associate Fellow of the International Quilt Study Center in the US and in 2010 received their visiting Fellowship. She is a member of the 62 Group of textile artists and has exhibited internationally from the US to New Zealand, the Netherlands and Italy. Her work is held in many major public and private collections.
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