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Orla Stevens

Orla Stevens
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My work in both design and art disciplines is influenced by Scottish landscape and the cultural traditions tied to its rural locations. I am inspired by the history, music and stories found within traditional Scottish culture. My work aims to bring the emotive narrative of these mediums into visual form, combining with the abstracted natural environment through colour, symbolism, texture and form.

Working between textiles design and fine art, my work is always initially led by drawing. I approach drawing in a very broad way: Looking to treat my movements through mark making as a form of expression. I aim to capture moments and feelings of place within my work, to translate the emotional qualities of place that are evoked on location. With a love for mixed media, I use film, photography and paint to explore ideas before translating into final mixed media paintings or textile designs. Within textiles, my ideas are explored through dyes, screen-print and embroidery.

I use making as a form of story telling, and seek to explore the relationship that lies between landscape, it's historical narrative and our present experience of place.

Website/Folio: www.orlastevens.com
Instagram: orlastevens
2013-2014: Tramway Visual Arts Portfolio Course
2014-2018: Edinburgh College of Art BA (Hons) Textiles Design
2015-2018: Colony of Artists Exhibition, annualy, Edinburgh
2018: Worshipful Company of Dyers Colour Undergraduate Award
2018: Cirkel company sustainable design award
2018: Tangible Sounds Exhibition, Forres
2019: Aural Textiles Residency
2019: Drawn Threads Exhibition, Rogart, Glasgow
Shift to Autumn
  • Orla Stevens
  • Shift to Autumn
  • Acrylic
Layered Landscape Killin Blanket
  • Orla Stevens
  • Layered Landscape Killin Blanket
  • Screenprinting
What Lies Beneath
  • Orla Stevens
  • What Lies Beneath
  • Acrylic
Misted Senses
  • Orla Stevens
  • Misted Senses
  • Mixed Media
Rhythms of Balquhidder Blanket
  • Orla Stevens
  • Rhythms of Balquhidder Blanket
  • Screenprinting
Gaining Momentum
  • Orla Stevens
  • Gaining Momentum
  • Mixed Media
Linger
  • Orla Stevens
  • Linger
  • Mixed Media
Shoreline Grasses Blanket
  • Orla Stevens
  • Shoreline Grasses Blanket
  • Mixed Media

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