Hello - I am Norah Stocker a qualified Artist, printmaker, teacher of design and textiles completing my City and Guilds Creative Textiles and Craft Designs Part I and II (Diploma equivalent) in 2002. I trained with Isobel Clover at Ipswich College and then with Ann Brown at Witham Adult Education Centre. I am also a qualified adult education teacher and have my City and Guilds FAETC 730. Fine Art Printmakers Certificate Level 2.
My earlier years inspiration and research was Indian textiles starting with the Buta (Paisley) design. I loved all the colours and hues of India and continued to be inspired by India with the wonderful works of Julia Caprara (who is sadly missed). My final metre piece was a 5 ft tall textile sculpture figure based on designs and colours of the beautiful "Jaipur".
I was a national finalist for the "Inspired by the V&A" in 1999 and exhibited a creative textile mirror based on the the beautiful turquoise Ottaman fireplace tiles at the V&A Museum, London.My textile items exhibited at the EHA won the "World in Your Hands" cup.
I exhibited and sold my first wall hanging based on a William de Morgans tile panel at Sail Ipswich, Suffolk in 1997. I started Fantasia Textiles in 1999 and sold my work at Braintree Museum.
On completion of my City and Guilds I was a founder member of the O2 (OTT) Textile Group in 2003 but left due to personal circumstances.
I was a founder member of the O2 Group. I am a member of The Guild of Essex Craftsmen, Gainsborough House Print Studio, Printmakers 8 Group. SAQA International (Studio Art Quilts Association), the Essex Region Textile Forum (ERTF). Quilters Guild, the Embroiderers Guild, Lace Guild, Cotton Scatterers quilting group. Mentors my Focus Group.
In recent years I have formed the Design2Stitch Focus Group to enable textile artists to share ideas and skills and explore a wider remit of the textile world for further work and exhibitions. We exhibited at Snape Maltings June 2015 in the Gallery Workshop and the Minories Gallery in Colchester in October 2015. Braintree Museum for six weeks from May 2016. June Quay Gallery Snape Maltings 2016.
I have exhibited regularly throughout East Anglia in recent years. Quay Gallery, Snape Maltings Suffolk, Curwen School of Print, Solo Exhibition Red Lion Bookshop Gallery, Braintree Museum six weeks, The Minories Colchester, Rhodes Gallery Brentwood, Denny Abbey Cambridge, Festival of Quilts, amongst other local venues. A national finalist for the "Inspired by the V&A" in 1999.
Last year for the month of May 2017 I was invited to hold a solo exhibition at the Lion Bookshop gallery, Colchester, Chelmsford Museum.
For 2018 I am exhibiting at Snape Maltings Quay Gallery June, Thaxted Guildhall September, Mill Tye Gallery September, Saffron Walden Museum October onwards.
Design2Stitch-Fantasia Textiles is an approved Micro Centre to offer City & Guilds Design & Craft Stitched Textiles for Embroidery and stitched textiles Level 3. (part of the HUB Link2Create 7232571).
For the past 30 years I have been involved with creative textiles. My passion now is for creating in both design and development techniques which is an exciting challenge. Art and photography have always been my priority and still is to develop my work further. Fine art printmaking using the printing press allows freedom to my new work.
Designing my own fabric is paramount to me and exploring different techniques to achieve this is very exciting. Exploring dyeing methods and printing techniques. Layering with colour of dyes and paints, texture and imagery by silk screen printing, collography or transfer methods. Digitising imagery and transferring my designs to fabric is a constant pleasure.
I am very interested in fine art printmaking especially in using it within the art and textile world. Art and photography have always been my medium and these specialist methods I have been using are invaluable to my recent work.
I run my own workshops and courses at my Coggeshall studio.