Linda Newington

Linda Newington leads the Printmaking studios.

www.lindanewington.com

www.soton.ac.uk/intheloop

Twitter – Linda Newington@intheloop3

Linda studied on the first BA (Hons) Fine Art course at Winchester School of Art, specialising in painting. As a student her work was selected for New Contemporaries. She graduated with a first class honours degree and then moved to London where she worked in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, South Kensington. It was here that a significant and lasting interest in natural history developed through curation of the botanical paintings, prints and drawings. This collection included botanical paintings made during explorations to many different parts of the world to miniature watercolours of garden flowers to wood block prints in early medicinal herbals.

She is Head of Library and Archive Collections for Art and Design at Winchester School of Art, a specialist art and design library, of the University of Southampton Library. She has responsibility for a number of Special Collections amongst them the Artists Books Collection and the Knitting Reference Library. Her unique and distinctive approach has been to work with these collections for a range of activities including conferences, events, exhibitions, publications, digital and student projects.

In 2007 she completed an MA in the History of Textiles and Dress with the Textile Conservation Centre. Her dissertation focused on the image and status of knitting in relation to the Knitting Collections held by the University Library.

She is the founder of In the loop, a series of five international, interdisciplinary conferences with a focus on the many aspects of knitting. They have been the foundation for cutting-edge research on knitting with contributions from academics, archivists, artists, designers, knitters, students and alumni worldwide.

Since 2008 she has been visiting Shetland where walking and drawing led to a new series of works being exhibited at the Jane Fuest Gallery, Alresford in 2013. Shetland has also revived her interest in textiles from natural dyeing to knitting, from tweed to all types of textile sample books. The distinctive colours and landscape details of Shetland including the rich textile culture both historical and contemporary, and a group of Shetland friends now provide an endless resource of interest and influence for her practice as an artist.

During spring 2014 she was the artist in residence at the Limfjordscentret, Doverodde in Northwest Denmark. From this base many visits were made to the coast including Agger for the most stunning sunsets also a long drive up to Skagen on the northern most tip of Denmark. A second visit is planned to Doverodde in May 2015, for a joint exhibition with Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck at the Limfjordscentret.

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