... AS SEEN BY DIANE HUDSON
I am a textile designer and thus particularly interested in the representation of fabrics in old master paintings. I have just completed a study of luxury fabrics in 12th century Siena, based on Simone Martini’s Three Saints in the Fitzwilliam Museum, where designs feature small foliate patterns and vines, picked out in gold on richly coloured grounds. Future plans include actually constructing some designs and working out the repeats of the painted versions of fabrics, as well as a study of Leonardo’s natural history drawings.
My other sources of inspiration include pottery and porcelain, particularly English manufactures of pottery figures and shapes, such as cauliflower teapots, which appeal to my admiration for craft skills. I love the Staffordshire lead-glaze cats, birds, dogs and owls and the ‘marbling’ effects of their decoration. Current ideas in my head are for repeat patterns and hand printed cushions based around these, where I can also use sewing skills. I want to keep these kinds of hand crafting skills alive alongside the onward march of technological changes and standardization.
I could go on and on and include fans, embossed Japanese prints, samplers and stumpwork boxes: to me the Fitzwilliam Museum is a mine of inspiration!
Diane Hudson (b. 1965)
Born in Manchester in 1965, Diane Hudson first discovered her love for art and design at Russell Scott School in Denton and Fairfield High School for Girls in Droylsden. Awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Trust Fund scholarship, she attended a two-year foundation course in Art and Design at Tameside College of Technology and then studied Textile Design at Manchester Polytechnic. Noted for her umbrella design, her work won a course prize for achievement. More recently, she also completed a BSc (Hons) in Product Design with the Open University. She has since continued her studies in History of Art, also with the Open University, and prepared a special project on the use of luxury fabrics in 12th century Siena, based on Simone Martini’s Three Saints in the Fitzwilliam Museum. Future plans involve preparing a special project on the natural history drawing of Leonardo da Vinci, also to assist her textile design.
Initially self-employed on the government funded Enterprise Allowance Scheme as an artist, Hudson has also worked in publishing and has worked at the Fitzwilliam Museum as Photo Sales Manager. A regular exhibitor at the annual Eastern Open and craft fairs, her paintings and textiles can be found in private collections around the world, including Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Hudson’s most recent project is to design a series of textile prints for international representation at major trade fairs including Indigo in Brussels and Surtex in New York.
Diane Hudson lives just outside Cambridge, on the borders of the Fens.
1999 Centre for the Arts, King’s Lynn, group exhibition, Eastern Open
2000 Town Hall, Downham Market, group exhibition, Downham Art Circle Summer Exhibition
2001 Town Hall, Downham Market, group exhibition, Norfolk Adult Education Service Exhibition
2002 Centre for the Arts, King’s Lynn, group exhibition, Eastern Open
2003 Town Hall, Downham Market, group exhibition, Downham Art Circle Summer Exhibition
2004 Neptune Gallery, Old Hunstanton, group exhibition, Auction for Bosnia
2005 Centre for the Arts, King’s Lynn, group exhibition, Christmas Boxed
2006 Oliver Messel Gallery, Norwich, group exhibition, Woman Institute’s Annual Exhibition
2007 Centre for the Arts, King’s Lynn, group exhibition, Eastern Open
Town Hall, Downham Market, group exhibition, Downham Art Circle Summer Exhibition
Exhibition Centre, Brussels, group exhibition, Indigo
Jacob K Javits Convention Center, New York, group exhibition, Surtex
2008 Festhalle, Frankfurt, group exhibition, Heimtex