Date that this item was entered on to the web-site: 11th May 2003


Christine Risley

NEVAC awarded £4995 by the AHRB to interview textile artists

Matthew Partington was awarded £4995 by the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) for the project 'Narrative Thread - conducting video interviews with major British textile artists'. Working with colleagues at Goldsmith's College's Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles (CHRRCT), five textile artists will be interviewed to build on the earlier interviews with Caroline Broadhead, Eirian Short and Audrey Walker. The CHRRCT's web-site can be found at -

The first interview as part of this project took place on 10th June 2003 at Blackheath in South London at the home of textile artist and educator, Christine Risley, (born 1926). Christine is renowned as the author of several key books on machine embroidery as well as having been a lecturer and course leader on the textiles degree at Goldsmith's College. Christine was a member of staff at Goldsmith's from the late 1950's until the late 1980's.

The interviewer was Margaret Hall-Townley, Curator of the Material Collection at the Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles.

Summer Sunday at Leeds Castle, Machine-embroidered textile by Christine Risley
Christine Risley and Margaret Hall-Townley