Dianne Standen

I began full time textile work in 1996. Shortly after that I moved to Cumbria where my work has been inspired by the Lake District landscape and the Cumbrian Coast.

My interest in textiles arises from a fascination with colour and texture but for the past two decades concern about environmental issues has led me to concentrate on developing creative ways to reuse and recycle fabrics and materials.

For the past thirteen years I have been developing a unique collection of outdoor textiles within the grounds of Rydal Hall, Ambleside. Being artist in residence there has given me the opportunity to observe the changes as fibre and fabric reacts to the elements. The sculptures blend in with the woodland and have encouraged visitors to explore the stunning natural forms throughout the estate.

After a long career in textiles I now pass on my skills to others. There are a wide range of courses on offer throughout the year at my workspace in Brigham, outside Cockermouth. I aim to offer plenty of individual attention alongside opportunities to learn and play with new techniques.