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Biography

Jilli Blackwood is an internationally renowned textile and fibre artist and designer who creates embroidered and woven paintings.
She is an award-winning graduate of the renowned Glasgow School of Art, achieving a First Class BA Honours Degree in Art and Design. Jilli’s contemporary embroidery style has gained international fame through her many major design projects. She has successfully completed numerous global commissions for blue-chip clients.

Her textile installations are held in notable museum, public, corporate and private collections worldwide. Further, by re-imagining textile processes of weaving, dying and embroidery, Jilli constructs a variety of dynamic forms which have been developed into bespoke ranges of interior furnishings.
Jilli has been artist-in-residence at the National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh. She is regularly invited to lecture internationally on her work and to teach, most recently in California, USA.

Education

The Glasgow School of Art, First Class BA Hons Art & Design

Museums

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh, UK

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow, UK

Embroiderers’ Guild, Hampton Court Palace, London UK

Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, UK

Public

Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews, UK

United States Government, United States Consulate, Edinburgh, UK

St Andrew’s House, Scottish Government, Edinburgh, UK

West of Scotland Cancer Centre, The Beatson Gartnavel, Glasgow, UK

South & East Belfast Healthcare Centre, Belfast, UK

The Homeopathic Hospital, Glasgow, UK

Corporate

Biocon, Bangalore, India

Standard Life Aberdeen, formerly Aberdeen Asset Management, London, UK

British Telecom Headquarters, Edinburgh, UK

The Celtic Opus, Kraken Publishing, London, UK

The Peak Group, Aberdeen, UK

Design Projects

Heathrow Airport,  Tartan Design for promotional celebration of Scotland, UK

Commonwealth Games Scotland, Design of the Parade Uniforms for The Scottish Team Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, UK

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), The Athletes’ Village, 2014 Commonwealth Games, UK

Glasgow Life, Director of Costume, The Flag Handover Ceremony, Commonwealth Games, Delhi, India

STV Productions, programme “Made in Scotland”, UK

“Valt” Vodka, UK

Private Collections

Work held in the United States of America, United Kingdom, Spain, Japan and Australia

Solo Exhibitions

Julies Artisans’ Gallery, New York, USA

Private Exhibition, Los Angeles, USA

“The Joy of Living” Collins Gallery Strathclyde University & UK Tour

The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, UK

Running Ridge Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

The Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow, UK

The Craft Council Shop at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

Selected Exhibitions

“Naked Craft” touring exhibition, Canada/Scotland

The Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts and Sciences, USA

“The Force of Memory”, The Compass Gallery, Glasgow Touring UK

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, USA

“Collect” Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

“Meet Your Maker”, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh, Artist-in-Residence, tour UK

Visual Arts Scotland, RSA ,The Mound, Edinburgh, UK

“The Cutting Edge”, The Best of Scottish Contemporary Craft, National Museums Scotland, UK

“New Acquisitions” National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh Festival Exhibition

SOFA, Chicago, USA

“Men in Skirts”, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

“To Boldly Sew” Textiles for the C21st, McManus Galleries, Dundee, UK

“Satellites of Fashion”, Craft Council & The British Council International Tour Clare Henry Critic’s Choice, The Cooling Gallery, London, UK

“The Art” Benjamin Rhodes Gallery London, UK