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Robert Burton

Robert Burton

About Robert Burton

As a textile artist my practice as research explores the visual representation of identity and mythic narrative through imagery and materiality. Artworks develop themes and concepts from transcendent narratives and symbolic patterns. My work appears in the forms of conceptual garment installation, 2d mixed media works, photography and moving image works creating a dialogue across interdisciplinary forms of expression. The created artefacts explore man’s relations to the natural through processes that are visual, physical and material.

I am a specialist in digital surface design technologies particularly digitally printed textiles for fashion and interiors. I have expertise in surface design software and hardware for print, pattern and colour management and a working knowledge of the leading digital print manufacturers and specialist sample print producers in the UK and worldwide.

I studied at Liverpool Polytechnic (1984-87) and Birmingham Polytechnic (1987-89). At Teesside University my role is Head of Design, leading a vibrant design section including undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. As Principal Lecturer in Art and Design, I have a lead role in nurturing art and design practice as research within the School of Arts & Media.

I have recently been a member of the steering group of 'The Festival of Thrift', the UK's first national celebration of sustainable living, Lingfield Point, Darlington 21st/ 22nd September 2013. During the festival I facilitated two workshops, an exhibition of paper garment concepts and curation of a unique catwalk show.

I am currently developing a new series of works that investigate decorative and visual narratives in an exploration of the relationship between the image and the material object for a month long solo exhibition in a central London gallery in February 2014 opening to coincide with London Fashion Week. I have been invited to participate in the international selected group show Nexus Fibreworks 2014, Fukuaka City, Japan April 2014. I am also currently working on fashion print design commissions for an international independent fashion label.

Exhibitions include:

Wearable Expressions 2008: Sixth Biennial Exhibition, Palos Verdes Arts Center USA, 2008
’6 Easy Pieces’ Reading Room, London 2010
VI WTA Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art – Air, Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli, Mexico, 2011
Fibremen, Kherson Local Lore Museum, Kherson, Ukraine, 2011
‘Hidden Cities’ International Videoart Festival and Photography Exhibition, Istanbul 2012 Scythia 9, International Biennial of Textile Art, Ukraine, 2012
Fibremen 2, Kherson Local Lore Museum, Kherson, Ukraine, 2012
The 6th International Mini Textile Exhibition, Kherson, Ukraine, 2013
The Festival of Thrift, UK 2013

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