Fay Hankins textile artist
FAY HANKINS textile artist and designer:
Fay trained as assistant to world famous weaver Tadek Beutlich between 1968 and 1974 in Ditchling. When Tadek moved to Spain in 1974 Fay continued to weave with many successful exhibitions across the UK. Here you can see some of her previous wallhangings and fabric designs as well as her latest collage textile pictures, which Fay makes using mixed media and wools.
This gallery shows the work of weaver and fabric designer Fay Hankins, now retired from weaving since 2015.
Fay learned weaving in 1968 when she was apprenticed to Tadek Beutlich, the internationally acclaimed Polish artist and weaver, and was his assistant until he moved to Spain in 1974.
Fay then set up her own workshop in Ditchling, East Sussex, exhibiting wallhangings in Craft Council galleries in London and across Britain and abroad.
In the 1980s, alongside wallhangings, she moved into weaving fashion fabrics and became well known for the range of colours and designs used. Her work was taken up by the International Mohair Association, Liberty’s of London and fashion houses including Lachasse, Arabella Pollen, Jan Vanvelden and Bill Gibb, being shown at the London Fashion week in 1983.
Fay’s triptych, now hanging in East Hoathly Church in East Sussex called “the Creation” was originally woven in response to the theme of “Gaia” (Mother Earth) for the exhibition to open the new 1066 Gallery in Battle in 2013. She then donated it to the Church.
Fay’s new textile pictures shown here have been made from some of the scraps of coloured yarn left over from her weaving days to make an unusual type of collage. They are the last of her work now available to buy.