About

Hayley Mills-Styles is a Yorkshire based artist working with embroidery. Her work has been exhibited in museums and heritage sites throughout the north. Using fabric and thread, she creates textile drawings and objects with an autobiographical theme. Hayley works with the traditional techniques of hand embroidery, applique and patchwork, combining them with the digitally embroidered drawings.

The common theme that runs throughout Hayley’s practice is memory; she creates stories about her own experiences that resonate deeply with the viewer. Textiles and embroidery offer Hayley a unique opportunity to present these stories in a way that draws in the audience, evoking memories of their own stories and textile memories.

“My practice uses fabric and thread to tell stories, my aim in working with Whitby Museum was to interpret their collections in a different way. Each piece from the exhibition tells a story about my life, using pieces from the museum’s archive as a reference point.”

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In 2018, Hayley became a member of the Society for Embroidered Work.

Education

October 2012 – October 2014, Manchester Metropolitan University, MA Textiles

September 2003 – June 2006, University of Huddersfield, BA (Hons) Textile Crafts

Selected Exhibitions

October 2018, Leeds Central Library, Girls Who Eat Their Feelings

September – November 2018, Whitby Museum, Archive & Other Stories

May – July 2017, Sunny Bank Mills, Weave // Fragments

March – June 2017, Thackray Medical Museum, Thackray Uncovered

October – November 2016, Leeds City Museum, Going Sane? An Archive

August 2016, Inkwell Arts, Shoddy, a Disability Arts Project

July 2016, Kirkstall Art Trail

July – August 2016, Café Lux, Pudsey, Inside my Mind

May 2016 – Planetine, Leeds Corn Exchange

April 2016, Byram Arcade, Huddersfield, Going Sane?

January – March 2016, Lotte Inch Gallery, Made to Measure