A self - taught artist raised in Northern Ireland, I came to art through a desire to heal personal trauma, with over 10 years experience in the fashion industry textiles is the language I feel most fluent in. I use ‘found’ fabrics from my own clothes to London factory production excess, keeping my practice as sustainable as possible. The textiles are then used in a mixture of applique, experimental fabric manipulation and embroidery to create figurative and abstract art. Revisiting what was traditionally seen as ‘women’s work’ and the laborious hand processes in our fast - paced digital age.


A desire to story tell, blending mythology, personal experiences and current sociopolitical movements influences my work. An avid reader of contemporary and classic inter -sectional feminist literature my mind is always occupied by the ways we need to change our world for the better.

Please consider donating what you can to the below charities:

The Black curriculum- Re-imagining the future of education through Black British history

The Art of Hope -providing trauma relief for Syrian refugees through art therapy and vocational training

End Violence against women- UK coalition campaigning to end violence against all women and girls

Dahlia Project - supporting survivors of Female Genital Mutilation

Alliance for Choice - Pro choice Northern Ireland 

Photographs by Gordon Stabbins 

 © 2019. Jenny McIlhatton. London.

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Textile artist / printmaker