Connie Flynn

Textiles and stained glass

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Connie blue and white stitchwork Connie handmade green felt
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My textile practice has evolved through experimenting and combining traditional techniques and modern practices. Using a variety of materials to work with both hand and machines skills. These are often drawn from a number of skills - hand felting, weaving, knitting, textile sculpture, surface effects including hand stitching. These processes often represent social, cultural concepts in a textile history framework, crossing cultural and contextual boundaries between traditional craft and contemporary art. With research and development, my findings can often define the choice of materials, processes and techniques to use. The significance of Textiles and Art being a universal language interests me.  I have exhibited widely since 1992, both nationally and internationally in a variety of galleries and museum contexts.

I began working in stained glass in 1992, my practice range from small glass hangings to unique Tiffany style lampshades to large stained glass panels for installation in windows. I have a number of commissions in the UK and abroad. I also assisted Hana Osmancikova in a large stained glass church window commission in the Czech Republic. My experience of working on a commission with a school resulted in the outcome of two stained glass windows designed by the children for a new children’s centre in Harrow. Highlights of selected exhibitions include the Palace of Westminster, with a reception hosted by Betty Boothroyd. A group exhibition in the Centre Culturel H Matisse, France at the time we stayed in the house once occupied by Henri Matisse. I have much experience of teaching stained glass to adults and young people.                  

I have a formal training a B.A. (Hons) Art and Education, Post Graduate qualification in Art Therapy. Having extensive experience of residencies, school and community contexts, working with all ages and abilities. More recently completing a B.A. (Hons) Contemporary Textiles in Shetland, as a way of learning new skills to combine with other techniques. This practical and research based degree course has allowed me to develop my arts practice especially with a Shetland influence. I finished my third year of the degree with a distinction.


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