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Tracy Hopkinson

Textile artist and illustrator

What I do:

Finishing my final year of my BA(Hons)Degree in Fine Art & Crafts. I specialise in storytelling through using sustainable and recycled textile art & illustration. Using curtain waste that was on its way to the local landfill along with curtains and duvet covers from charity shops. Dyed using natural earth pigments where possible to highlight the story.

What steps I took to get where I am now:

After three years of studying, I start my MA illustration in September 2024, to further my research into telling the story through stitch. My research is based on the sustainability of the textile industry.

What creative opportunities I'm looking for:

Exhibitions and galleries to take on my body of work. To collaborate with organisations to tell the story.
To talk to students who have dyslexia and show them they too can get an Honours degree with the correct help, speaking from experience.

An unexpected thing about me:

I used to show dogs and won two Best of breeds at Crufts.

My proudest moment:

Finishing my BA (Hon)Degree and having dyslexia.
Having my Featherstone project hung in the Featherstone community centre for all the locals to see and have the Lord Mayor buy a piece, along with a local councillor buying another piece.

My dream creative collaboration:

To have my work hung in The Hepworth, Wakefield and to collaborate within my Wakefield community, using fabric and stitch to tell the story.

What does Wakefield mean to me?
Wakefield is my city. I live in the Wakefield area and was born and bred in Featherstone. Its in my blood. It is full of history I can use in my art work.
My gallery