Elizabeth Ashdown MA RCA is a London based artist that creates distinctive hand woven Passementerie artworks from her studio at Cockpit Arts in Deptford.
Only one of a few hand Passementerie weavers left in the UK, Elizabeth creates unique, intriguing and distinctive art pieces for a variety of commercial and private clients. Traditional Passementerie weaving techniques are combined with an energetic use of colour, pattern and material combinations to create contemporary, exclusive one-off pieces, both large and small.
Elizabeth has produced exclusive handmade designs for clients such as Liberty, the Clothworkers’ Company, Cassamance and Camira Fabrics, as well as undertaking bespoke commissions for private clients. Elizabeth is represented by Future Icons. Future Icons represents the best of contemporary craft and design makers in the UK.
Elizabeth is passionate about supporting, promoting and advancing all aspects of woven textile design. She is an Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art, Winchester School of Art and Donghua University, Shanghai. Elizabeth runs weaving, braiding, macramé and Passementerie workshops around the UK.
Over Under : Under Over - Royal Scottish Academy, Upper Galleries, 22nd December 2018 - 30th January 2020
London Art Fair - Business Design Centre, London, January 22nd - 26th 2020
Winter open studios 2019 - Cockpit Arts, Deptford, London.
Carter Preston Award 2018 - The Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool.
The Society of Designer Craftsman Winter Show 2015, London.
Unexpected Outcomes 2014 - Crafts Study Centre Shop, Farnham.
Craft Emergency 2014 - Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth.
Rising Stars 2014 - New Ashgate Gallery, Smiths Row, Milton Keynes Arts Centre.