About Stella Harding
Three-dimentional artist creating contemporary artworks and structures using techniques derived from basketry.
With an interest in exploring materiality and craft processes Stella manipulates line into complex abstract structures and intriguing geometric forms using three dimensional construction techniques derived from basketry. Stella weaves her relationship with nature using construction techniques derived from basketry, drawing inspiration from the ways in which culture and nature interweave and unravel in unexpected ways in the urban environment – each leaving its mark on the fabric of the other. Her complex, tightly constrained forms inhabit the borderlands between the organic and the engineered, the cultivated and the wild.
“Stella was born in Sheffield where she studied fine art after leaving school. Now a second career maker, she studied City and Guilds creative basketry in London from 2001-7 and set up her studio practice in 2009 after working at home for many years. In 2010 she was selected for the first cohort of Hothouse – the Craft Council’s development programme for emerging makers.
She has exhibited widely in the UK and mainland Europe: most recently in London, Dublin and Harrogate having been invited to present a solo gallery of her work at the Knitting and Stitching shows 2015.
Stella’s practice also includes artist residencies (Guildhall Library, London 2013), site responsive projects (Pitzhanger Manor Gallery and House, London 2011, The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, London 2012, Unravelling Uppark, Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex, 2014) and commissions (wall-hanging for the set of Death and Maiden, 2012, weavings for Kettle Chip print advert, 2014. In 2014 she worked as lead artist on an ACE funded collaborative project with Making Space and group of local makers to produce a collection of basketry inspired products for Mottisfont National Trust.
Stella teaches contemporary basketry at Morley College, London and is the co-author of ‘Practical Basketry Techniques’ published by A&C Black, 2012. She lives and works in south-east London.”
Teaching, running workshops in schools, colleges, museums and galleries, writing about basketry, curating, giving talks and presentations, working to commission, painting, sculpture, weaving, crochet, ceramics.