MEET JACKIE GALE devon textile artist


Jackie Gale is a textile artist whose colourful and vibrant work reflects the energy and creativity of her character. Influenced by her passion for naive art, she tells the story with texture and colour. Her ability to capture the essence of a place or theme using layers of fabrics and mixed materials makes her work truly unique. She uses anything from merino felt to rusty nails, crushed velvet to walnut veneer. Each piece is layered and creatively embellished using modern free motion machine embroidery. She often paints with acrylics to create a background or embellish a piece. Each artwork is full of engaging details, rich in texture and has a wonderful multidimensional quality.

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. - Edgar Degas.

Her inspiration comes from a number of sources including her travels around the world. She loves architecture and wild flora. Living in South Devon also gives her an endless supply of beautiful harbours, coves and woodlands to explore and draw ideas from. She does firmly believe, however, that inspiration is all around us and that every place has a story to tell.

Although completely self taught, Jackie grew up in a creative household where she was constantly surrounded by oil painting, dressmaking and a new project in the workshop. Despite exploring other mediums, textiles are her true passion. She loves the freedom to experiment with new techniques and textures and her work is constantly evolving as she discovers new materials and subject matter.

Since turning professional three years ago she has exhibited across the UK and attracted worldwide interest as well as many collectors. Earlier this year she was awarded 'Best Up & Coming Artist 2015' by the Fine Art Trade Guild, an award she was most honoured and proud to receive. She is an active member of the British Association of Naive Artists and her work regularly features in art exhibitions around the country.

Jackie's original pieces are framed with a prestigious white wooden frame and each piece is bound around conservation board to ensure it remains taut and is fully protected long term. Customers are always given the option of upgrading to non reflective UV protected glass although most of my pieces are glazed with this anyway.

Jackie's studio gallery is open to the public and is open from Tuesday to Saturday. The address is Unit 3b, Ermington Workshops, Ermington, Devon PL21 9NT tel 01548 831555

Please feel free to email me with any enquiries, thoughts or ideas.

Portrait of a textile artist: Jackie Gale from Eleanor Burfitt on Vimeo.

Jackie Gale