Christine Seager is a UK based textile artist using the tag chrisse textile artist on social media. Her early childhood was spent in Zambia and her teenage school years in Zimbabwe. Specialising in mathematics, she did her tertiary education in London during the exciting years of the late 60’s. With her young family, Christine travelled to Indonesia, Malaysia and Abu Dhabi. Returning to the UK, she worked as a computer consultant in the City of London for many years.
In her 50’s, Christine discovered the art of Surface Design on cloth and spent six years at Committed to Cloth studios learning multiple processes to colour, decorate and mark make on fabric which are the basis of her textile hangings and art quilts today. Much of her other art knowledge is self-taught.
Christine exhibits with SAQA, CQ West, Voices in Cloth and Magic Carpet and has had work in the USA, Canada, Australia, China, Europe and the UK. She has had three quilts accepted for the prestigious Fine Art Quilt Masters competition at the Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, UK. In 2019, she received the NACQJ (USA Quilt Judges) Award of Merit for her Lime Zest quilt in the USA.
Christine is a member of Studio Art Quilts Associates, more commonly referred to as SAQA. She has curated and organised three SAQA European and ME touring Exhibitions and managed and curated a number of CQ West Exhibitions.
I make large textile paintings and art quilts, often in bright colours. These are made of cloth which I have surface designed using a number of techniques – hand dyeing, printing, mark marking, painting and discharging plain cloth. This fabric is either used as whole cloth or cut up and re-arranged before it is machine stitched to integrate the design.
My work is mostly abstract and has over time evolved from “improv” piecing of dyed cloth through fabric collages to stark graphics and more latterly, painted works using acrylics and handmade brushes. I am probably a frustrated painter. Due to my mathematical background, circles are a recurring shape.
I delight in bright colours which reflect my African childhood and also a more grungy palette reflecting the decayed buildings of my travels in India, the Far East and Middle East.
My work is best displayed in large rooms where the viewer can stand back and absorb the joy I have in adding colour and marks to fabric.