I was born in Sweden in a very creative household, where my grandmother produced all kinds of crafts including weaving and my mother was a dress maker, so I was exposed to textiles at a young age. I started making my own clothes from hand me downs given to me by my older cousins.
I was taught many embroidery techniques and stitches when studying for a City and Guilds certificate in creative embroidery at London College of Fashion in the early eighties. I have ever since then enjoyed experimenting with embroidery stitches and I use stitch in my textiles by mixing wool and embroidery threads and layering stitches and using many colours to create a desired effect.
My work developed further when I started to combine stitching with hand made felt, occasionally cutting into the felt to reveal the stitching underneath. This layering technique enabled me to add another colour as well as texture to my textiles. I am currently exploring which materials can be combined in the felting technique to achive a variety of textures. I sometimes use found objects in my work
Producing all my work by hand gives me pleasure as I like the tactile feeling of the material I work with.
I have taught in Adult education for many years and teaching gives me great pleasure and lots of inspiration, especially teaching people with disabilities and learning difficulties. I also get inspiration from visiting exhibitions, travels especially in Sweden and the environment I live in.
PGCE Teacher's Certificate in Art and Design.
City and Guild's Creative Embroidery, London college of Fashion.
Feltmaking at Morley College, London.
William Morris Society.
International feltmakers association.
New Emroidery Group.
Eleonor has got textiles in private collections in Sweden, Denmark, England and Turkey.
2018 NEG Alexandra Palace, Knitting and Stitching show.
2018 Wandsworth's artists open house
2018 NEG Harrogate, Knitting and Stitching show.
2017 Horniman museum.
2016 NEG Chichester and Tunbridge.
2015 Merton arts trail, 61 Compton Road, SW19 7QA
2015 Horniman museum
2014-2015 Bermondsey Fayre / shop
2014 Christmas Fayre / Horniman museum
2014 Horniman museum.
2014 "MADE" Morley College, London
2013 Horniman Musuem, London
2013 Ramster Surrey.
2012 Common Thread, Putney library, London.
2012 Horniman Museum London.
2012 - 2014. Doopo doopo shop/gallery Forest Hill London.
2011 Ramster, Surrey
2010 London loves felt, Thames festival, London
2009- 2011 Alby Crafts, Norfolk,
1992 Gammelvala, Brunskog,Sweden
1990 Gammelvala, Brunskog, Sweden.
2008 "MADE" Morley gallery London
1980 The embroiderer's guild, The Commonwealth art gallery, Kensington.
2017 ongoing Gate, Gastgiveri. Restaurant and gallery. Arvika Sweden.
2016 Waterloo health centre, 5 Lower Marsh, London.
2011 Chelsea and Westminster hospital, London.
2010 Putney library gallery, London.
2010 Coffee 1st Battersea, London
2008 Wimbledon library gallery, London