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 11th to 15th. Oct Alexandra Palace, Knitting and Stitching show.
2018 Sat 7th, Sun 8th, Sat 14th and Sun 15th. Oct. Wandsworth's artists open house
2018 23rd to 26th Oct. Oct. Harrogate, Knitting and Stitching show.
2017 16th to 18th June. Horniman museum.
2016 September. Chichester and Tunbridge. New Embroidery group.
2015 19th,20th,26th and 27th Sep. Merton arts trail, 61 Compton Road, SW19 7QA
2015 6th-7th June Horniman museum
2014-2015 Bermondsey Fayre / shop
2014 6th-7th Dec. Christmas Fayre / Horniman museum
2014 14th - 15th June Horniman museum, London.
2014 19th March- 4th April "MADE" Morley College, London
2013 12th and 13th of July Horniman Musuem, London
2013 29th March-11th of April Ramster Surrey.
2012 25th June-13th of July Common Thread, Putney library, London.
2012 10th and 11th of July Horniman Museum London.
2012 - 2014. Doopo doopo shop/gallery Forest Hill London.
2011 8th-21st April Ramster, Surrey
2010 September London loves felt, Thames festival, London
2009- 2011 2nd Feb- 3rd April Alby Crafts, Norfolk,
1992 July Gammelvala, Brunskog,Sweden
1990 July Gammelvala, Brunskog, Sweden.
2008 15th-29th April "MADE" Morley gallery London
1980 26thSept-19th Oct. The embroiderer's guild, The Commonwealth art gallery, Kensington.
2017 1st July- ongoing. Gate, Gastgiveri. Restaurant and gallery. Arvika Sweden.
2016 1st March-17th June Waterloo health centre, 5 Lower Marsh, London.
2011 18th June-20th July Chelsea and Westminster hospital, London.
2010 27thSept-16th Oct. Putney library gallery, London.
2010 22nd Feb-7th March Coffee 1st Battersea, London
2008 3rd-7th June Wimbledon library gallery, London