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Lesley Stothers is a multi-media textile artist whose work revolves around her exploration of home, the family circle, connections and family ties.

Her textile work, sculptural textiles and installations combine traditional materials and techniques with experimental wrapping, binding and weaving with wire plastic and paper. 

In her most recent work she harnesses the power of books to tell an abstract rather than literal story, Lesley constructs variations on book forms, unravelling stories and concealing details hidden within pages of her book-like structures.

Threads pass through many layers connecting past to present, echoing time passing and the progressively distressed marks she etches, pierces and burns into paper and fabric pages convey order and disorder of life lived; it is also a nod to the act of memory and the way it can deteriorate over time.



Originally from Scotland Lesley Stothers studied tapestry design at Edinburgh College of Art, followed by a period in retail management full time with The City of Edinburgh Museums and Galleries while teaching arts and crafts evening classes to adult learners.


Moving to Ireland in 2003 Lesley pursued further study in stitched textiles and was awarded the City and Guilds ‘Gold Medal for Excellence’ in creative craft, 2005. Establishing her creative practice in Cork, she actively exhibits in galleries in Ireland and internationally. Her work is represented in a number of public and private collections including CIT Cork School of Music Collection, MEP Brussels office and Cork City Libraries Collection. She has participated in selected exhibitions in the Lavit Gallery, Cork, Blue Egg Gallery & Arts Centre, Wexford, The Old Mill, Kinsale, and DCCOI touring exhibitions in Ireland and abroad. UK and overseas shows include: RSA, Edinburgh, 1508 Design Studio & Gallery, London, Institute Francais d'Ecosse, Scotland, Galerie Associative La Tour, France, Mission Gallery, Wales and Irish Wave, Beijing, China.

She is a member of Cork Textiles Network, DCCOI. and Visual Artists Ireland.


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