Lynn Setterington is an internationally recognised artist working in the textiles arena, her hand stitched quilts and cloths are held in many major public museums, from the V&A, Crafts Council and Whitworth Art Gallery. A celebration of the ordinary and overlooked are key themes in Setterington’s work. She became known for her use of kantha embroidery in the early 1990’s and has since gone onto devise and instigate a large number of social engagement projects and textile collaborations with diverse groups.
Lynn is currently undertaking a practice-based PhD at UCA. A long running project on identity and belonging that commemorates and acknowledges marginalised community groups feeds into this research. Exploring the history of folk textiles is an important aspect of her work and uncovering signature cloths in British collections is the latest initiative that has resulted in several major exhibitions and commissions.
Born in Yorkshire, Lynn trained at York College of Arts and Technology and Goldsmiths College London. She has been a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University in the School of Art since 1992 and in 2009 was awarded a Public Engagement Fellowship. She is an Associate Fellow of the International Quilt Study Center in the US and in 2010 received their visiting Fellowship.