Hannah Gartside is an artist working predominantly with textiles and fibre: enabling the materials in their sculptural, performative, and interactive capacities. She uses processes from the history of craft practices including sewing, quilting, pattern-making and felting.
Drawing on the significance of material culture in daily life, Gartside aims to create objects and installations that can make the viewer feel hopeful, engaged, and turned on. She has a predilection for blankets and quilts, due to their proximity to the body during moments of personal and interpersonal connection. Gartside considers bedrooms to be sites of independent longing, portals to accessing subconscious messages, and space where desire is enacted. Her work tells stories about intimacy and eroticism, loss and longing, and taking care.