"Thank you for taking the time to explore my site a little further. You'll gain a little insight about what drives my work of past, present and future."

Gillian Bates



I believe that habit and habitat draw a veil over our eyes we become so accustomed to the things we see everyday that eventually we fail to see them properly at all.

The single greatest driving force behind my work is to pull back the veil on our surroundings by capturing a snap shot that reveals the beauty and quirkiness of British life.

Click to view a selection of past embroidered and design work.


Artist Background

My true passion lies in the processes of drawing, I enjoying the freedom of using textiles as a medium much as I would with a pencil or a brush I aim to create the same expression in my textile pieces.

My love of all things textile led me to successfully gain a BA(Hons) Degree in Textile & Surface Design in 2007.

I have been working as a full time maker since 2008 creating contemporary textile art from my studio based in the seaside town of Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Click to view previous and upcoming shows or exhibitions.



I produce my textile art pieces using free form machine embroidery combined with traditional hand embroidering techniques and fabrics.

I still enjoy exploring the boundaries of embroidered textiles and have more recently explored using other mixed media techniques in conjunction with my embroideries to gain a greater depth to my work.

I have worked on a variety of projects including working as a visiting lecturer, producing sample works for design studios and I have proudly exhibited my work internationally and also recently created work for John Lewis and The View from the Shard gift shop.

A couple of examples of my freehand machine embroidery.

I use the sewing machine as a stylus creating embroidered sketches.