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HSDC A Level Textile lecturer Ruth Lacey has prints featuring in an upcoming exhibition

May 4, 2021


Ruth Lacey has worked part time as an HSDC A Level Textiles lecturer since 2008. She is also a freelance textiles designer, creating prints for fashion, interiors and seasonal stationery, often hand-painted in Gouache or Watercolour in mostly floral designs.

Ruth explains more:

“As a print designer, you need to be very versatile as the trends change so frequently so I have needed to be able to create a range of styles. I studied at Glasgow School of Art, hand painting fabrics in repeat. This has changed to digital repeats, but it’s always useful to know the principles of how to construct a design. I have always freelanced and worked in several design studios in the past. I sell original paintings, work on commissions and deliver workshops as a practising textile artist.

A few of Ruth’s floral paintings are included in an exhibition from 8 – 23 May at the Yellow Edge gallery entitled Flower Power.

“This is my second exhibition with Yellow Edge Gallery. Last year I was showing printed silks alongside a series of watercolour paintings. This time it is an exhibition involving a number of artists celebrating Flower Power in different disciplines. I was delighted to be invited to submit artwork; I have so many images which could be used.

“I have a lot of my current work on Instagram (@ruth_lacey) and a design company (”


For those wishing to study Textiles, our exciting A Level is taught in a studio-based environment within the Art Department and encourages students to be inquisitive, experimental and confident in developing their own ideas. To see a variety of works, visit the A level Textiles (Havant) Instagram page (@hsdctextiles).