A disabled textile artist and painter who works with abstract and stylised design reflecting an interest in the natural world. She also teaches and runs workshops on crafting skills and creativity with adults and children. Lesley has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Hand Embroidery – Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art from the Royal School of Needlework/ University of the Creative Arts.  She is a Licentiate for the Society of Designer Craftsmen.(http://www.societyofdesignercraftsmen.org.uk/members.php?c=textiles-stitch)

Lesley Illingworth Storytelling Coat

Lesley Illingworth Storytellingcoat

Lesley has had recent success in the Shoddy Exhibition (https://shoddyexhibition.wordpress.com) showing her Storytelling coat about the negative political spin created against disabled people and disability oppression. She was cited and a picture of her work was in The Observer article “Disabled artists use their skills to highlight ‘shoddy and cruel’ treatment over benefits.” by Frances Ryan on the 3rd April 2016 (https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/03/disabled-artists-use-skills-to-highlight-shoddy-treatment-over-benefits) The storytelling coat has also been shown in Batley Museum and Art Gallery (www.kirklees.gov.uk/batleygallery)

 during June whilst the Batley Vintage fair was on and at the Leeds Centre for Integrated Living‘s summer training fair on 16th June. She will also be co leading three workshops for the Art and Spirituality Network with Carol Baker in London in September 2016, January and March 2017. www.artandspirituality.net