ARMSTRONG, Valerie Anne

1948 - ?

Valerie Armstrong

Born at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire in 1948, daughter of Henry Denis Armstrong (1912-1990) and his wife Estelle Vivian née Adams (1921-2006), who married at Stoke-on-Trent in 1946. Valerie studied at St Albans College of Art and studied textile design at Croydon College of Art and, after graduating, spent a graduate year in Sweden working in the design studios of a ceramic factory, followed by four years in Paris where she studied mosaics at the École de Beaux-Arts and working for the Trianon Press, a publishing House specialising in producing facsimile editions of the works of William Blake and Samuel Palmer. Returning to the UK, she took a Diploma in Art Therapy at St Albans College of Art and in 1976 Valerie began ten years working in art therapy posts including Art Teacher at HMYOI Warren Hill, Woodbridge and Instructor in Further Education at Otley College both in Suffolk, but found time between such posts for more travelling, including long periods in Israel and Spain. When she settled in Suffolk she returned to full-time painting and printing and set up her own business making painted folding screens to commission. In recent years, a fascination for experimental printmaking, collage, and mixed media has taken her in a new direction, to a more narrative and oblique way of working. She is a member of the Suffolk Artworks and the Sudbourne Printmakers Group. Valerie produces mixed media works based on layers of transparent colour and print: silkscreen, monoprint and collagraph techniques are interweaved with drawing, collage and chine collé, her work is inspired by poetry and a love of words; jumbled upside-down ideas, which weave together to feed the imagination. Her studio is at Morden Villa, Melton Hill, Woodbridge, Suffolk and she has exhibited at Snape Maltings Gallery; Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh; Steeple End Gallery, Halesworth; Colages y Kelims, Galeria La Rampa, Vejer de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain; Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds; Aldeburgh Gallery, High Street, Aldeburgh and Inscapes, Head Street Gallery, Halstead, Essex and many others. She married at Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1983, David Charles Wood.

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