Artist Statement

The pictures in this group are quite recent and are inspired by living in an urban area where I am surrounded by people, and buildings old and new. Towers, and new collections of flats have been springing up everywhere. The juxtaposition of structural shapes and patterns is exciting.

The starting point is recording the scene by sketch or photograph and then the journey begins without plan. I make a one off screen print to lay the foundation on calico and then build up in layers of dyeing, appliqué, stencils and machine embroidery, often including words until I feel I have reached an end point, which is often quite abstract in nature, but retains the original essence of the subject.

The commission shown was finished in 2011 for Magdalen College School, Oxford, relating to the history of the various buildings which have housed the school since 1480 to the new building in which this piece is hanging in the reception area.

Short CV

Betty Fraser Myerscough DA ( Post Dip). Born in Scotland studied at the Glasgow School of Art 1950 -55. A full time lecturer at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. As a result of marriage and moving to London she worked as a part-time lecturer at Canterbury College of Art and Chelsea School of Art and Design. Since graduation to date she has continuously worked as a freelance artist producing work for exhibitions, both solo and group.

Most recently

2005 Solo Exhibition in Sandane & Ferde, Norway
2007 Solo Exhibition in Gardner Leader, Newbury.
2008 Solo Exhibition in Hoxton, London
2008-9 Group Exhibition – touring, Birmingham, Germany, Hungary, London
2010 The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries
2010 Just Art Gallery – Moray – Scotland
2012 Group Exhibition in Scotland at McLaurin Gallery, Ayr, Falkirk
2012 The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, winning the ING Purchase Prize
2013 Solo Exhibition at ING Bank, London Wall


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