Alice Starmore

Alice Starmore is a Scottish artist, photographer, designer and author whose textile books are in use throughout the world. She was born on the Hebridean island of Lewis into a typical family of Gaelic speaking crofter-fishermen. The culture in which she was brought up and the nature of the landscape around her have greatly influenced her work. 

She became a professional textile designer in 1975 and three years later was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship which enabled her to travel to Norway, Sweden and Finland to study the textile traditions of those countries. She started to write after this, and has since had 18 books published, plus numerous magazine articles. She has established an international reputation as a leading expert on knitting design and technique. Her books on Fair Isle and Aran knitting are regarded as important standard texts on the subjects, and she has taught and lectured extensively throughout Britain, Europe and the USA.

Photography, drawing and painting are constant threads weaving through all aspects of her career. As well as textile art and design, her current work includes lens-based digital media which tends strongly towards the natural world and is often linked to nature conservancy.

For more of her work see:

www.alicestarmore.com (photography and the natural world)
www.mamba.org.uk (gallery exhibitions)

 

Published Books

1. SCANDINAVIAN KNITWEAR, 1981 Bell & Hyman, UK
2. KNITTING FROM THE BRITISH ISLANDS, 1982, Bell & Hyman, UK; St Martin’s Press, USA
3. CHILDREN’S KNITTING FROM MANY LANDS, 1983, Bell & Hyman, UK
4. ALICE STARMORE’S BOOK OF FAIR ISLE KNITTING, 1988, Taunton Press, USA
NEW EDITION 2009, Dover Publications, USA
Also published as THE FAIR ISLE KNITTING HANDBOOK by Blandford Books, UK
5. SWEATERS FOR MEN, 1988, Ballantine Books, USA, Pavillion Books, UK
6. THE CELTIC COLLECTION, 1992, Anaya, UK, Trafalgar Square, USA
7. CHARTS FOR COLOUR KNITTING, 1992, Windfall Press, UK
8. FISHERMEN’S SWEATERS, 1993, Anaya UK, Trafalgar Square, USA; also translated into Swedish and published as FISKARTRÖJOR, 1995, Raben-Prisma, Sweden
9. CELTIC NEEDLEPOINT, 1994, Anaya UK, Trafalgar Square, USA
10. IN THE HEBRIDES, 1995, Windfall Press for The Broad Bay Company, USA
11. STILLWATER, 1996, Windfall Press for The Broad Bay Company, USA
12. ARAN KNITTING, 1997, Interweave Press, USA
13. PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY, 1997, Windfall Press for Broad Bay Company, USA
14. TUDOR ROSES, 1998, Windfall Press for The Broad Bay Company, USA
15. THE CHILDREN’S COLLECTION, 2000 (with Jade Starmore) Interweave Press, USA
16. ROAD MOVIES VOLUME 1, 2008, Windfall Press, UK
17. ARAN KNITTING: new and expanded edition, 2010, Dover Publications, USA
18. CHARTS FOR COLOUR KNITTING: new and expanded edition, 201I, Dover Publications, USA

Also several articles for THREADS magazine, USA.
Designs, articles and video on Fair Isle Knitting for VOGUE KNITTING magazine, USA.
Articles and photographs for DRAGONFLY NEWS, UK.

 

Published Papers

Submerged oviposition behaviour in the Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Sulzer) on the Isle of Lewis

Journal of the British Dragonfly Society, UK, Volume 24 No. 2, 2008

 

Major Exhibitions

Mamba, first shown at An Lanntair Gallery, Stornoway, UK, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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