Lynda Shell is textile designer/maker who, in 2004 was awarded a first class BA Honours degree in Contemporary textile Practice after studying as a mature student at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.
Lynda’s collection includes bags, clutches, purses & cushions. Historical artifacts of personal interest inspire her designs. She photographs interesting abstract details and textures and develops them into contemporary patterns through a process of computer manipulation and incorporates them into her designs.
Lynda hand makes each product using a variety of luxurious and durable quality fabrics, such as leather, wool, linen and velvet. Various techniques are used to create her designs such as silkscreen printing, free machine embroidery and hand stitch. Many designs are then further embellished with beading and buttons to add individuality and textural interest.
Lynda is a member of the Makers Guild in Wales and regularly displays her products in Craft in the Bay, Cardiff. She is also a member of an art group in Wales called Makers and Practitioners (MaP). As part of this group Lynda creates conceptual art pieces that are frequently involved in gallery exhibitions. This work gives her the opportunity to explore new materials and techniques which often further develops her commercial designs. (see Projects).