Bio

Jenny Frean studied Weaving at Middlesex University, followed by an MA in Jacquard Weaving at The Royal College of Art, London, graduating in 1972. She founded and led First Eleven Studio, a group of eleven internationally renowned textile designers, from 1987 until 2018. In 1998 she was made a Royal Designer for Industry, a prestigious award conferred by the RSA. Jenny now lives in West Sussex and works in an idyllic converted barn in her garden. She continues her design practice working with various clients on a commission and colour-consultancy basis. Jenny is known for her refined colour palette as well as her design versatility and unique pattern construction, and is adept at combining traditional textile design methods (painting, mark-making and collage) with computer graphics. Her greatest inspiration is Japanese textiles for their simplicity, strength of composition, balance and sublime colour.

Jenny says, "The challenge of working well in this way is enormous ... it's pure designing without distraction. You don’t get involved in any production or end product ... you have to come up with new ideas all the time and they all have to be innovative, beautifully thought-out and executed, exciting and different ... each one good enough for someone to clearly see its potential and possibility for a successful fabric or surface."

Awards

  • 1998 Royal Designer for Industry, Textiles

Education

  • 1972 MA Textiles, Royal College of Art

Links

Printed Petals, 2018, mixed media
Printed Petals, 2018, mixed media

ANI5059173: Printed Petals, 2018, mixed media, Frean, Jenny / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Printed Daisy
Printed Daisy

ANI5059186: Printed Daisy, Frean, Jenny / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Printed Flowers
Printed Flowers

ANI5059187: Printed Flowers, Frean, Jenny / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Printed Apples
Printed Apples

ANI5059188: Printed Apples, Frean, Jenny / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Printed Poppies
Printed Poppies

ANI5059189: Printed Poppies, Frean, Jenny / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Printed Hearts
Printed Hearts

ANI5059190: Printed Hearts, Frean, Jenny / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Printed Leaves
Printed Leaves

ANI5059191: Printed Leaves, Frean, Jenny / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Printed Tulip
Printed Tulip

ANI5059192: Printed Tulip, Frean, Jenny / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Plain Sailing
Plain Sailing

ANI5059474: Plain Sailing, Frean, Jenny / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

'Ello Darlin'
'Ello Darlin'

ANI5059475: 'Ello Darlin', Frean, Jenny / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

You're The Only Fish In The Sea
You're The Only Fish In The Sea

ANI5059476: You're The Only Fish In The Sea, Frean, Jenny / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Sea Dog
Sea Dog

ANI5059477: Sea Dog, Frean, Jenny / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Beach Huts
Beach Huts

ANI5059478: Beach Huts, Frean, Jenny / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Up, Up and Away
Up, Up and Away

ANI5059479: Up, Up and Away, Frean, Jenny / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Flip Flops
Flip Flops

ANI5059480: Flip Flops, Frean, Jenny / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Seaside Frolics
Seaside Frolics

ANI5059481: Seaside Frolics, Frean, Jenny / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

A Bicycle Made For Two
A Bicycle Made For Two

ANI5059820: A Bicycle Made For Two, Frean, Jenny / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Bike Lovers
Bike Lovers

ANI5059821: Bike Lovers, Frean, Jenny / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

A Bike For The Boys
A Bike For The Boys

ANI5059822: A Bike For The Boys, Frean, Jenny / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Spruced Up Santa
Spruced Up Santa

ANI5059823: Spruced Up Santa, Frean, Jenny / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Here We Go
Here We Go

ANI5059824: Here We Go, Frean, Jenny / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Lean On Me
Lean On Me

ANI5059825: Lean On Me, Frean, Jenny / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images


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