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

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Printed Daisy
Printed Daisy

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Printed Flowers
Printed Flowers

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Printed Apples
Printed Apples

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Printed Poppies
Printed Poppies

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Printed Hearts
Printed Hearts

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Printed Leaves
Printed Leaves

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Printed Tulip
Printed Tulip

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Plain Sailing
Plain Sailing

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'Ello Darlin'
'Ello Darlin'

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

ANI5059476: © Jenny Frean / Bridgeman Images

Sea Dog
Sea Dog

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Beach Huts
Beach Huts

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Up, Up and Away
Up, Up and Away

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Flip Flops
Flip Flops

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Seaside Frolics
Seaside Frolics

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A Bicycle Made For Two
A Bicycle Made For Two

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Bike Lovers
Bike Lovers

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A Bike For The Boys
A Bike For The Boys

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Spruced Up Santa
Spruced Up Santa

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Here We Go
Here We Go

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Lean On Me
Lean On Me

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Read My Lips
Read My Lips

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Turquoise Stems
Turquoise Stems

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Music Notes
Music Notes

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Houses
Houses

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Love Love
Love Love

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Wild Flower
Wild Flower

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Red Snowdrops
Red Snowdrops

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Warhole Flowers
Warhole Flowers

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Growing Wild
Growing Wild

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Snowdrops
Snowdrops

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Teal Tales
Teal Tales

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Mandarin Meadow
Mandarin Meadow

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Tulip Field
Tulip Field

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Flower Meadow
Flower Meadow

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Forest Trees
Forest Trees

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Dawn Chorus
Dawn Chorus

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Harmony
Harmony

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Patch
Patch

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Shadow
Shadow

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Colour Palette
Colour Palette

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