ARMSTRONG, Valerie Anne

1948 - ?

Valerie Armstrong

Valerie Anne Armstrong, was born at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire in 1948, daughter of Henry Denis Armstrong (1912-1990) and his wife Estelle Vivian née Adams (1921-2006), who married at Stoke-on-Trent in 1946. Valerie studied at St Albans College of Art and studied textile design at Croydon College of Art and, after graduating, spent a graduate year in Sweden working in the design studios of a ceramic factory, followed by four years in Paris where she studied mosaics at the École de Beaux-Arts and working for the Trianon Press, a publishing House specialising in producing facsimile editions of the works of William Blake and Samuel Palmer. Returning to the UK, she took a Diploma in Art Therapy at St Albans College of Art and in 1976, Valerie began ten years working in art therapy posts including art teacher at HM Young Offender Institution at Warren Hill, Woodbridge and instructor in further education at Otley College, both in Suffolk, finding time between posts for more travelling, including long periods in Israel and Spain. She settled in Suffolk and returned to full-time painting and printing setting up her own business making painted folding screens on commission. In recent years, a fascination for experimental printmaking, collage, and mixed media has taken her in a new direction, and is a member of the Suffolk Artworks. Valerie produces mixed media works interweaved with drawing, collage and chine collé. She has a studio at Morden Villa, Melton Hill, Woodbridge, Suffolk from where she has exhibited at Snape Maltings Gallery; Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh; Steeple End Gallery, Halesworth; Colages y Kelims, Galeria La Rampa, Vejer de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain; Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Bury St Edmund's; Aldeburgh Gallery, High Street, Aldeburgh and Inscapes, Head Street Gallery, Halstead, Essex amongst others. She married at Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1983, David Charles Wood.

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