Kim Burton - Textile Artist 

I am a mixed media textile artist based in Southsea.

I have an interest in exploring narrative through textiles, using mixed media collage to create fabric books, art quilts and collections of themed illustrations.  I am also interested in journaling and telling personal stories through collections of memories, data and photographs.

My background is a combination of art and design practices - I studied Illustration at Kingston University before becoming a secondary school textiles teacher. I combine the two disciplines to create fabric artwork with an illustrative quality and narrative. For example I often use song lyrics and quotations as starting points, and text features in most of my artwork.

Whilst studying illustration I specialised in creating whimsical collages from sketches and paper ephemera and I bring the same techniques to textiles, layering fabrics, stitch and embellishments to create mixed-media mini-quilts and fabric books.

I love to work to a specific theme and take on long projects focusing on one topic. This might turn into a series of Illustrations (The World of Jane Austen), a fabric book (Into The Woods) or a single large piece built up over time (Lockdown Quilt).


A lover of bright colours and bold prints, I draw inspiration from 1960s and 70s children’s books, psychedelic music posters and vintage textiles.

I am very lucky to have a studio on the seafront in Old Portsmouth which is open to the public.



2011 - 2012

PGCE D&T Textiles, UWE 

2004 - 2007

BA Hons Illustration, Kingston University

2003 - 2004

Foundation Art & Design, Warwickshire College




The World of Jane Austen (Stitched), Hotwalls Studios



Pause, Reflect, Create, Round Tower, Portsmouth


Home: Embroiderers Guild Exhibiton, Alexandra Palace


Two Years On: A Hotwalls Showcase, Round Tower, Portsmouth


Two Years On: A Hotwalls Collective on tour, Portsmouth Guildhall


Close to the Bone, Artspace Portsmouth


Functions of My Flat During Lockdown

Covid Collection at Portsmouth City Museum and Art Gallery.

Portsmouth. Acquired 2021

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