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Michelle House

strong use of colour, pattern from the built environment

The Maker

Michelle House is a London based textile artist and designer, creating colourful, abstract hand-printed and painted textile wall-hangings and framed pieces. She uses photographic screens and hand-cut stencils to print in layers. Michelle works with a variety of natural materials and often combines two or more different fabrics, resulting in a change in texture and light. Artworks incorporate her own photography of found geometries and architecture. Michelle also has a range of limited edition digital archival prints.

The Object: ‘Young Vic Abstract: Pink’, 2015

40 x 40cm, Dyes and pigments on linen, stretched over a wooden frame. £1,860. Also available as an archival print on paper from the maker’s online shop.

The Making

Inspiration for ‘Young Vic Abstract: Pink’ came through Michelle’s study of the architectural space and details of the Young Vic theatre in London. It followed on from a previous body of work and project also inspired by the Young Vic, for architecture practice Buro Four. The piece is made by hand-printing and painting with dyes and pigments. Photography, drawing and hand-cutting stencils, steaming, washing and sewing are also all parts of the making process.


This artwork was selected as the cover art for the 2018 Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House and featured on guidebooks, posters and postcards. It was also licensed to the Marylebone Hotel for their cocktail bar menu and is featured on their website menu.

Michelle House on her Signature Style

‘This textile artwork displays my strong use of colour and how I combine it with pattern from the built environment, a theme that has been consistent in my work for many years. As an image this piece has been consistently one of the three most popular posts on my social media.’

Expert Eye

Michelle’s pieces combine familiar slices of city architecture detail with a great eye for colour culminating in stunning contemporary wall-hangings. Simone Du Bois (Design Centre Chelsea Harbour)