Lynn Setterington



FC Utd of Manchester 2012 163 x 164 cms (w x h)
Found cotton table-cloth with digitalized signatures in cotton thread.
This embroidered cloth was made with a grass roots football team FC Utd of Manchester. The team evolved following the take over of Manchester Utd by the American multi-millionaire Glazer family several years ago. FC Utd aims to take football back to its roots seeing its supporters as part of a big family. In exploring collective signatures, references are made to the petition, and also what is a “community” today. The cloth, (a found table-cloth) is made up of the digitalised signatures of the players taken from a team sheet in April 2012. In drawing attention to the ordinary players autographs, the work also juxtaposes the value of an autograph, and like some of my other signature cloths questions worth in this age of celebratory endorsement.



Lynn Setterington is a British textile artist particularly known for her hand-stitched cloths and Kantha quilts celebrating the ordinary and everyday. Lynn’s work is held in many public and private collections including the V&A Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery, Terrance Higgins Trust, Gallery Oldham, The Embroiderers’ Guild, Denver Museum of Art and The International Quilt Study Center, Nebraska, USA.
Her research is focused on devising and co-ordinating collaborative projects using embroidery and quilt making processes. Since 2010 she has instigated a series of “signature” projects, working with diverse groups around the world ranging from local community groups in Rochdale, Lancashire, to craft workers in Gujarat to refugee school children in in Lincoln, Nebraska. Each explores identity and belonging and notions of communities of practice.
Lynn trained in Textiles at Goldsmiths College, University of London and is a Senior Lecturer at the Manchester School of Art. She became a Public Engagement Fellow in 2009 and received a Knowledge Exchange Award from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2013. Lynn is a member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists, The Textile Society of the UK and an Associate Fellow of the International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska.
She is working on a practice-based PhD at the University for the Creative Arts (Farnham) investigating the role of embroidery in socially engaged art from a maker’s perspective.



79-82    Textile Degree Goldsmiths College, London

78-79    York College of Arts and Technology

Recent Exhibitions:

2007    Mechanical Drawing Exhibition MMU Holden Gallery and UK tour 2008

2007    Lotz Triennial Poland, European Textile Exhibition
2006    Art of the Stitch Embroiderers Guild touring exhibition

2005    “Make Me C” Manchester Art Gallery
2005    “Reconstruct-Deconstruct” Bilston Craft Gallery W Midlands
2005    “Garden of Delights” Platt Fields Park Manchester

2003    “Planting Ideas” part of the Festival of Quilts NEC Birmingham

2002    “Masterpieces” Palazzo Bricherasio Turin Italy (1902- 2002)

2001    “Telling” Narrative textiles Aberystwyth Arts Centre Wales

2000    “North Country Quilts” Bowes Museum Co.Durham
2000    “British Quilts in Japan” touring 3 cities in Japan
2000    SOFA U.S. Applied Art Fair, Chicago USA

1999    SOFA.  Contemporary Applied Art Exhibition, Chicago USA
1999    "Objects from a lifetime” Derby Museum & Art Gallery (touring)
1998    “Cloths of Gold” Contemporary Applied Arts, London and SOFA Chicago
1998    “Quilt World 98 Japan” Contemporary Quilt Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan


2007    Alma Park Primary School Manchester UK Centenary Banner
2006    Gallery Oldham Contemporary Banner Collection
2006    University of Nebraska International Quilt Study Center
2005    Stoneyholme and St Stephens Primary Schools, Burnley England
2002    Imperial War Museum North, Salford England
1998    Oldham Museum and Art Gallery England
1997    Victoria and Albert Museum London
1997    Bedfordshire Schools’ Art England
1997    Textile Gallery, Science and Industry Museum, Manchester
1996    Shipley Art Gallery, Contemporary Crafts Collection England
1995    Embroiderers Guild of the UK
1994    Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester UK
1993    Crafts Council of Great Britain

Commissions and Awards:

2007    Commission for Manchester International Festival for The Great Indoors Event
2007    MMU funding to present a paper at International Quilt symposium, University of Nebraska USA
2006    Heritage lottery funding to make contemporary banner for Gallery Oldham with women from the local community 
2006    HEFC “ Stitching Up Oxford Road” Community Arts project co-ordinator   
2005    UK (Trade & Investment) funding to visit SOFA New York (Applied Arts Fair)
2005    Artist in schools, Burnley Lancashire
2001    Crafts Council funding for Acknowledged Sources, Hastings Museum
2000    Commission for Transport and General Workers Union North West HQ
1998    Lottery funding for Azadi Quilt project, Harris Museum Preston
1995    Research visit to India & Bangladesh N West Arts Board and MMU funded
1995    Artist in Residence Belsay Hall Northumberland


03-04    Crafts tutor to adults with learning disabilities (Venture Arts) Hulme Manchester
1992    Senior Lecturer Embroidery Degree Manchester Metropolitan University
1994    Regular workshop and lectures to a range of community groups
1993    Visiting lecturer Goldsmiths College London and various UK Universities

Publications & Journals:

2006    Creative Recycling in Embroidery ed. Val Holmes pub Batsford

2006    Quilters Guild Journal article
2005    The Quilted Planet ed. Celia Eddy Mitchell Beasley pub.

2005    Folk Archive (Cont popular art from the UK) ed. A Kane & J Dellor

2005    Text (Journal of Textile Society) article on Goldsmiths College Study Centre
2005    Embroidery magazine article “Economy of Scale”

2004    Embroidery magazine article

1999    Reinventing Textiles Telos pub
1996    Art Textiles of the World: Great Britain pub. Telos
1995    88 Leaders in the Quilt World Today pub. Nihon Vogue 



Woh Cares?  2012  94 x 70cm
Hand and machine sewn signatures with hand quilting on cotton fabric.
This small quilt was a collaboration with artisans in Ahmedabad Gujarat. Each artesan sewed their signature on the cloth to spell Who Cares (about craft). When the cloth arrived with me, it was in an unfinished state so I added wadding and backing and quilted the surface to make a small quilt. This cloth was made possible with the help of Lokesh Ghai who liaised with the makers.




Remembering Emily 2013 10m x 35cms
Hand embroidery on cotton voile and various cotton threads
On June 8th 1913 the suffragette Emily Davison “fell” under the king’s horse and was killed at the Epsom Derby. To mark the centenary of her death and raise awareness of this remarkable woman I instigated the creation of a collaborative cloth petition made up of 100 sewn signatures as part of the event. The cloth featured in the Wilding Festival to mark Emily’s centenary at St George’s church in Bloomsbury, the site of her memorial service.


Please Sign Here 2013. 3.09m x 1.72.m (w x h)
Found cotton pillowcases and a range of cotton threads.
Please Sign Here is a hand-sewn quilt made up of 336 pieces of cloth embroidered with the signatures of the citizens of Rochdale borough in 2013. It depicts a positive side to Rochdale people following the recent grooming scandal. The age range spans teenagers to people in their eighties and there are eighteen nationalities represented including England, Iran, Ireland, Malaysia, Poland, Algeria, Palestine, Bangladesh and Pakistan.




Signature Bags 2011 42 x 42 cms
Applique sewn by hand made from khadi cotton.
This series of bags were a collaboration with textile makers in Ahmedabad India. In this project I asked the participants to ‘decorate’ the bags with their names using the applique technique they specialize in. In making this statement, the “value” of craftsmanship and individuals in the third world is questioned, in sharp contrast to the marketing tool deployed in Western consumerism today where branding from ‘signature’ perfume by the Beckham’s to Jamie Oliver’s ‘signature’ dishes for Sainsbury’s help increase sales.