Elizabeth Forrest

I am drawn to words and quotations which hint at the transience and vulnerability of life.

I am a Welsh-born lettering artist and papermaker, now living in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. My work is a unique, highly personal response to text from varied sources that inspire me and is based on a love of words, combined with a passion for colour, texture and pattern. I have explored lettering and the three-dimensional, using paper pulp, hand-made paper fragments, found objects, plastic mesh and wire to create textured effects. I have also made pieces combining lettering and gouache illustration and have explored stitched lettering on fabric. Sometimes words and quotations suggest their own visual imagery, while at other times textures and colours influence my choice of words. I find inspiration in industrial landscapes and nature and in the concepts of time and decay.


1998 – 2001 Part-time Advanced Training Scheme in Calligraphy run by
The Society of Scribes and Illuminators
2005 Accepted as a Member of The Makers’ Guild in Wales
2007 Accepted as a Member of Peak District Artisans, Derbyshire
2009 Accepted as an ‘Emerge’ Member of The Design Factory, Lincolnshire
2013 Elected a Full Member of The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
2017 Accepted as a Flair member of the Design Factory, NCCD, Sleaford
2018 Design Factory merged into Design-Nation

Selected Exhibitions

2021 Eyam Mechanics Institute
2020 The Circle Gallery, Sheffield
2020 Stockport Art Gallery
2018 St Mary’s Church, The Lace Market, Nottingham
2018 Brampton Art Gallery, Newcastle under Lyme
2017 St John Street Gallery, Ashbourne
2017 St Chad’s Church, Stafford
2017 Southwell Minster
2017 / 2018 / 2019 / 2020 The Manger Gallery, Melbourne
2016 The National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford
2016 / 2019 Derby Cathedral
2015 The Old Station Gallery, Rowsley, Derbyshire
2015 Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville, Bucks
2014 The Bank, Eye, Suffolk.
2014 St Michael with St Mary Parish Church, Melbourne, as part of the Melbourne Festival
2014 Derby Cathedral Centre
2014 ‘Art in the Round’, Derby
2013 / 2014 Derbyshire Open Arts, Chesterfield
2012 The Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford
2012 / 2013 Craft in the Bay, Cardiff
2012 / 2013 / 2014 The Great Dome Art Fair, Buxton
2011 Walford Mill Crafts, Dorset
2011 MOMA Wales
2011 ‘Gateway 2011‘ The National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford
2010 / 2020 The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery
2010 The Arts Factory, Leeds City College, Keighley
2010 Guest Maker at Craft in the Bay, Cardiff
2008 / 2009 Derby City Open Art Competition
2006 Second prize in the Welsh Artist of the Year Open Competition, St David’s Hall, Cardiff
2006 Oriel Davies, Powys
2006 Museum of Rural Life, Glastonbury
2004 Farfield Mill, Sedbergh
2002 Rufford Craft Centre, Notts

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