To combat connotations of beauty with perfection, Christina Hesford utilises imperfection to hand-weave beautiful wall-based artworks. Similar in concept to Kintsukuroi, the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with gold lacquer, she focuses on the making process itself to transform and give aesthetic value to her materials. Silk, wool, linen, paper, tree-fibres, polythene sheeting etc. are all used in her intricate knots, the art of weaving a framework to combine various concepts and winning her the 2014 Context Weavers Award. At centre stage in her works however is the human condition, a keen awareness from growing up in Indonesia and Brazil before settling in Stockton-On-Tees.
Last year, Hesford completed her Arts MRes at Northumbria University (2020) and has since become a lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, teaching weaving and providing support to students online. Selected shows and workshops consist of ‘Pushing the Limits: A Virtual Shaft Weaving Art Exhibition’ (2020), ‘Notions of Imperfection’ and a frame-loom weaving workshop at Toast, Shoreditch (2019), ‘Summer Show: Pick’n’Mix’, Pineapple Black Gallery, Middlesbrough (2019), Group exhibition with ‘Trouping the Colour’, Clerkenwell Design Week (2019), ‘Hothouse: Selected’, New Ashgate Gallery (2018), ‘Legacy Exhibition’, Manchester School of Art (2017), ‘STABLE Installation’, Festival of Thrift, Middlesbrough (2016).