Tansy Hargan is a British mixedmedia artist with an academic and professional background in architecture and landscape architecture. Despite this, collage and textiles have been her principal media for at least 20 years.
Hargan’s work is a combination of painting, collage and embroidery, with most pieces starting with the assembly of a distinctive palette of painted calico and linen, dressmakers’ offcuts, threads, and loose fibres. She cuts and collages spontaneously, building up fibrous and gossamer layers, then blending colours and making marks with the addition of hand and machine stitch.
Tansy works daily from her studio in Sheffield, UK, and teaches ecological design part-time at a local university. Her practice is process-led and intuitive, with abstracted compositions developing organically in response to observations, thoughts and sketches made whilst out and about. Tansy walks and sketches in the Peak District National Park on a weekly basis, visits London and Northern Italy whenever possible, and regularly decamps to her family home in Ireland, where solitude, fresh air and countryside interrupt her pace and allow new ideas to emerge.