Embroider the Truth

Blog by artist/printmaker Dawn Cole



Amputations Etc, Solar plate etch, 2011


Dawn Cole is an artist and independent curator who works from her studio inBirchington,Kent. Dawn graduated from theUniversityofKentin 2005 with a BA (Hons) Fine Art.

Since 2008 Dawn’s practice has focused on working from the archive of a First World War nurse, Clarice Spratling. The small family archive contains Clarice’s diary and photographs, both relating to her time serving inFrance, a handwritten notebook containing knitted and crochet lace patterns and many other personal documents. Often using patte

 rn and text, Dawn’s practice focuses on research and immediate responses. Exploring ideas of propaganda, memory, recollection and time.

Dawn works primarily as a printmaker using a range of techniques including; solar plate etch, lino etc, drypoint and monoprint

Dawn exhibits throughout the UK and her work from this archive has been shown at her solo exhibition ‘Reading Between the Lines’ in 2009, and in 2010 Dawn was invited to exhibit her work in ‘Out of Print’ at South Hill Park Berkshire. In August 2011 Dawn exhibited in Berck Sur Mer,France  and in 2012 she will be one of 50 artists invited to represent theUK at the Kyoto Hanga International Print Exhibition in Kyoto,Japan.

In 2011 Dawn was awarded the V&A Print Prize at the International Print Awards, Newcastle.


Dawn hasd recently been awarded funding through Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts, to research and develop a new project; Resting Place. Resting Place is the next project to come from Clarice’s archive and will explore the link between past and present, the living and the dead.

Dawn has completed 3 public art commissions for theUniversityof Kent,Kent and Canterbury Hospital and Ashford Town Partnership and was lead artist in 2006 at Ashford Visual Arts and Architecture Festival working with art students from the UK,France and Germany to produce a collaborative work.

In 2009 Dawn also worked on a collaborative public arts project ‘Hole in the Wall’ which was shortlisted for the Kent Cultural Baton.

Dawn has worked for many years as an editioner for artist printmaker Brenda Hartill and has taught on many of her residential workshops.

Contact Dawn Cole

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Resting Place is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Supported by Kent County Council
In collaboration with Platform-7
All images and content © Dawn Cole 2013
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