Stratum - To capture silence series

heavy cotton cloth, pigment dyes, 135 x 135 cm
Photographer, Vincent Gregan


Succession - To Capture Silence series

heavy cotton cloth, pigment dyes, polyester thread, 135 x 135 cm
Photographer, Vincent Gregan


How did I get here?

heavy cotton cloth, interlining, pigment dyes, 220cmH x 75cmW x 40cmD on the floor



Liz Nilsson

Liz Nilsson’s practice blends art, design and function. She creates concept art pieces which use textiles as both medium and subject and regularly works within a formal structure of repeated elements. These occur thematically and physically in her making process. Nilsson cites the circle as a symbolic influence in her work seeing it as a representation of the cycle of life. Using recycled materials, she cuts away from the surface creating open lace-like structures which integrate light and shadow. She incorporates contemporary techniques such as laser-cutting, print, stitching and layering into her finished forms. Her pieces are multi-layered, weaving new and used fabrics together, resulting in highly tactile surfaces. Nilsson is interested in memory traces and the ability to memorise experiences. The layering of her work illustrates repetition, recall and habit and references how memories are instituted.



OPW, Office of public Works Ireland
The Mater Hospital, Dublin
National Museum of Ireland
Harris Museum, Preston, UK
Region Skåne, Malmö, Sweden
Trelleborg’s Museum, Sweden
Borås Högskola, Borås, Sweden
Numerous private collections nationally and internationally

Selected Awards

First price, textile digital print, in The Royal Dublin Society Craft Exhibition
First price Fespa Digital Print Award, for the print “Letting go” in conjunction with Tobex Digital print , Sweden


Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

1995 Trinity Arts Centre, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Group Exhibitions and Fairs

PORTFOLIO, RHA Gallery, Dublin (also 2012, 2013)
Future Beauty?, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
           Culture Craft; The London Street gallery, Derry and Kilkenny
           Sculpture in Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
           Linen Diaspora, R Gallery, Lisburn, Co. Antrim
OAK Open Art Killenure Exhibition, Killeneure House, Co. Tipperary
Lost in Lace, Birmingham Museum, UK
Bite Size, Anglo-Japanese Institute, London, UK and Gallery Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
Linen Diaspora, 4th Biennale Internationale Du Lin De Portneuf, Quebec, Canada
Crafts Meet Technology, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, USA
Exploring Perceptions of Contemporary Craft, Lavit Gallery, Cork
13th International Triennial of Tapestry, Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz, Poland
Embracing Technology, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Craft and Context, Mason Hayes & Curran, Barrow Street, Dublin and Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin
Embellished, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, UK
Sculpture in Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
2009 Object, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
My Space, Limerick City Municipal Museum, Nano, Gallery Studio 44, Stockholm, Sweden, Gifted, Wexford Art Centre
2008 RDS National Crafts Competition Prize Winners, touring exhibition
Pink Thursday, Trelleborg’s Museum, Sweden
2007 Ecology, Mythology, Technology, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny and Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
Design Crafts, Bilston Craft Gallery, UK
2006 Origin, London, UK, Traces, The Atrium Gallery, Dublin
00 – 04 Review, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny

Contact Details:

Liz Nilsson
54 Kenilworth Square
Dublin 6

T. +353 86 8307294
E. nilssonliz@yahoo.ie