Tracey Doxey –
bio – August 2018
Tracey Doxey is a site specific artist, photographer, story teller, blogger and traveller. She graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 1998 with a High 2:1 BA (hons) in Fine Art specialising in Super 8 films and photography. Since graduating, Tracey has worked at BALTIC Centre of Contemporary Art, Danceworks UK, London Contemporary Dance School and Site Gallery as Corporate Events Manager, General Manager, National and International Tour Manager and Operations Manager. In July 2008, Tracey left Sheffield on the 8am train to London then arrived, after catching many more trains, in Beijing on 08-08-08. Tracey’s practice has been to embed herself within place, write and blog of her journey, photograph the stories of the people and the places in which she lived in in China – and to develop ethnographic research in the places that she has got to deeply know – most recently – the remote islands of Shetland. She has also developed a creative knitting practice for forty years, latterly knitting lace and teaching Fair Isle.
Eighteen years after graduating, Tracey returned to University to do a part-time MA in Textiles /Knit at Nottingham Trent University, specialising in Computer Aided Design knitted lace, inspired by the traditional heritage of the Shetland knitted lace industry and its knitters. Her CAD simulations of the lace knit were used in further processes to create large scale paper laser cuts taken from her lace machine knitting. The end results are a run of site-specific exhibitions in abandoned croft houses across Shetland on the small islands of Unst, Bressay and Burra which were placed as a testament to the many lace knitters who subsidised the meagre income of the family and who lived for generations in the many now abandoned croft houses scattered across the islands. During a one month residency in Scalloway, in December 2017 and an Arts Council, Making Ways R&D Grant to return to Shetland in May 2017, Tracey firmly established her new creative style.
In July 2018, Tracey graduated with a High Distinction in her MA from Nottingham Trent University.
In May, 2018, I was fortunate to be able to return to Shetland and the Island of Unst on a ‘Making Ways’ R&D Grant. I am completely grateful for this opportunity and am still working with the material.
I take commissions for large scale digitally printed photographic images of my site specific work in Shetland and for lace knitted pieces – please contact me if you are interested in finding out more.
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I’m delighted to say that Making Ways, an ambitious three-year project that will demonstrate, celebrate and develop exceptional contemporary visual art produced in Sheffield, have awarded me a Research and Development Grant to return to Shetland -and travel to Unst to finish my ‘Vod’ An unoccupied empty place series of work – THANK YOU. I will return to Shetland in May 2018.
Tracey Doxey, May 2018
Printed booklet on Site Specific work on request – pdf link belowhttps://indd.adobe.com/view/6ed6dfbf-32e5-4684-b953-0bdb27269255
‘Be the artist you are.’