Kelly Jenkins (b;1980) was born and raised in Pembrokeshire, Wales. She gained her 1st class Honours Degree in Textile Art at The West Wales School of Art in Carmarthen in 2002. She went on to become an MA graduate of Textiles from the Royal College of Art, London in 2004; Kelly drew wide success from her graduate show with her entire collection bought up by Harry Blaine of Haunch of Venison Gallery, Bond Street London. Kelly has since gone onto successfully exhibit and sell her work widely across the UK and Europe.
Previous major exhibitions include Knit 2 Together with the Craft Council, London (2005), Strikk 7 at the West Norway Museum of Decorative Art (2007) and Knitted Worlds at the Audax Textile Museum in the Netherlands (2008). Kelly was invited to hold her first solo show in 2005 at The Livingstone Studio, London NW3, with a conceptual textile exhibition called “Translating Emotions”. In 2012 she had another solo show ‘Paint With Thread’ at The Watford Museum Gallery, London.
Her work can be found in private collections in London, the US, Europe and the Far East. She has received several awards for her work including The New Designers Lucienne Day Award (2002) and The John Lewis Interiors Award (2003).
Kelly has received further recognition for her work through such publications as Blueprint, Elle Interiors, Grand Designs, Icon, Financial Times and Crafts Magazine. She has also undertaken radio and TV interviews concerning the subject of Textile Art, chaired debating panels on art practice and judged textile competitions including the UK’s NEC’s annual National Knitting Show.
Kelly also has a wealth of teaching experience; gaining her teaching qualification in 2007 from Canterbury Christ Church College, UK. She taught art at St Joseph’s Academy, London and went onto to become Head of Textiles at St Matthews Academy, London (2009). She has also lectured on the subject of art and textiles at institutions including West Wales School of Art and Oxford Brookes University. In 2011 Kelly founded Abbotts Ann Arts, a creative educational hub in Hampshire.
Kelly took a couple of years out from painting when she became a mother in 2016, but now is now back painting full time and is based in her Hampshire studio, UK.