"Fabric in Fine Art is an area that has not been widely developed, it pushes you into an area very much your own. You are between painting, sculpture, textiles... you are in this other, exciting world. I am happy with breaking new ground, you can do different things, I like that."
Michael has an international reputation as one of the most innovative and inspiring artists working in textiles today. Michael draws in fabrics, his work is sculptural and tactile. He is particularly interested in embroidery, lace-making and traditions in floral textiles. He uses his knowledge in these ancient crafts and combines them with modern day techniques, such as digital printing and computerised machine embroidery, to create sculptural, wall-hung, textile and multimedia pieces.
Although his work is first and foremost decorative it can be read on more than one level. Michael uses titles to allude to the source of inspiration for each one of his works. Recent flag-based pieces, for example, reveal their reference to conflict and war when seen up close.
Born in Bury, Lancashire, Michael has over 40 years experience as a practising artist. He has lectured at Goldsmiths College, London and has taught and held residencies at universities in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Belgium.
He was appointed Professor of Art - Politics in Ornament at Wolverhampton University in 2013.
Michael’s work has been commissioned by numerous organisations and is represented in private and public collections worldwide including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Gallery of Australia and the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan.