Mandy southan - textile & Lampwork artist


welcome to a world of colours and textures


Hello and welcome to my website where you will find an eclectic mix of lamp work and textile-related interests. There are examples of my hand painted and shibori-pleated silks and glass beads in the Folio sections, information about my books and teaching, some of my published articles and a journal section containing pictures showing some of the textiles and other artworks I have discovered on my journeys, which inspire and interest me and inform my work as a textile maker.

I am part of a growing movement of people concerned to preserve the knowledge of traditional textile processes, as ancient ways of life are threatened by the encroachment of the modern world. I love old, handmade textiles and am fascinated by the designs and techniques that are unique to each culture and have been passed down from generation to generation. My special interest is in traditional Japanese resist techniques and in my own work, I often combine and adapt traditional methods and use them in new ways. My textile work is a journey of discovery which connects me with the past and leads me ever onwards into the future. Each piece I make takes time, a great deal of care and patience to produce. My colours are all mixed individually and are carefully blended and overpainted to create subtle tones and vibrant contrasts. Each piece I make is unique, my motto is creation, not production.

I hope you enjoy browsing and please contact me if you have any questions.


As usual, I will be attending a number of Sussex Guild events around Sussex throughout the year starting with a new venue for the Guild at Stanmer House which is on the eastern outskirts of Brighton. I hope I will see you there.


Sussex Guild Craft Shows for 2015

Stanmer House, Brighton

Saturday & Sunday March 21st and 22nd

Michelham Priory, Nr Hailsham

Thursday to Sunday August 6th to 9th

Pashley Manor, Nr Ticehurst

Saturday to Monday August 29th to 31st

Midhurst & Rother College, West Sussex

Saturday & Sunday November 28th & 29th

Check the Sussex Guild website for further details