Personal Statement:
Looking back over all my past work the common denominator or overarching theme is ‘Loss’. I respond to my own and others’ feelings (or emotions) through the medium of textiles – print and embroidery, the outcomes often provoking these same feelings or at least an empathy from its’ audience which creates a deeper understanding of the lives, experiences and situations of, the other.

Connected through embroidery: the legacy of stitch in the everyday of a dying community‘.

As a textile practitioner/researcher and critically, through a co-design methodology which draws on auto-ethnography, I investigate the everyday embroideries of an obsolescent community – the Babushkas of Chernobyl. I aim to contemporise their textile history for new audiences, in order that their voices be heard and their stitched legacy preserved. The main focus are the meaningful relationships we have built together, and continuing that connectedness and communication through major, often unforeseen and unfathomable difficulties and trauma.

My fascination with the lost, memory and place, motivates me to take major risks in order to benefit my practice and my life experience.

2020 – 23 Northumbria University School of Design: PhD 
2019 Fellow of Higher Education Academy
2016 – 18 Manchester Metropolitan University: MFA Embroidery
2014 – 16 Manchester Metropolitan University: MA Embroidery
2006 – 08 University of Huddersfield: PGCE
1999 – 05 Cleveland College of Art& Design, Hartlepool: BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design-1st Class Honours
2022 Finalist, North East Culture Awards: ‘Visual Artist of the Year’
2021 Northern Bridge Large Grant Scheme Beneficiary [supporting fieldwork in Chernobyl, Ukraine]
2019 Arts and Humanities Research Council Studentship Award (Ph.D.)
2019 Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation. Travel Grant Recipient [Siberia]
2019 Creative Factory, Middlesbrough. Grant Recipient
2019 British Council Ukraine. Mobility Grant Recipient
2019 Artist Commission: #untitled10 2019 The Bowes Museum, Co. Durham
2019 Finalist, The Dover Prize 2019
2018 British Council/Crafts Council Creative Futures Grant Scheme Recipient
2018 Finalist, 2018 Dorothy Waxman Textile Design Prize
2016 A-N Travel Bursary
2012 Winner, Acquisition Prize, Contextile 2012, Portugal
2009 Finalist, European Prize for Applied Arts, Belgium
2006 Prize winner, Charles Henry Foyle Trust Competition
2004 Winner of ‘Designers of Tomorrow’, Paris
Publications & Papers:  
2021 Babushka as icon – practice as research and the importance of the sketchbook
Russian Fashion Theory: Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, Winter, No.62, pp. 237–251
‘Бабушка как икона: исследовательская практика и ценность скетчбука.’
Theories and Practices of Art & Design – Sociocultural, Economic & Political Contexts, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
2019 An experiential investigation into the embroidery practices of the Chernobyl Babushka
Futurescan 4 Conference – Valuing Practice, University of Bolton
Theories and Practices of Art & Design – Sociocultural, Economic & Political Contexts, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia:
‘экспериментальный исследование практик вышивания чернобыльских «бабушек»’
Fashion, Costume and Visual Culture – FCVC2019, Lille, France

Baker, C. A. (2019). ‘An experiential investigation into the embroidery practices of the Chernobyl Babushka’, Clothing Cultures, 6:1, pp. 17–34, doi: 10.1386/cc_00002_1

2018 An anthropological investigation of the Chernobyl Babushka
Perspectives in Art and Design
Pre-2018 500 Felt Objects, The Big Book of Fashion Illustration, International Textiles
Employment & Exhibitions:


Exhibiting Embroidery and Textile Artist
Arts Project Manager, Chernobyling Festival, Ukraine
Lead Artist and Project Manager 26:86 Collective
H.E. Lecturer in Textiles at The Northern School of Art (2005 – 2020+)
August 2022 Acquisition of works for the Middlesbrough Collection, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art [MIMA]
Oct ’21 – Mar ’22 The Red Thread. Solo Research Exhibition, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art [MIMA]
Oct ’20 – 2022 Co-Curator of new making programme with local aged communities and the aged self-settlers of Chernobyl, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
November 2019 Solo Exhibition, KRYAKK 2019: Krasnoyarsk Book & Culture Fair [with Fashion Theory Journal], Siberia, Russia
Oct ’19 – Feb ’20 #untitled10 2019 Exhibition, The Bowes Museum, Co. Durham
Sept – Nov ’19 Place, Home, Loss & Legacy. Solo Exhibition, Hartlepool Art Gallery
Sept 2018 Talent! (Mohawk NYTM) New York City
August 2018 (Street) Art Project Manager ‘Chernobyling’ Festival, Kiev, Ukraine
Sept – Nov 2017 26:86 Chernobyl 30 Years On Exhibition – Hartlepool Art Gallery
Sept – Nov 2017 26:86 Chernobyl 30 Years On Exhibition – Satellite Exhibition – CCAD
Aug – Sept 2017 Chernobyling Festival, Slavutych & Chernobyl, Ukraine
June 2017 Collaboration Project ‘Slavutych’ with Nicola Golightly, Graphic Visual Artist
April 2017 26:86 Guerilla Exhibition, Palace of Culture, Pripyat, Ukraine
Feb 2017 26:86 Chernobyl 30 Years On Exhibition – St. Joseph’s Church, Stanley, Co. Durham
Dec 2016 26:86 Chernobyl 30 Years On Exhibition – House of Blah Blah, Middlesbrough
Sept 2016 CCAD Exhibitor
July – Oct 2016 Exhibitor: Contextile 2016 Textile Biennial, Portugal
July 2016 Liverpool Fringe Biennale Exhibitor
June 2016 June 2016 Baltic Book Fair (26:86 Collective)
June 2016 Zine Purchased For Baltic Archive Permanent Collection
Jan+ 2016 Instituted and Established 26:86 Collective
July 2015 Exhibitor, The Baltic Book Fair, The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art Newcastle upon Tyne
Aug 2015 One Day Open House Interactive Collectorvism Exhibition
May 2015+ A Group Gathering: Daphne’s Glove, collaborative touring exhibition. Hereford (Aug 2015) & Staffs (2016)
Feb 2015 Exhibitor, Collective Exhibition; ‘Work in Progress’ – CCAD
Jun 2014+ British By Design: Designer & Maker
2009 – 14 Professional Member of Designed & Made
Nov 2013 Exhibitor – ‘In Dreams’ – Customs House, South Shields
Nov 2013 Exhibitor – ‘Christmas Crackers’ – Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
Nov 2013 Exhibitor – Ouseburn Open Studios
Oct 2013 Northern Design Festival, Design Event Mart & ‘Ouse St General Store’ – Globe Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
Feb-May 2013 Solo Textile Exhibition ‘Collector’ – Folio Gallery, CCAD
Sept 2012 Exhibitor: Contextile 2012 Textile Triennial, Portugal
Oct 2011 Exhibitor: ‘Design Event Presents’ – Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
2011 – 12 Product showcase: DLI Museum & Art Gallery, Durham
Oct 2010 Exhibitor at Baltic Square ‘Design Event’, Wondercart, Designed & Made
Sept 2010 London Design Festival, exhibitor with Designed & Made
July 2010 Love Me Live With Me, limited edition product – commissioned for Designed & Made
June 2010 Exhibitor with WCC, ‘Eunique’- Karlsruhe, Germany
May 2010 Member of Board of Directors of Designed & Made
Pre 2010 Please ask for details.
References on Request