Sharon Kearley graduated in 1995 from The London Institute, Chelsea School of Art, with a BA(Hons) Textiles Design having specialized for two years in woven design.
Her eighteen year career has been incredibly diverse encompassing Fashion and Costume Styling and making for the advertising, theatre, film and television industries; the infamous Big Breakfast and The Bigger Breakfast Show of the mid ninties; styling presenters Liza Tarbuck and Johnny Vaughn, Sara Cox and Dermot O'Leary. She set up her own design practice in 2002 in Northern Spain where she exhibited her woven designs, working to various commissions and continued to work in Costume and lectured Art and Design in Art Academies.
She returned her business to the UK in 2009 and has since lectured at the London Metropolitan University and higher education establishments, currently lecturing at Winchester School of Art as a Visiting Lecturer for students on the MA Textiles Design Course. She has completed a number of residencies at universities, galleries and museums working predominantly with 'minority' groups using weave design as a tool for healing and self-motivation and has won funding on a number of projects, continuing to push her passion for weave in these areas. She provides workshops and talks to all ages sharing her knowledge and passion for her subject.
Her book 'Woven Textiles - A Designer's Guide' is due to be published by 'Crowood Press' in 2014