Diane Watson was born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1968, developing an early fascination with pattern and colour inspired by the wallpaper sample books brought home by her painter and decorator father. Diane went on to study Ceramics at Loughborough and later a degree in Textiles at Cleveland College of Art and Design, which led to a teaching post at CCAD where she eventually became course leader for Fashion and Textiles. Diane also has an MA in Ceramics, graduating from Sunderland University in 2009.
After leaving teaching, Diane has thrown herself fully into her own practice, taking long contemplative walks along the beautiful north east coastline with her rescue dogs Bobby and Finn, to inspire her environmentally-themed work. These have borne many discoveries, starting out as a quest for interesting flotsam and jetsam but culminating in an awareness of the extent of damaging impact of plastics which are washed up on the seashore.
Diane’s current work focuses on the myriad of plastic items washed up by surge tides along the North East coast. Her collection of thousands of plastic tops, toys, bottles, lighters and other discarded items are used to create kaleidoscopic patterns reminiscent of the 1970s wallpapers of her childhood.
Thoughtful Planet 2017 Thought Foundation Gateshead
Fresh Rural Arts Thirsk 2017
Colour Cupola Gallery Sheffield 2017
Festival of Thrift Latest Edition Project 2017
Palace Arts Redcar Latest Editions Project January 2018
Whitham Barnard Castle Latest Editions Project Febuary2018
The Center for Polish Sculpture The universal Sea March 2018
Kunsthuis Gallery Our Earth March 2018
Nasty Women Empowerment Black and White building London March 2018
There’s No Away solo exhibition Palace Arts 2019
There’s No Away solo Exhibition Hartlepool Art Gallery 2019
Fragile Earth MIMA Middlesbrough 2019
Lumiere Durham 2019