Friday, October 24, 2014

This is SAQA Europe/Middle East: The United Kingdom

Frieda Oxenham

My Life in Art.

I was born in The Netherlands but have now lived in the UK (including some years in Ireland) since 1979. I started quilting about 25 years ago now, when I signed up for a City and Guilds Embroidery course to keep me occupied after a house move to Scotland. Textile art very quickly became a lifelong obsession and I’m probably best know for my use of colour and my love of embellishments. 

Going around in circles

I am an award winning textile and mixed media artist whose work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Many of my quilts have won prizes including winning the Scottish Quilt Championship in 1998 and the European Quilt Championship in 2006 as well as several prizes in US Quilt Shows, two for the best Hand Workmanship. 

A Woman's Work

I have also entered the world of mixed media and my Artist Trading Card (ATC) Enduring, Unending won Best of Show in the House of Cards exhibition, Columbus, Ohio, 2005. I worked as a member of the Alpha Stamps Design Team for 4 years from 2007-2010. My art has been published in a wide variety of magazines and books both here in the U.K. and abroad. 


I'm improving as a photographer by uploading one picture every day to the Blipfoto site ( and my interest in graveyards has led me to start a separate blog about my local one in West Linton. In 2012 I successfully completed my self set task of making one Journal Quilt every week in the 52 Journals Project.  


They were exhibited in a very successful show in Peebles just recently. I'm a full-time studio artist. You can see all my art and some of my life on my blog:

Thread Tangle

(c) Frieda Oxenham


  1. Hello Frieda,
    I have seen your work here and there for many years now. It is good to 'see' you and meet you. Perhaps one day in real time!

  2. What a lovely write up of your life in art Frieda . . . you are so creative and prolific!! ❤

  3. It is good to meet the face behind your very familiar work.