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Christine Risley (1926-2003)

A textile artist, Christine Risley (1926�2003) was a key member of Constance Howard�s remarkable and innovative department of textiles, where she set up the machine embroidery area in the 1960s and published a series of books on embroidery. She saw herself as a modern woman, encouraging her students to be adventurous in both work and life. Christine�s career started in 1948 after, as a student on the Art Teachers Certificate at Goldsmiths, she attended an exhibition of embroideries and collages produced by Constance Howard�s evening class students. Inspired, she tracked down Howard and began attending one-on-one sessions with her. Soon other students joined the classes, and the Textile Department was born.  Speaking in 2000, on the 50th anniversary of textiles being taught at Goldsmiths, Risley discussed the influence that Constance�s classes had on her: �For me, it was such a joy to be worki