Roslyn Zalin, BA, RBSA
Roslyn studied Art and Design at Birmingham Polytechnic (now University of Central Birmingham) 1973-77 as a mature student. After a Foundation year, she specialised in Printed Textiles gaining an Honours Degree (II i).
Her interest in textiles stemmed from working and travelling in West Africa, which she did after studying Social Anthropology at The University of Manchester 1961-64. She taught in both Ghana and Nigeria and also travelled in East Africa, particularly in Ethiopia which she has visited twice.
She has exhibited her paintings and textiles in London (including the Mall Gallery) and Birmingham as well as locally in Worcestershire. She has painted with “The Village Artists” for over 20 years and held several joint exhibitions which attracted national publicity as part of the campaign against the Western Orbital Motorway. She has held two Open Studio exhibitions at home in Clent and three in Hampstead Garden Suburb with other artists. She is a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and regularly shows work at the RBSA. In the past two years she had her work on show at the Pastel Society Exhibition at the Mall Gallery, London. She held a one woman show at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in September this year.
She lived in Clent, Worcestershire, for 30 years, moving to Bewdley in 2003. She is married with two sons and a grandson.
This is her sixth year as Resident Artist/Craftsperson in Bewdley Museum where she runs courses in silk painting, lino printing and batik for adults and children. She also paints and exhibits her work in her studio in Bewdley Museum. She was commissioned by Wetherspoons to do a painting of Bewdley for the refurbished George Hotel in Load Street, Bewdley.
Her inspiration comes from natural forms and her love of the countryside. A recurring theme in her work is African art and artefacts, textiles and sculpture. She works mainly in pastels, mixed media, textiles and lino printing.