Amanda Gizzi

I studied Tapestry and Printmaking at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Art and Design.

Since then I have maintained my practice and exhibited yearly at both national and international levels.


My imagery reflects narratives around me. I am inspired by stories told, words and conversations shared and images of people and place. In describing my design process, I try to balance ideas from my experiences  with composition and the possibilities of  the media of tapestry.


My work is mainly figurative in nature married with a desire to work in texture, colour and pattern. 

I am also a founding member of STAR – Scottish Tapestry Artists Regrouped and a past VP of Visual Arts Scotland.


Edinburgh College of Art, Heriot Watt University 1983-1984

Bachelor of Art, 1st Class

Postgraduate Certificate in Tapestry Design

Moray House School Of Education, The University of Edinburgh 1986

Post Graduate Diploma in Education, with Distinction


Selected Exhibitions:

Threads – Espacio Gallery Bethnal Green London, 2017 

Visual Arts Scotland – Royal Scottish Academy Edinburgh, Morton Fraser Award, 2016

Interconnections – Tapestry Connections Ireland, 2016

Inperspex, An Exhibition of Sculpture and Tapestry Artists – RSA Edinburgh, 2015

Collaborative Mixed Show – The Red Barn, Cumbria, 2006-2014

STAR, Tapestry Regrouped (includes In conversation with the artists) – The French Institute Edinburgh, 2012/13

Tapestry Retrospective – Scottish Tapestry Regrouped, City Art Centre, Edinburgh 2011

The Joy of Food – The Lund Gallery, Yorkshire 2011

This is NOW: from Drawing to Contexture (an ambitious and visually exciting exhibition supported by catalogue) – Patriot Hall, Edinburgh International Festival, 2010

Exhibition of Miniature Tapestries, The Galerie La Tour Montsales, Suas Leis an Oir-Ghreus, France, 2010



Visual Arts Scotland 

Scottish Tapestry Artists Regrouped – founding member

Selected Awards:

2016 Morton Frazer Award

2007 Scottish Gallery Applied Art Award

2005 The Lily McDougal Painting Award

What don't we know about you?
I keep secrets

Favourite Book?
To Kill a Mocking Bird

Favourite Artist?
Stanley Spencer

Favourite Quotes?

Everything has a sort of double meaning for me, there's the ordinary everyday meaning of things, and the imaginary meaning about it all, and I wanted to bring these things together, and in this first big Resurrection of mine you have a good example of this sort of thing.

Stanley Spencer

What couldn't you live without?
My husband, cooking, far away lands

How do you keep the balance in life?

Not sure if I do

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