Vanessa has been interested in sewing since her late teens and attended dressmaking classes at Eastleigh College when her daughter was small as did her mother before her.
She is a keen amateur photographer, loves to travel, enjoys walking and always has a camera ready to record what interests her. Vanessa is particularly inspired by nature which features regularly in her work. Finding patterns in the most unusual places she is often excited by things which others would ignore.
Using her photographs as source material for her pieces, Vanessa works with a variety of materials including paper. Having a particular interest in surface design, she uses printing and painting techniques and then embellishes with hand and/or machine embroidery.
C&G 7923 Diploma Design and Craft Embroidery
C&G 7922 Certificate Design and Craft Embroidery
C&G 7822 Certificate Miniature Embroidery
2018 ‘Passions’ at the Oxmarket Centre of Arts, Chichester
2018 ‘Random Selection’ at Hanger Farm, Southampton
2017 ‘A Touch of Red’ at the ICHF Event, Birmingham
2017 ‘A Touch of Red’ at the Oxmarket Centre of Arts, Chichester
2016 ‘Crossing Boundaries’ at the Oxmarket Centre of Arts, Chichester
2016 ‘Tides Of Change’ at The d.@rt Gallery, Hedge End, Southampton
2016 ‘Tides Of Change’ at The National Needlework Archive, Newbury
2009 Cut Loose Group exhibition at King John’s House, Romsey
2008 Cut Loose’ Group exhibition at King John’s House, Romsey
2008 ‘Quilting’ (Vanessa Bettinson & Mary West), at Eastleigh Museum, Eastleigh
2007 ‘Transition’ at Eastleigh Museum, Eastleigh