Kirsteen Lyons-Benson BA (Hons) Experience as an artist and teacher.

I have a degree in Textile Design from Heriot Watt University. I am very  proficient with practical skills such as: Design, Art, Computer aided Design, Weaving, Printing, Sculpture, Acting, Pottery, Jewellery making,  Textile Design, Theatre skills, Calligraphy, and more. I am also good at teaching others any skill I have learned.

2020 to present Silver Shell Jewellery I learned the craft of jewellery making from metal clay and crated a collection of unique jewellery which can be seen at I also crated this website, with all product photography, and technical work. 

2019 to 2020 Unquit Art I have created a book to inspire and help people do more art which can be seen at

2018 to 2019 Art Dreams Gallery. An online gallery bringing together the work of four professional artists to sell original paintings which I crated and marketed together with three other artists. My jobs were varied they included, web site creation, listing paintings, product photography, finance and advertising. 

2018 and 2019 Two trips to Spain and Portugal of six months each (in campervans, by boat, by train, and by plane) to educate my children in other  cultures and take photographs that inform my paintings.

2013 to 2018. Freelance as Enchanted Textile Design. Creating high quality design for a series of textile studios in New York, London and Europe.

2014 and 2015 Executive director of Saint Hill Arts Festival. Planning and delivering a full week of art workshops to adults. 

2008 to 2013 Started, ran and eventually sold Crawley Craft Fair. A vibrant community event and a viable small business. This event was very well loved by Crawley Council and community alike.

2016 and 2017 Creating a drawing a day for two years to practice my art and have a better online profile as well as inspire others.

2007 to 2008 Teaching English as a second language at Greenfields English Language School. I delivered classes, helped students with language related problems in life, helped with the running of the college. Ran the conversation club once a week.

2008 to 2013 Started and ran Butterfly Facepainting. Butterfly Facepainting was a successful and creative Facepainting business with up to four facepainters freelancing under my management.

2006 to 2009 Started and ran Bagsythat Pottery and Gallery in Tilgate Park, Crawley. A small pottery and gallery providing handmade ceramics, teaching, painting and children's activities.

2006 Freelance Graphic design and fine art. Selling paintings online and at fairs. 

2004-2005 Graphic Design and PR. Star Syringe. This involved web updates, Newsletters, brochures and press articles. During my time at Star Syringe I instigated many press articles including national radio interviews and national newspapers. I was also instrumental in winning several award for the Business including the Sussex Business awards and Best international  Company at the Stivies. (International Business awards in the US, This put us on US TV.)

2003 Freelance Murals

2002 to 2003 Associate, Product development. Muraspec. (Kent) This  involved lending my textiles knowledge to the team, research, planning, lab work and CAD design for 3D weave.

2001 Work placement with The Printed Stitch Studio Design Consultants. (Galashiels)

 2001 First prize-winner of an industrial competition for Morton Young & Borland. This was a prize for the best of Madras lace design. 

2001 Joint first prize-winner of an industrial competition for Muraspec, (a textile wall coverings design and manufacturer). The judges of this competition said I had won for the relevance and applicability of my response to  the brief as well as the high standard of work, commenting “There are people out there making good livings with far inferior products”.

1999-2002 BA (Hons) Textile Design 2(1). Involving; print, weave, knit, marketing, finance, management, coloration Technology, print technology, visual studies, professional practice, CAD and the design process. Also being entered  into the Royal Society of Arts textile competition.

2000 Class rep. Textile Design, Heriot-Watt University.

1998-1999 Commissions to paint murals. (Sussex and Kent).

1996-2001 Theatre Design and production for Greenfields Theatre Company. (Sussex) I have designed and created; costumes, props, scenery and backdrops for several theatre productions as well as acting, coaching and directing. 

1996-1999 Art and drama teacher at Greenfields school, (Sussex). In addition to teaching lessons this involved assisting with school plays, attending moderation meetings, parents’ evenings, planning lessons, keeping admin, supervision duties around the school, writing reports and communicating with parents about the progress their children made.

1997 Director of exhibitions for St Hill arts festival.  

1996 Director of the Children's Project for St Hill arts festival, (Sussex). This involved the advanced planning of a week’s activities in the arts for children of all ages, ordering relevant materials, and recruiting a voluntary staff to assist.  In addition to these responsibilities, I personally delivered many of the activities.

1995 Summer school, (Sussex). Organising and delivering one week of art activities for 7 to 16 year-olds. Under the umbrella of the school where the summer school was taking place I was responsible for planning, ordering materials and delivering the activities.

A level art, A level photography, GCSE’s.

1992-1995 Wirral Youth Theatre member.

1993-1995 Wirral Youth Service Travel Panel rep.


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