Francesca Rea is a Northern Irish textile artist, currently focusing on hand-embroidery techniques.
Francesca Rea graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (University of Dundee) in 2020 with a degree in textile design. She caught the eye of Fife Contemporary’s panel of judges, looking at work by graduates from the Scottish art colleges with the aim of awarding a series of New Makers’ bursaries. As a result of this, she was featured in Fife Contemporary’s Materialise 4 from the Autumn of 2021.
Some of her textile work can be seen in the 2022-23 Fife Contemporary Craft Pod tour. This features several pieces of textile work; the centrepiece is a plain white man’s secondhand cotton shirt, onto the front of which she has embroidered a pair of glowing Echinacea flowers.