Jacqui McKoy Lewens

On September 5, 2017 by Midge

Since moving to the Peak District, I have been truly inspired by the landscape, people, wildlife and history that make it one of the most wondrous places in the country. I like to travel, throughout Europe and the Caribbean and hope my work reflects the colours, shapes and textures that I am blessed with experiencing every single day.


Jacqui McKoy-Lewens was born and grew up in Sheffield, England but now lives in the Peak District in the North West.

Having been taught to sew and crochet at the age of 6, she subsequently started her own fashion design & clothing manufacturing company by the age of 19, making upmarket evening wear for all those who coveted a bit of glamor, including many of the top musicians in the North during the ’80s & ’90s.

Jacqui’s initial arts training included textiles & fashion design followed by a BA in Contemporary Arts. She then went on to complete an MA in Art Psychotherapy in 2006 followed by a PGCTLHE teaching qualification in 2008.

Jacqui currently works part-time as a University Lecturer whilst spending the rest of her working week in her studio as an Artist and Creative Arts Psychotherapist.

Specialising in the creation of mixed media pieces of textile art that fuses traditional crafts, such as spinning and wet felt-making, with more contemporary textile techniques of computerized machine embroidery, magnified-scale stitches and digitally produced graphics, to create contemporary surfaces, textures and fabrics. She is especially interested and influenced by environmentally sustainable, creative techniques and her materials are sourced as locally to her northern based studio as possible.

Fleece from sheep and alpaca is collected from local farms and then hand-processed, dyed, felted and/or hand-spun on her vintage spinning wheels within days of harvesting!

Jacqui also plays with the scale of her work to add humour and movement such as ‘Jumbo- sized’  knitting, over-sized felted flowers, segments digitally photographed using a macro lens to capture the stitch patterns and finer, natural details, all adding to the colourful, textural experience that is contained within her work! Dyes are often natural and home-produced to reflect the variances and subtle nuances of ‘local’ colour. .  to form a stronger response and attachment to the resultant artwork that is created.

After starting to exhibit only a few years ago, her work can already be found in many private collections in the UK, Europe, U.S.A. and New Zealand. As a practicing Creative Arts Psychotherapist, Jacqui also maintains a special interest in working with Forensic organisations, often with young offenders, and she has an established creative and therapeutic involvement with arts & health projects within various mental health and hospital settings.


Email: pinkalpacauk@icloud.com

Website: pinkalpaca.co.uk/

Mobile: 07931 146 075

Studios Address: Pink Alpaca Studios, 12 Buxton Road West, Disley, SK12 2AE

Studio Directions: Directly opposite Disley train station on the A6 near Lyme Park. There is plenty of parking at the Ram’s Head pub car park just across the road.

Studio Location: Pink Alpaca Studios is located in the heart of gorgeous surroundings of the Peak National Parks, overlooking the quintessentially English Lyme Park. Painstakingly built by the artist herself, the log cabin studio is in the grounds of one of the village’s handful of locally listed homes, and where she is hoping one day to be able to house her very own family of Alpacas.  

Opening Dates & Times: 

Sun 24th September, 2pm to 5pm

Saturday 30th September, 10 am to 5pm  & Sun 1st October, 10am to 2pm

Saturday 7th October, 10am to 5pm & Sun 8th October, 10am to 2pm

Xmas Opening:  25th & 26th November, 10am to 4pm


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