I got back home from Leicester last night after two wonderful days exhibiting at The Big Textile Show at Leicester Racecourse. Although I’ve previously shown work as part of a group this was my first stint at having a stall and exhibiting in my own right. I wasn’t too sure what to expect but it turned out to be an amazing experience and the two days just flew by. I met lots of lovely people, stall holders and visitors, and it was great that so many folk took the time to stay and chat.
A big thank you to the Leicestershire Quilters for the loan of the quilt stands and to my friend Sandra who very kindly put me up over the weekend, helped set up the displays and stayed all day to help on the stall…..much appreciated! Here are just a few more images from the show…..
Local Spinning Group
Part of the Sea & Sky IFA Members Exhibition
Yesterday I went into Lincoln to see the Re-Action exhibition by Feltmaker Moira West being held in the Gallery at St Martins in Hungate. This little gallery hosts a regularly changing programme of art exhibitions from emerging and established artists and I was keen to visit on the Saturday as Moira was going to be there in person. It’s great to have the opportunity to view creative work of any kind when the artist is in residence to talk about how it came about and answer any questions you might have. Moira said she “was delighted to be invited by gallery manager and artist Phil Bowman to produce my fibre art for another solo exhibition. This body of work will stretch me artistically, whilst also allowing a continuing interpretation of human strength and weakness – a recurrent theme of my work.”
It was refreshing to enter a gallery and be encouraged, rather than discouraged, to touch all of the work on display. Moira believes that “art should create a sense of involvement for viewers, and prompt interaction between them and the work itself.”
Thought provoking work based around the subject of consumerism………
Her latest exhibition work relates to consumer excess, trade, and worship of the individual. This body of work is shown alongside some of her more important pieces from previous exhibitions.
“Freedom”, “Choice” and “Order”……. fabric, silk and wool.
“Hallelujah”….metallic threads and wool / “It’s What Shapes Us”…..jute, yak and wool
Moira’s work cried out to be handled as it is wonderfully textured and tactile. My favourite piece is the tall grey vessel entitled “Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen” from a collection inspired by singer song writers. The piece below is a detail from “Purple Rain” which combines steel mesh with British wool.
Detail of “Purple Rain”…..British wool, steel mesh, silver and linen warp thread.
It was lovely to meet the artist and see her work, if you get the chance the exhibition runs until 16th September.
One of the textile groups I belong to is LINQS (Lincolnshire Quilters) and each year we respond to a challenge to make an art quilt based on the life or works of a particular person. Our latest challenge was inspired by Sir Isaac Newton and the work will be on display over the coming bank holiday weekend at Waltham Windmill. The exhibition is free and we will be having a sales table and demonstration area. There will be lots of other things going on at the working Mill with shops, cafes, picnic area, miniature train rides and a model engineers marquee, etc so a great venue for a family day out!
The exhibition is open from 10am – 4 pm on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Here are just a few examples of what we have on show…..
Gravitree by Jean Proud
Inspired by the life and work of Sir Isaac Newton by Karen Lane
The Mind of a Genius by Mary Jackson
Woolsthorpe Manor by Pat Cave
LINQS (Lincolnshire Quilters) will be exhibiting their latest body of work, 22 art quilts inspired by Sir Isaac Newton, at the end of this month. Our first venue will be the beautiful Alford Manor House. Built in 1611 it is thought to be the largest thatched manor house in the country.
I’ve finally finished my Newton quilt. It’s 30″ x 40″ and the design is based on the fact that Newton spent a lot of his time studying and practising alchemy. It consists of appliqué commercial fabric, Tyvek and painted vilene applied to a background of tea stained cotton fabric. Other materials used include oil pastels, Inktense, permanent marker pen and metallic foil.
Inspired by the life and works of Sir Isaac Newton
These are just a few of the other fantastic quilts that will be on show……
Gravitree by Jean Proud (30″ x 40″)
The Mind of a Genius by Mary Jackson (30″ x 40″)
Snapshots of Isaac by Joan Plummer (30cm x 40cm)
This next quilt Is called “Wordsearch” and there are thirty words to find, all relating to life of Isaac Newton. An ingenious way of stopping visitors in their tracks and making them really scrutinise your work!
I can’t believe it’s been a month since we started the felting group in Belchford. Where does the time go…..
Once again we had eight ladies gathered for a felting session. Val and Karen couldn’t make it this month but we welcomed two new faces, Ann and Sheila. Sheila brought her current project to work on which is a very handsome needle felted owl…..
Sheila and her owl.
Adding feather detail on the back.
Ann began working on a needle felted landscape and I’m loving the colour scheme…..
Rosie was busy with her beautiful new wool making more vegetables (we’re starting to suspect an obsession here!)…..
Looking good enough to eat!
Olga was working on her sketchbook ideas for new projects…..
Olga working on ideas in her sketchbook.
Pat was busy with embellisher…..
Pat busy on the embellisher
Janet made a wet felted bowl and then did some more work on the lovely picture she started last session….
I started another Merino collar which will get finished at home…
Fibres laid out ready for felting.
All in all another enjoyable day in Belchford.
On Saturday I drove down to Leicester with my friend Rosemary to spent the day at The Big Textile Show. There were lots of interesting displays from various local textile groups and from individuals. As usual the trade stands were well worth a visit and we managed to stock up on various things we needed including acid dyes from Adelaide Walker, Lutradur and all sorts of other goodies from Artvango and felting equipment from Alison Linnell. The bargain of the day had to be the hat block I bought from Alison. I’ve just signed up to do an online wet felted hat workshop with Teri Berry so this will come in very useful!
There was a lot to inspire and to enjoy, these are just a few of the displays that particularly caught my eye……
The most outstanding piece, for me, was created by the Lutterworth Embroiderers. It was based on a photograph by David Hunter called Earth on Fire. With the photographers permission the image was enlarged and cut into 45 postcard sized pieces and distributed to the members. No one was shown the original image so had no idea of what it was they were working on until all the pieces came together at the end of the project. Now that is one project I would have loved to have been a part of! If you only click on one link in this post I suggest it’s the Lutterworth Embroiderers as their work is well worth seeing.
Earth on Fire by David Hunter
The completed piece by the Lutterworth Embroiderers
Other work we enjoyed…….
Gardens at Dene Park…..a ‘Star Book’ by Gill Green
Another local group I particularly like the work of is Jeudis. Unfortunately I didn’t make a note of the artists name who made this bark but it was beautifully done.
‘Bark’. A mixed media piece by a member of Jeudis.
A contemporary quilt by a member of Weedon Bec Creative Textile Group
Green Man…..needled and wet felted wall plaque by Sue Walsh.
Beautiful Felted Gifts by Alison Linnell
Last but not least we met Wendy and Simon from Random Makes
who were parked up outside. Their wonderful vehicle and innovative products were creating a lot of interest throughout the day.
Random Makes bespoke handmade furnishings and accessories from vintage and modern textiles.
Today was the first meeting of a new felting group, Felt Inspired, which will meet in Belchford Village Hall on the second Wednesday of every month from 10-4pm.
Eight ladies attended our first meeting. Olga, Pat, Karen and Jenny brought their embellishing machines to work on.
Rosie concentrated on needle felting…..
……while Val, Janet and myself chose to wet felt.
It was an enjoyable day with good company and the time went far too fast!
Taking a break from all that hard work!
If you are in the North Lincs area and would like to join us or want to know a bit more about the group you can get in touch via my contact page.
This morning I visited “Faraway Places”, an exhibition celebrating the work of the Waltham Textile Group, led by Jacky Hopkin. The venue, adjacent to Waltham Windmill, makes it an ideal spot for families to visit with cafes, picnic area, miniature railway, etc.
There was a very varied and interesting selection of work on display featuring a whole range of techniques including hand stitching, free machine stitching, crazy patchwork, applique, burning, fabric painting and machine embellishing to name just a few! The work really was inspiring as you will see from the following selection of quilts…….
Blue Mountain & Horizon by Ann Kitching
Holiday Dreams by Ann Kitching
Snowdrops by Margaret Beadham
Desert by Carole Parkinson
Gecko by Carole Parkinson
The Water Carriers of India by Jacky Hopkin
Heavenly Sky by Kath Greenfield
India by Venessa Drewery
This weekend the two Cranwell groups, Crafty Ladies & Cranwell Contemporary Textiles, held their first ever quilt show. I’ve been a member for just over a year and during that time have seen many wonderful pieces of work produced by the members but to actually see all of this work, and more, displayed together was amazing!
The show was split between two venues with the contemporary work by the CCTG in Cranwell village hall and the traditional quilts by Crafty Ladies on quilt stands and draped over the pews in the beautiful village church. The following photos show a selection of the quilts on display in the hall.
The next four photos are quilts made in response to our themed quarterly “challenges”.
Challenge Quilts….what Winter means to me
Challenge Quilts…..Flora & Fauna
Challenge Quilts….shape & colour
Challenge Quilts…..(left) Summer garden, (right) Poetry
Dedicated to St Andrew, Cranwell church originates circa the 10th century and it made a wonderful venue for the more traditional quilts…….