Textiles and Botany at the SLBI

This summer’s first Advanced Textile Workshop exhibition is open at the South London Botanical Institute this weekend. The show is made up of works inspired by two of the Institute’s projects ‘Botany on your Plate’ and ‘Plant Recording for All Ages’, and is interspersed throughout the ground floor and gardens. Each artist has responded in uniquely different…

The Archive Project @ The Cello Factory

On Friday, Ross and I headed down to visit The Archive Project at The Cello Factory, in Waterloo. Though the show has now finished, I felt that the work and thinking behind the show was really worth sharing. Conceived in 2016, ‘The Archive Project’ was set up by Poppy Szaybo, Mary Morris, Debbie Lyddon and Denise Jones…

Another View – Prism at the RBSA

This year, for the first time, the international textile exhibiting group PRISM are presenting their annual show in two locations, Birmingham and London. The first part is currently on show at the prestigious RBSA Gallery, and the second part of the exhibition will be showing at the Hoxton Arches in October. ‘Another View’ presents opportunities to explore…

Looking Forward – PRISM at the RBSA

In 2017, PRISM will be showing their new exhibition ‘Another View’ in two venues – at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in the May and again at Hoxton Arches in the October. Although using the same title, a different selection of work will be on show at each venue. This is the first time PRISM have exhibited…

Select Festival 2017

This year, Stroud International Textiles have introduced an open call competition to create ‘original creative head adornment’ as part of the Select Festival. The selected and winning works will be exhibited in a Shop window trail through the town centre. The SitSelect festival is also pleased to feature the launch of DIS/rupt, the Textile Study Group‘s new exhibition project, which…

The Knitting And Stitching Show

The Knitting and Stitching Show is a yearly extravaganza for all things textile related. A mecca for all fibre aficionados, the show tours the country visiting Dublin, Edinburgh, Harrogate and London. A little bit later than I would have liked, I am finally having time to sit down and try and catch up with myself….

Cabinets of Curiosities

The Greeks did it, and so did the Romans – the need to collect is almost as old as human culture itself. The reasons behind this urge can be attributed to many things, but what unites them is a desire to catalogue and examine, to collect and explain. It could be religious relics or magical…

Textile Foundation 2016 Part 2 – The Exhibition

Before the Private View last Wednesday of Morley College‘s Textile Foundation 2016 Exhibition, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to see the show before it opened. For this final exhibition, the students are given free reign to showcase their talents and explore their interests. This year the subjects ranged form the idea of the Palimpsest to the view from…

Textile Foundation 2016 Part 1 – Private View

Last Wednesday was the Private View for Morley College‘s highly successful Textile Foundation course. With slightly fewer students compared to last year’s intake, each artist had a little more space at the Morley Gallery to make their mark. That all changed of course on the evening of the opening, when the gallery was full to…

Textile Alchemy at the WAC Gallery

For once, I’m not going to write very much about this wonderful show, the end of year exhibition of the Advanced Textile Workshop at Morley College. This is because Zoë Burt, the tutor has summed things up so eloquently, and done my job for me. ‘Students have had exciting opportunities to creatively develop their professional textile…

Looking Forward No4 – The Catwalk Show

‘Waterloo Bridge, Grey Weather – a collaborative project. Leaves on the river surface, rust in the water, floating downstream… copper chains halting the drift, ‘eucalyptus’ clasps hold and reflect the natural dying process.’ Program Notes This is not fashion – this is a garment, constructed from natural hand dyed eco-printed silk, held and shaped to…

PRISM Fracture – closing weekend

This weekend is the last chance to see Fracture, PRISM’s 2016 art textiles show at the Hoxton Arches, Cremer Street. The exhibition has been a resounding success with great feedback, as well as a healthy collection of sales, always welcome in a maker’s life. If you can, and you haven’t managed to visit the show…