Wonderful exhibition

liberated quiltThrough Our Hands is a group of 26 textile artists and their current exhibition, The Liberated Quilt,  opened last weekend. I was fortunate enough to be able to get to Bilston, near Wolverhampton, last Thursday and enjoy an inspiring collection of textile art. (The picture  of the gallery above is from Linda Kemshall’s newsletter.)

Several of my favourite artists had work there – Deirdre Adams, Eszter Bornemisza, Dijanne Cevaal, Annabel Rainbow, the Kemshalls – and I found inspiring works  from new-to-me artists such as Linda Barlow,Linda Colsh and Olga Prins Lukowski.

EPSON MFP imageIn many of the pieces the intensity and life of the colour was very striking.  The orange in Dijanne Cevaal’s piece, Banksia Variation 1, seemed to glow from within and was made to dance even more by the contrast with the sparkling ‘night sky’ and the dark, graphic stitching. Possibly my favourite in the show, but there were so many intriguing and engaging pieces, many with a serious and intense messages underlying them.

The gallery space is lovely and made the most of the exhibits; it was not crowded either so I had the luxury of being able to see these works from a distance as well as up close.

There is a free, illustrated guide in which each artist has writen in their own way about their approach to their art – fascinating.

Do go if you can, it’s on until 25th July!

Inspirational and practical book

stitched-textile-flowersI have been dipping into Bobby Britnell’s  Stitched Textiles: Flowers as bedtime reading this week.  I’ve had it for quite a while but only just started careful browsing.

bobby britnell 1It’s visually delicious, a real treat, but more than that, it is full of clearly explained techniques for adding colour, pattern and texture to fabric. All of these have accompanying photos of the processes and beautiful examples of how she uses them in her work.

There are also five projects with clear instructions, very tempting but I will stick to finishing my coursework before indulging myself!

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