Monday, 7 May 2012

Interventions Exhibition - 62 Group (part 1)

On Saturday I went to the Interventions exhibition at Platt Hall Gallery of Costume which is part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the 62 Group . The exhibition pieces were based on responses to the collections within the Gallery of Costume. It was nice to see work by some of my favourite textile artists as well the work of artists I'm not familiar with.

I thought you might be interested in seeing some of the work from the exhibition:

Jae Maries had four pieces in the exhibition and below is just one of them. Jae based her work on the contrast of women's working clothes and their leisure clothes, from the mid 19th Century. I really like Jae's work and I chose Jae as one of three textile artists to profile, when I was on my City & Guilds course.

Jae Maries

I also like the fun, cheery style of Rachel Howard. I was excited to see that Rachel is running a sketching course at City lit in July but I am disappointed that I cannot make it. Rachel's worked was inspired by the Victorian picture buttons in the collection and based her buttons on her own family life.

Rachel Howard

Rachel Howard - Close-up of button

Jane McKeating was inspired by the collection of neck ties to produce some lovely printed and stitched ties. It's not a great photograph but I hope you get the idea.

Jane McKeating

Julia Burrowes had two very different pieces of work in the exhibition but both were based on the idea of using pieces of fabric which have a particular significance and importance to you. The idea being that you retain a portion of the fabric in your piece and then you can throw the rest of it away and so creating more space. I like the idea. My friend Helen particularly liked the idea and I think she may have more textiles with sentimental value than I have.  I am keen to encourage Helen into the world of textiles and so if anyone has any ideas where you could get cubes suitable for holding the cloth then please let me know.

Julia Burrowes

Julia Burrowes - Detail

I have found it very useful writing this blog post as it has made me review and look back at the work in more detail and I have noticed things I didn't when I was at the exhibition.

There's still a few more things I would like to show you but I'll leave that for another post.



  1. What a super looking exhibition. I love those buttons.

  2. Great exhibition! Thank you for sharing.

  3. Looks a lovely exhibition, shame Manchester is such a long way from here! But I see the same group are exhibiting at the Knit and Stitch show in Oct so I'll look forward to seeing some of their work then. Thanks for sharing

  4. Some great work! I especially like Jan Maries!
    Gina sent me!

  5. So interesting! Looking forward to seeing your work!

  6. Thank you for your very interesting observations on the exhibition! I have never even visited Manchester, so perhaps I should organise a trip. I love your grid work descibed in the previous post

  7. The exhibition runs to 19th May, so would need to be quick but the 62 Group have another exhibition at the Holden Gallery, Manchester. 6th July - 17th August 2012. Unfortunately, it's not on at the weekend, so I probably won't get to see it. Shame!

  8. Looks like a lovely exhibition. I don't know about 'cubes' but how about stretching them, as you would a bigger piece of work, over something like a scrabble tile, and then mounting them into a frame - or is that not the same thing at all?

  9. That's a great idea! Thank you.


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