These photographs are of work by textile artists selected by the branch members:
|Jan Beaney: Skala Eressos: A Celebration|
|Jan Beaney: Detail|
|Janet Edmonds: Excursions in my mind and Circles in my mind|
|Janet Edmonds: Detail|
|Sandra Meech: Polar Meltdown|
This piece was made by a member of the Milton Keynes branch and unfortunately I did not make a note of the artist. I really liked the 3D dandelion which my photograph doesn't do justice to.
These were some of the pieces selected by Jamie Chalmers:
|Bridgeen Gillespie: Rock n Roll Outlaws|
|Bridgeen Gillespie - Detail|
Some of the work selected by Mr X Stitch was at the Knitting & Stitch Show last year but at this exhibition you could get closer to the work and have an uninterrupted view. There were 3 pieces in this selection which included images of guns and knives and regardless of the skill in the pieces I just couldn't enjoy them. And although I didn't photograph them, I have remembered them and even written about them (here). Maybe that's their aim to challenge our view of 'acceptable' themes for textiles?
These pieces were from the EG's Collection:
|Elizabeth Grace Thompson: My Mother|
|Richard Box: Geraniums|
|Richard Box: Detail|
|Beryl Dean: Firebird|
|Beryl Dean: Detail|
There were three pieces that have stuck in mind and filled me with particular admiration for the artists. Richard Box and Jan Beaney use so many different colours and textures and they all work so well together. When they are working on the piece how to they know where to place all the colours so that they contribute to the design and read as a whole from a distance? Some time ago I bought a small kit from Richard Box so that I could try his technique under his (written) instruction but I have never started it. Maybe this will be the encouragement I need? Having tried a little goldwork on my City & Guilds course and I in awe of how Beryl Dean has created such a detailed and beautiful piece as the one above. This is one technique I won't be trying - I know when I am beat!
I would like to congratulate the organisers of the exhibition. Including work from well known textile artists and pieces from the Guild's Collection is an excellent way to attract more people and to show branch member's work to a wider audience.