Sunday 23 November 2014

K&S Show Harrogate 2014 - The Textile Galleries

Prism - Julieanne Long - The dying flower provides the seed

The work on show in the textile galleries at the Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate is magnificent and varied.  Here are some of my picks from some of the galleries ...

Prism - Coded: Decoded
Reflecting "the many ways textile practice secretes coded and hidden meanings and concepts" - Exhibition Catalogue

Consuelo Simpson - Boundaries & Hedgerows I & II
Jackie Langfeld - Anonymous
Jackie Langfeld - Dis Functional Series II
Celia Stanley - Stuffed Shirt 3
Celia Stanley - Constrained
Diana Barrett - Missing

zero3 - Signature
Each artist presents their own style ...

Lesley Morgan - How Many Mountains
Cindy Kearney - Textile Moon

Ann Small & Sue Walton - Walk on the Wild Side
This was "a collaboration, evoking and recapturing deep seated memories and emotions, inspired by tales and stories from their past - magical, curious and slightly scary" - Exhibition catalogue.  I think that about sums it up perfectly!
Ann Small
Ann Small
Ann Small

Sue Walton
Sue Walton

Jo Beattie - Precious Moments
Based on memories of people we love and how they are associated with what they wear - memories of patterns and colours becoming inseparable from the image of the person defining them in a time, place and culture.  This work also uses shadow on a plain background some distance away to enhance the idea of memory.

Jo Beattie

Mary Flynn - The Shore Archive
Made from fabric salvaged from the shore, a number of large sea banners are displayed along with a display of many colourful plastic objects that have been sorted by type.  The exhibition addresses the relationship between people and the environment and highlights the impact of plastics on marine life, the human food chain and fertility.

Mary Flynn
Mary Flynn
Caren Garfen - She was Cooking Something Up
Caren's humorous and thought provoking pieces relate to women's issues such as domesticity, work/life balance and dieting.  This is a kitchen installation where the "lady of the house becomes totally preoccupied with food, and is locked in a world where she obsesses about what she can or cannot consume".  We are made to question our approach to food and the media's role in publicising celebrities dieting success stories and also their failures.
Caren Garfen
Caren Garfen

This next piece highlights the imbalance between the male/female international heads of government in the 21st century. Countries with pink borders are lead by women and blue borders by men.

Caren Garfen - It's a Man's World

No photos were permitted at Lindsay Taylor's Endangered Species exhibition which was fantastic but her work has been featured in Embroidery Sept/Oct 2014 issue if you want to track down a copy (excellent magazine by the way!) Also no photos at Out of the Fold - The Journey Unfolds but loved the Patched Festival Poncho by Marion Baker (which she tells me she will be wearing!), Priscilla by Helen Marchant & Jo's Journey by Lynette Domoney.

This was by no means all there was to see just my top picks!

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