Sunday 16 December 2018

Harrogate Knitting & Stitching Show 2018 - Part 1

Grass Lake (cropped) - Denise Oyama Miller - SAQA

The highlight of the textile calender, for me at least, is the Knitting & Stitching Show.  Whilst it travels to 3 venues, I go to Harrogate. London & Dublin are the alternatives.  It is full of amazing exhibitions, talented artists showcasing their working methods, a plethora of supplies and workshops where you can have a go at making something yourself.  Here are some pics of the work on show...
Electric Fields (cropped) - Elizabeth Barton - SAQA

The SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) exhibition, entitled Concrete & Grassland explored natural landscape & the constructed environment shown either separately or together.

The Cork Textiles Network had a Tales exhibition with works made in response to a chosen book...

Book of Phrases, Phrases to Live By - Rose Mary Cullen inspired by Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott

disleksia - Christina Jasmin Roser inspired by the English Dictionary

All The Lights We Cannot See - Clodagh Caulfield - inspired by All The Lights We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

In the Folk Tales exhibition by Anne Kelly we see her work combining the natural world and folk art.  Her collaborative piece "Travel Tags - Moving Memories which looks at travel and migration was also on show.

Small Suitcase 2 - Anne Kelly

Self  Portrait - Anne Kelly

Travel Tags - Collaborative Piece - Anne Kelly

In the Studio 21 - Colour Notes exhibition, the artists explore their use of colour in different ways...

Wedding Collar - Ross Belton

Protection - Jill Flower

Music of the Hills - Marion Glover

A Cumbrian Spectrum - Anne Froggatt

Cas Holmes' Tea Flora Tales, supported by the Embroiderers' Guild, is an ongoing collaboration with artists and makers to explore our relationship to the landscape and the work of Plantlife, a British conservation charity working nationally and internationally to save threatened wild flowers, plants and fungi. You could prune a bit of the display to take home for a donation to Plantlife.

Tea Flora Tales - Cas Holmes

Cas Holmes' Textile Landscape exhibition connecting people, landscape and place was also on display...

Blue Thistle (top L), Medway Gap (top R), North Kent Marshes (bottom R), View from Mallety (bottom L)- Cas Holmes
Llandiloes - Cas Holmes

The theme for the Embroiderers' Guild Members' Challenge competition 2017/18 was "Underfoot".  Here are some fab examples...

Carol Sutherland, Su Allington, Liz Smith

Elise Stewart, Janet Payne, Carrie Archer

In the Graduate Showcase I loved the work of Libby Vale and the work of Embroiderers' Guild Scholars Melanie Kay & Jessica Grady...
Be Everything - Libby Vale

Ironing Bored & Harm Chair - Libby Vale

Wash it Away - Melanie Kay
Gone With The Wind & Remember When - Melanie Kay
Melanie Kay

Jessica Grady
Jessica Grady

More to come later in Part 2...


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