The Knitting & Stitching Show 2016 hit Alexandra Palace in London last week and was jam packed with all manner of stitchy inspiration, information and chances to buy all the things! I spent a frenetic day checking it out and thought I’d give you a whistle stop tour of the things that caught my eye!
Alice Fox travels around and finds objects along the way, from limpet shells to acorns to bits of rusty metal, and then she “fixes” them, making them into charming little trinkets and interesting oddments.
Cos Ahmet is a weaver whose sculptural works explore his thoughts and fears.
Ruth Singer & Bethany Walker had a colourful display of textiled concrete bowls – their Interlace project uses top secret processes to harden the concrete because, let’s face it, you can’t expect the fabric to survive in a kiln!
Textile Graduate Laura Marriott uses her digitized machine embroidery skills to create dimensional forms of her Digital Tribes.
Tucked away in another exhibition I found a piece by Leisa Rich called Mass Hysteria – machine embroidery on plastic providing real movement and energy.
Another tiny find were Meredith Woolnough‘s machine embroidered Natural Forms which were delicate and beautiful to see for real.
If you needed proof that blackwork has huge potential to create depth and shade, Susan Black’s portrait of Samuel Beckett on the Royal School of Needlework stand settles the argument.
And last, but not least, Anthea Walsh combined taxidermy and hand embroidery to create beautiful pieces that provoked all manner of emotions.