For some such needed January inspiration, I had to share my personal highlights from The Knitting and Stitching show….Well the bits I got to see when I wasn’t chained to my classroom and my lovely students!
So….. here goes…….
Having attended the show at Harrogate for more years than I can count on two hands, I’ve seen it chop, change and grow. One attraction is the ever developing talent which can be observed in its young and more mature states, especially within the gallery sections.
A gallery display of EG members work, under the title Page 17 where members took inspiration from their favourite books and converted in into textile artistry:
I enjoyed seeing famous artists work, partnering the general EG member. This gave an all inclusive feel….
This was no traditional bookish exhibition, take a look at this monkey!!!
The marriage of the traditional embedded skill found within the RSN with the fresh student work, made for a progressive display.
On a darker note, Grown-Up Fairy-Tales from Barbara Fuereder was an active talking point……
I loved the mix of textile fibre materials, set in a painterly style. Apparently she began her artistic life as a painter, thus this style makes sense.
This exhibition by Jo Beattie was so reminiscent of childhood and the objects we held dear, such as our favourite teddy. She really captured the bears faces…..
Finally, I fell in love with this man (or men) (unless I am already taken by the EG stand monkey, as seen earlier!). He’s one of Ann Small’s cloth sculptures: