VISITING WILD – A TEXTILE EXHIBITION

A couple of months ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the travelling exhibition ‘WILD’ by the Art Textiles: Made in Britain group. It was on show over the Easter period at the rather wonderful Bramble Patch quilting haven in Weedon, Northamptonshire. I defy you to visit there and leave without buying something or visiting the cafe – we had coffee and cake after viewing the exhibition and I left with some fabric and thread, as you do!

The Art Textiles: Made in Britain group consists of some of the top names in British textile art and aims to promote British textiles both here and abroad. A new themed exhibition is held every two years, and the WILD exhibit debuted at the Festival of Quilts in 2018.

I really enjoyed looking at all the colour, texture, stitchery and techniques on display and thought I’d share a selection of the pieces that stood out for me with you. I hope you enjoy them!

I loved the delicate, natural fragility Edwina Mackinnon’s work puts across.

I love the three-dimensionality of Cas Holmes’ seed head, and the way the tree installation pieces moved subtly with the slightest movement of air.

The colour, shape, texture and movement in Hilary Beattie’s botanical pieces sang out from the white walls of the exhibition space.

Sylvia Paul’s work had a big impact on me, so much so that I could have stood and looked at it for ages!  I loved the attention to detail on the animal A to Z, and the colour and texture created in the zebra study.

I loved the format and texture of this piece by Elizabeth Brimelow, representing walks around ‘White Nancy’ on the Cheshire plain.

I was fascinated by Stephanie Redfern’s ‘Nest’, made from wires, printed Khadi paper, milk bottle plastic, beads and thread.

Sandra Meech’s ‘Marking Time – Wylye Valley’ was so vibrant, colourful and textural.

If you’d like to know more about this exhibit or the group, you can visit their website at http://www.arttextilesmadeinbritain.co.uk