Art Textiles: Made in Britain will be exhibiting their latest show Illuminate at The Knitting & Stitching Show 2023 at Alexandra Palace, London from 5 – 8 October 2023 and Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate from 16 – 19 November 2023. Member artists are Bethan Ash, Louise Baldwin, Jessica Grady, Cas Holmes, Rosie James, Edwina Mackinnon, Sandra Meech, Sylvia Paul, Stephanie Redfern, Christine Restall and Sarah Waters.
Art Textiles: Made in Britain, we’re delighted to have you with us at The Knitting & Stitching Show, showcasing the best of the UK’s leading textile artists from within the collective. What can visitors expect to see this year from your exhibition, Illuminate?
We celebrate our diversity of approach as textile artists and the work for our fifth collaboration, Illuminate, will reflect this. Reflect...equally, as in a mirror, how we each have responded to the theme to celebrate the unique approach of each individual in the group. So, expect to see transformed high vis workers’ jackets to hints of fireflies and magical creatures on Japanese kimono inspired work. The sparks and patterns of outer planetary influences to those of the inner world of the brain. We aim to have a good range of interpretations of the theme as everyone approaches the challenge differently.
Your aim is to promote British art textiles and to ensure their future by introducing them to new audiences. How do you navigate the balance between preserving historical textile traditions and stretching the boundaries of contemporary artistic expression?
All of our approaches have a foundation that is deeply rooted in historical tradition which is harnessed, subverted and transformed to connect making with meaning to communicate our ideas and thoughts anew. Look hard enough and you will identify hundreds of techniques and processes employing a range of materials. Felting, quilting, works in paper, weaving, found materials, embroidery, dye, paint, the list goes on. Within our group we encompass a wide variety of knowledge, skills and reference to traditional textile techniques. We are artists and individuals who work with and within these techniques and valuable traditions to support our own creative personalities whilst each building a lifelong body of work.
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