Witch And Stitchby Niamh McCooey
As children across the world get dolled up in their spookiest outfits for All Hallows' Eve, we get into the festive spirit by looking forward to The Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate, opening on 23 November. As part of the annual exhibition, the organisers behind the event have selected 18 textile galleries to showcase their finest artists at the event next month. In the mix is Hilary Hollingworth, whose woven works take us back in time to the Lancashire witch trials of the 17th century…
Aiming to tell the witches’ stories through stitch, Hollingworth has created a new body of work titled The Stones Cry Out, taken from the lips of the judge who presided over the women’s trials. Depicting the misty landscape of Pendle and Lancashire in the UK, Hollingworth’s abstract textiles pay homage to these women who were persecuted for witchcraft, using mountainous contours and an earthy palette to connect with this historic countryside.
Many of the women accused were often done so on the grounds that they owned or tried to obtain metal pins, which were at the time considered necessary for conducting black magic. The metallic shine of Hollingworth’s new pieces speak to this dark superstition, and play with the allure of iridescence through stitch.
You can see Hollingworth’s new body of work along with a host of other textiles at The Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate next month. To receive your Halloween treat simply use the code SVG17 at the checkout for a special discounted ticket*. Happy Halloween!
The Knitting & Stitching Show, Harrogate
23-26 November, Thurs 10-7, Fri-Sat 10-5.30, Sun 10-5
Harrogate International Centre, Kings Road, Harrogate, HG1 5LA