Colour Exhibition – Swiss Fibre Art

I’m pleased to announce that Worker Bees and Sound of the Mill #1 & #2 are part of the Colour Exhibition curated by Swiss Fibre Art. The textile exhibition takes place at Galerie Kalina, Am Plat71 1, D-94209 Regen, Germany 2nd-30th July 2022.

Given that ‘Black, Grey & Yellow’ is the exhibition’s colour theme, the first thing that popped into my head was a Manchester worker bee, and because I wanted a slightly industrial and aged look to the work, I chose to stitch into eco printed cloth.

Colour Exhibition - Worker Bees -hand embroidered in vintage threads in yellow and slate grey
Colour Exhibition: Worker Bees – hand embroidered in vintage threads in yellow and slate grey.

I usually stitch in red thread, so this was a challenge for me. I liked the result so much that I created two companion pieces called Sound of the Mill #1 & #2. Each piece features Lancashire dialect poetry from ‘The Cotton Mill’ poem first published in The Bolton Chronicle in 1864.

Colour Exhibition: Sound of the Mill #1
Sound of the Mill #1
Sound of the Mill #2
Sound of the Mill #2

Following this exhibition, the artworks are travelling to a gallery in Switzerland.

Lydia Needle – Meet the Artist

A little textile inspiration from my YouTube ‘Meet the Artist’ Collection. Today it features the work of artist Lydia Needle.

Lydia Needle is an eco artist living and working in Somerset, England. In 2016 Lydia started a project focussing on British pollinators, especially bees – named ‘FIFTY BEES: The Interconnectedness of All Things’ – a collaborative art project about Britains 275 bees. Each year Lydia makes 50 bees from wool, stitch and vintage containers and invites fifty collaborative artists to make work in response to the ecology of one bee. 

Catch up with Lydia and her stunning artwork at ACEarts. Market Place, Somerton, Somerset.

Lydia Needle’s Artwork:

Handmade needle felted bee
Handmade needle felted bee
Handmade needle felted bee by Lydia Needle
Handmade needle felted bee by Lydia Needle
Part of Fifty Bees
Part of Fifty Bees
Part of Fifty Bees
Part of Fifty Bees

Lydia is available for Workshops & Talks.

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Win It 2022

I’m pleased to announce that The Giant Cauliflower Harvest will be on exhibition at Win It 2022. The mixed-media exhibition takes place at Aire Place Studios, Unit 2C, Aire Place Mills, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS3 1JL, Monday 1-24th June 2022.

The full line up can be viewed here – don’t forget to vote for your favourite on Instagram

win it 2022 - Giant Cauliflower Harvest
Giant Cauliflower Harvest

Aire Place Studios presents Win It! 2022, our very first art prize exhibition. Showing, sharing, and celebrating talent, this exciting visual arts competition offers winning artists valuable prizes to aid their future practice.  Launching on Friday 10th June, this premier edition of Win It! features the works of 40 talented artists. Join us at Aire Place Studio’s Gallery from 6-9pm to mark the breadth of creative genius and congratulate the winner of the £750 Win It! award, as chosen by our judging panel.

Following the big reveal, voting commences for the 2022 People’s Choice Award. We need you to help us decide the deserving winner by telling us your favourite on our Instagram, with the winner of an additional £250 prize announced at the closing of the show.

Our Prizes:

Aire Place Studios Prize: £750 cash prize.

The People’s Choice Award (selected by a public vote): £250 cash prize

Our Prize Exhibition judging panel have the tricky task of naming two worthy artists to receive the top prizes. The panel consists of four passionate industry experts: Sarah Francis, Founder and Curator of Aire Place Studios, Joss Cole, Gallery Owner of Coles Gallery, Hannah Merril, Artist & Tutor and Lucy Fiona Morrison, Artist & Curator. Together they have toiled to debate the winners; “I’m really happy with our final selection and hope that it will have a positive impact for all of the artists involved”, Judge Sarah Francis.

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