Art Textiles Made in Britain – ‘Found Exhibition’

A little textile inspiration from the Arnold’s Attic YouTube Collection. Today it features the ‘Found’ Exhibition by textile art group, Art Textiles Made in Britain.

Each beautiful artwork has been created using an element of discarded, reused or repurposed material. In this video Cas Holmes and fellow artists, guide us through the stunning pieces in the ‘Found Exhibition’ and share the stories behind the work.

This inspiring textile gallery shows us what is possible and what we can create within our own homes using what we all have to hand.

Filmed at The Festival of Quilts 2021.

Art Textiles Made in Britain - circles of cut out beer cans crocheted together with white thread - called Keep the Homeless Warm
Art Textiles Made in Britain – ‘Keep the Homeless Warm’ by Bethan Ash
Machine embroidered kettle on a red cloth by Cas Holmes
Artwork by Cas Holmes

This piece features in Embroidering the Everyday Book by Cas Holmes.

Artwork by Sylvia Paul - handmad quilt featuring images of theings found in an imaginery attic - a skull, Mona Lisa, spiders
Art Textiles Made in Britain – Artwork by Sylvia Paul

​Art Textiles: Made in Britain comprises of Bethan Ash, Louise Baldwin, Jessica Grady, Cas Holmes, Rosie James, Edwina Mackinnon, Sandra Meech, Sylvia Paul, Stephanie Redfern, Christine Restall, and Sarah Waters, some of the leading textile artists working in Britain today. Our aim is to promote British art textiles and to ensure their future; to introduce them to new audiences and to continually stretch the boundaries with new, vibrant work, both as individuals and as a group.

Art Textiles

‘Found’ is currently on exhibition at Queen Street Gallery, Neath.

Watch this space! – join the mailing list and be first to see some wonderful artist interviews.

Knitting & Stitching Show 2021

Knitting & Stitching Show 2021

It’s finally here! The return of Knitting & Stitching Show 2021. I’ve filmed a quick preview of the event for you. Stay tuned and Subscribe to catch up with all the latest events from the Show.

I’m attending, press pass in hand, filming all the events and interviewing as many artists as I can fit into the four days. A brilliant show – as you can see from the amazing textile art shared in the video below.

Image featured: by Aran Illingworth, Self Portrait Competition.

A lot has changed since my last visit to the Show in 2019.

Bankley 2021 Opening Night

Exhibition preview evenings are full of artists, hustle and bustle and lots of wine. The Bankley 2021 Opening Night was no different, only this time I was was one of the nervous artists sharing my work. The venue has three floors of artist studios and has a wonderful creative energy – a perfect place to host the exhibition.

Bankley 2021 Opening Night - The outside of the Bankley Studios - a former industrial mill in the centre of Manchester
The outside of the Bankley Studios – a former industrial mill in the centre of Manchester

So this was a very nervous me at the Bankley Open Exhibition preview event .

Bankley 2021 Opening Night - me standing next to my red hand embroidered artwork
Me standing next to my artwork
list of artists displayed on a wall inside the gallery space
Exhibiting artists

The standard of work was very high. I looked around the gallery and realised I was the only textile art in the exhibition!

hand embroidered textile art featuring writing about my childhood in the 1970's
Sound of the Kenwood Chef
Bankley 2021 Opening Night  - people in the gallery space pausing to read The Sound of the Kenwood Chef
People paused and read the piece

A few days after the Bankley 2021 Opening Night a brilliant online review appeared in The Northern Quota, written by Eddie Toomer-McAlpine. You can read the full article below.

review of the exhibition
Quote: Northern Quota review of the exhibition

The exhibition is on throughout October. Please check the gallery for opening times. Bankley Studios & Gallery, Bankley Street, Levenshulme, Manchester M19 3PP.

Thank you fellow members of the Society for Embroidered Work and the Embroiderers’ Guild for giving me the confidence to enter!