Textile Study Group – INSIGHTS Exhibition

A little textile inspiration from the Arnold’s Attic YouTube Collection. Today it features the INSIGHTS Exhibition created by members of The Textile Study Group.

In this videoMandy Pattullo, Alice Fox and fellow artists, guide us through the contemporary embroidered art in the INSIGHTS Exhibition and share the stories behind the work.

The Exhibition includes work by Lois Blackburn, Bobby Britnell, Jenny Bullen, Sarah Burgess, Penny Burnfield, Rosemary Campbell, Jean Draper, Janet Edmonds, Jan Evans, Alice Fox, Kay Greenlees, Gwen Hedley, Ruth Issett, Alison King, Sian Martin, Jan Miller, Sheila Mortlock, Amarjeet Nandhra, Mandy Pattullo, Shelley Rhodes, Mary Sleigh, Julia Triston, Dorothy Tucker, Ann Wheeler.

Filmed at The Festival of Quilts 2021.

Textile Study Group - hand woven forms by Alice Fox
Hand woven forms by Alice Fox
Textile Study Group - hand stitched vintage quilts by Mandy Pattullo
Artwork by Mandy Pattullo

The Textile Study Group was originally established in 1973 to promote a high standard of design in stitched textiles & the teaching of embroidery – members’ work is varied in the themes addressed & techniques employed – hand stitch, machine stitch, quilting, constructed textiles, pieced textiles, lace-making, mixed-media, sketchbooks & drawing, print, dye, in both two and three dimensions.

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

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.

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Embroidering the Everyday

Embroidering the Everyday book cover - wording

The secrets out! I’m so happy to share my big news with you! “Take Time to Smell the Roses” has been selected to appear in Embroidering the Everyday: Found, Stitch and Paint Book.

Embroidering the Everyday Book - shows a layered cloth backgroud in red and a machine embroidered kettle
Embroidering the Everyday Book

In March 2020 at the the start of the first UK Lockdown, I received a message from by Cas Holmes. She was in the planning stage for a new book and wondered if I’d be willing to have a piece of my art published in it. The chapter she had in mind was about words and memories and how they are captured in cloth. I was delighted to be asked and I’m beyond words to see my work in print.

Take Time to Smell the Roses appears in the book
Take Time to Smell the Roses
Take Time to Smell the Roses

The book looks amazing. I’ve copies of each of Cas’s previous books and I’ll be be adding this one to the stash too.

Books by Cas Holmes: Stitch Stories – Personal places, spaces and traces in textile art; Textile Landscape: Painting with Cloth in Mixed Media; The Found Object in Textile Art: Recycling and re-purposing natural, printed and vintage objects; Connected Cloth: Creating Collaborative Textile Projects.

You can secure your own copy by ordering it here.