A Diversity of Threads [17 June – 15 July]

A Diversity of Threads
 – a new exhibition celebrating the art of textiles and stitchcraft

Saturday 17 June to Saturday 15 July
Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm

This summer the Florence Arts Centre gallery will come alive with a diversity of threads, showing and celebrating textiles and needlework from six artists. The pieces cover multiple strands all gathered under the heading of A Diversity of Threads – stitching, knitting, crochet, spinning – with practical pieces, homewares and accessories alongside artworks and sculptures.

To accompany the exhibition we’ll be hosting a series of workshops and demonstrations from the artists. Keep an eye on this page for updates, or join our free e-mailing list for announcements (email address submission form at the foot of this page).

The artists taking part are Sue Cosham, Jan Cottam, Susan Denham-Smith, Maureen Hogg, Jenni Payne, and Emma Wigginton.

Jan Cottam: Red Thread

I tried out Egremont Red pigment for a City & Guilds Embroidery course project.  What fabric could I use? How would I apply it? How would I fix it? And so on… Then, because I’m a bit stuck on ‘function’ what could I DO with it? My contribution to this exhibition illustrates that journey.

Susan Denham-Smith: Herdwick – not just One Direction!

Susan is a spinner, weaver, and dyer exploring the diverse possibilities of creating textiles using wool from the Ennerdale valley, in particular Herdwick.  Traditionally Herdwick has been used for rugs and carpeting and latterly insulation.  Susan is pushing the boundaries, testing the limits of how Herdwick can be blended with luxury fibres such as silk, alpaca and mohair to make unique tweeds, lace and other fabrics.

Ruth Moore: Needle Felting

I’ve always had an interest in art and have dabbled in many crafts before finally settling on needle felting about 3 years ago. I am self taught, and work mainly in 2D.  I love using Herdwick fleece wherever I can, their charismatic characters come to life when working with their own fleece. I have my own little business, Felted and Fleece, and sell some of my work locally.

Jenni Payne: THRUMS – recycled textile art

Jenni uses weavers’ wool trimmings to create rugs and cushions using a range of traditional rag-rug work techniques. She also transforms recycled fabrics and materials into useful items which are both decorative and fun. She has always enjoyed making things by hand and is inspired by the ethics of sustainability.

Dianne Standen:

Working with natural ,sustainable or recycled materials I play with Textiles to produce innovative sculptural and textured designs. I draw inspiration for these from the diverse landscapes of Cumbria. My contemporary work can be seen on the Rydal Hall Sculpture Path or at my gallery in the Old Rescue Station, Brigham.

Emma Wigginton: Objects of Use

I love to stitch! I upcycle pre-loved fabrics to make new surfaces for stitching, creating complex textures or simple lines and imagery. My textile art consists of wall art, books, brooches, bowls etc. I share my passion through ‘Stitch and Create’ machine embroidery workshops. Website: emmawigginton.co.uk

During June, in our Café Gallery we will also be showing work created by members of our Knit ‘n’ Natter group – we meet up every Saturday from 1pm to 3pm and everyone’s welcome.