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 our workshops page, or join our free e-mailing list for announcements. Already confirmed and now booking:
Spinning Demonstration with Susan Denham-Smith
Saturday 17 June, 12noon to 2pm
Clootie Rings Workshop with Jenni Payne
Sunday 18 June, 1.30pm to 3.30pm
An Introduction to Needle Felting with Ruth Moore
Saturday 24 June, 1pm to 3pm
Handmade Shawl Pins demonstration with Jan Cottam
Sunday 2 July, 1pm to 3pm
Stitching Workshop with Jan Cottam
Wednesday 5 July, 1pm to 3pm
Creative Appliqué with Emma Wigginton
Saturday 8 July, 10am to 1pm
Saturday 8 July, 1pm to 4pm
The artists taking part are Sue Cosham, Jan Cottam, Susan Denham-Smith, Maureen Hogg, Ruth Moore, Jenni Payne, Dianne Standen and Emma Wigginton.
About the artists:
Sue uses a variety of recycled fabrics to build up layers, producing colour and texture in her pictures. Beads,ribbons and other trimmings are added for greater detail and depth. Most of her work is inspired by Cumbrian landscapes and natural forms but others are based on by more abstract themes.
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.
Maureen is an artist who lives by the sea which inspires all her work. Walking on the beach provides interesting finds of sea-washed glass and stones which are often used in her seascapes. Working with naturally dyed silk caps, ribbons, threads and using felting techniques and beadwork helps her to capture the movement of water.
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.
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
Emma has taken rusty discarded objects and given them a new life, either restored to glory with fabrics and embroidery in vibrant colours, or as an inspiration for a piece of stitched textile art. Her aim was to inspire us to consider the value of the things we use.
Using mainly pre-loved fabrics and free machine embroidery, aided and abetted by her sewing machine and her needlefelting machine, Emma creates a range of textile art. She shares her passion for textiles in her ‘Stitch and Create’ workshops.