Knitting & Stitching Show 2017

The textile galleries are a chance to view the work of established and emerging artists, I love to explore the work and meet the artists to find out about their inspiration and processes. This year there were a few standout pieces that I wanted to share.
Jo Beattie: Precious Memories
Jo Beattie’s work, like my own looks at memory and objects and how we can capture these using stitch.
I loved the shadows produced by her work and the characters she creates, the work was beautifully presented in white frames or as 3D pieces in custom stands or as an installation. My favourite piece was Tumbling Memories, a suitcase suspended from the ceiling with an array of characters tumbling from it.
Jo Beattie Tumbling Memories

Jo Beattie Tumbling Memories

Jo Beattie Tumbling Memories Detail
Jo Beattie Tumbling Memories Detail

Fi Oberon: The Natural World

I have always loved wool felt as a raw material, so I was fascinated by Fi Oberon’s work and the wonderful creatures that she creates.

Inspired by our natural heritage Fi creates fabulous animals from felt and places them in a textile landscape.

The beautiful creatures are featured in Fi’s first book, The Natural World of Needle Felting. The book is divided into four chapters: Uplands, Frozen Plains, Farmyard and Fields and Coast. The creatures Fi exhibited were in their own wonderful landscapes and the book also includes details like how to make your own plants and trees.

My favourite piece from the exhibition was, like some of my own work inspired by the coastline.

Fi Oberon: Coastal Birds
Fi Oberon: Coastal Birds

Studio 21: The Sewing Machine Project

The group shows at The Knitting & Stitching Show are a chance to see how different artists respond to the same theme. Something which I have done on projects like Thackray Uncovered and Weave // Fragments.

The Sewing Machine Project by Studio 21 was a well curated show with a fascinating mix of 2D and 3D pieces on display. I loved the use of colour and how each artist had responded differently to the theme.

Sam makes stitched sculptures, drawings and collages, predominantly by stitching and manipulating mixed media. Inspired by the unexpected diversity, beauty and quirkiness of the World; particularly the colour, movement and incredible shapes found in the sea and the mythical creatures they evoke. Central to her work is the haptic experience of combining materials for their contrast and contradiction. By juxtaposing ordinary materials with traditional processes it is hoped that the viewer is drawn in for a double-take. Research through drawing and reading informs her imagination, enabling her to work organically: constructing as a response to the materials she picks up.

Samantha Harvey LEnigme
Samantha Harvey LEnigme

Amarjeet Nandhra is a practising artist, currently working with print, mixed media and stitch. Trained in Graphic Communication, she has also worked as an Art Director on various independent short films. As a freelance tutor and lecturer, she has taught a range of courses; printmaking, mixed media and textiles, at Diploma level, City & Guilds, in Adult Education, schools and in the community.

Amarjeet Nandhra The Shirt on Your Back
Amarjeet Nandhra The Shirt on Your Back

If you’ve never visited the show before I highly recommend a visit in 2018, the show also takes place in London and Dublin. You can visit the exhibitions and pick up supplies from beads and buttons to vintage fabrics and interfacings.

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