Textile Genius seen at the Knitting and Stitching Show
Last week I highlighted my favourite stores and some of the people I met at ‘The Knitting and Stitching Show’ Today I would like to share with you some of the awe inspiring textile artists and their work.
There were so many beautiful pieces to see, I have had to narrow it down to a few or else this post would go on forevermore…
Kate Jenkins; ‘The Stitchmonger’
Incredible detailed work that brought a smile to everyones face. all this sea food is stitched, knitted and crocheted!
Stella Harding: Second nature.
Stella has taken the traditional country art of willow weaving and basketry and raised it to a new level.Combining textiles, yarn and mother nature. It is simply stunning to see in real life.
A quote from Stella…
“Driven by a desire to create dynamic contemporary aesthetics using the traditional techniques of basketry, I weave striking, handmade artworks for interior spaces, site responsive installations and wearable structures.”
The Royal School of Needlework: Student Degree and Diploma work.
This delightful rendition of Mary Poppins in Stumpwork is by: Alena Chenevix-Trench
Festival of Quilts: ‘My Lady’ art quilt by Susan Orchin.
This moving piece of work cannot be fully appreciated in a photograph. It is a large piece and the image does not appear to you until you stand away and gaze at it. See the dragon fly at her back?
It moved and disturbed me in equal measures. A woman curled in the foetal position apparently laying on the floor. It raises questions more questions than it answers. The detail in the work and the stitchery is jaw dropping.
Susan Orpin says “The quilt emphasises the model’s beauty, hair texture, vulnerability and the floor grain. The dragonfly symbolises beauty and the short life of living creatures.
A note: I have attempted to credit all the artists so I hope I have all the correct names matching with the right pieces of work!
I hope you liked my short list? I would recommend a visit to the show next year if you get the chance.