This is the title of my exhibition at Whitchurch Silk Mill. Using walking as a method of storytelling, it is about journeys. I have spun and woven maps and newspapers to create the work on show. A few pieces were shown at the Knitting and Stitching shows last autumn but there is new work as well.
There are two large cabinets, upstairs contains a formal display, downstairs is a more informal collection, designed to give some background to the upstairs exhibition.
The Mill itself is well worth a visit, with a wealth of information and displays about weaving processes and machinery in its handsome buildings on the banks of the river Test. At the moment there is a glorious carpet of purple crocus flowers on the lawn beside the fast flowing water below the tea room windows.
The Mill is open daily from 10.30am – 5pm but note it is closed on Mondays. The exhibition is on until 31 May.
Susan Chapman has been showing some new work at Whitchurch Silk Mill – there is still time to view it (exhibition ends 2 March). Her distinctive sketches of people visiting her stand at the Knitting and Stitching show last autumn translated into the hangings which fill the upstairs cabinet, while downstairs is a very colourful display of quilts featuring figures in action. The Mill is a fascinating place to visit quite apart from the exhibition. Happily, despite the recent weather, the buildings were not affected by flooding – good river management I think.
Last week I visited Chinese Whispers, an exhibition presented by Studio 21 at Bracknell. Based on the concept of making work and passing it on, it is a truly collaborative exercise, but resulting in original and highly individual work by each artist. I found the exhibition very exciting and loved the variety of beautiful and skilled work on show. There is still just time to visit (until 4 pm today).
I’m getting ready for the Dublin Knitting & Stitching show this week and looking forward to meeting the Irish graduates there, as well as seeing the graduates I met at the Alexandra Palace show. People say the Dublin show has a character of its own so it should be an interesting experience!
Knitting & Stitching Show
After the College show in July I was lucky enough to be one of those selected by the Embroiderers’ Guild for their Graduate Showcase at the Knitting & Stitching Shows in London, Dublin and Harrogate. The first of these opens on Thursday 10 October so is very close now.
Eastleigh College will have a definite presence there: also in the Graduate Showcase Caroline Bell is exhibiting her beautiful ecodyed and stitched pieces, her hands may or may not still be blue. Caroline also has her sales stand, full of her irresistible goodies, which Alison Hulme is going to front for her, and where Alison will be selling her acclaimed pinnies! In the Showcase Jan McGarry will be exhibiting her Africa-inspired work: superb photographs and machine stitched work based on zebra-stripes. From last year’s graduates Nicky Barfoot has been selected for the Knitted Textile awards for her knitted life drawings which look amazing in the photos I’ve seen. And lastly, but not least, our tutors Susan Chapman and Terrie Hitchcock have a stand where they will be exhibiting Evidence of Bodies, a follow-up of their previous show Bodies of Evidence. There will be an interactive element to their show!
The K&S shows are always full of interest with a real buzz about them, and that is not counting the workshops and retail therapy opportunities, so there is plenty to do and see.
Marks and Stitch degree show is getting very close now, there will be some exciting work to see and we hope and think everyone who comes will enjoy it.
I thoroughly recommend the exhibition Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966-1979 now on at Southampton City Art Gallery. I think it captures the attitude to landscape and ecological concern which characterises British Land Art of this period. It features a wide selection of artists, not just Long and Goldsworthy, and even includes Barry Flanagan and Antony Gormley. Combining this exhibition with a visit to the Hansard Gallery for an exhibition about Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson on their 1969 visit to Britain, provides a complementary demonstration of the American version of land art. These exhibitions are not to be missed if you have any interest in what we are doing to the world
Neuf, the first graduates of the Eastleigh College Foundation Degree in Stitched Textiles course, are holding their first exhibition since graduating (I’m not counting the stand at the NEC last month as that was more a promotion for the college and didn’t show all their work). It’s hard not to refer to them as ‘the big girls’ still- they were scaling the dizzy heights of year three when we were only year 2. Be that as it may, this exhibition is a delight with beautiful work on show in a fascinating venue. It confirms that life after FDA is good! Catch the exhibition at Hanger Farm, Aikman Lane, Totton, SO40 8FT until 27 April.