20 January 2016

Art Textiles at the Whitworth

Grayson Perry
Magdelana Abakanowicz

Do Ho Suh
Ghana Amer
Mary Sibande
Monika Zaltauskaite-Grasiene
A good day out yesterday visiting the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester to see their current exhibition 'Art Textiles' - closes 3st January.  Very much a thought provoking exhibition about the role of textiles as a visual arts medium.  The pieces on view were from various eras including a beautiful hand embroidered sampler from 1601, selected to highlight its vital role in a girls education during the C17th - C19th. 

Several pieces are like old favourites notably the Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin, Michele Walker and Sally Freshwater but it was the huge 'Red Abakan III' from the 1970's that remains in my mind having only previously seen it in print.  Well worth a visit and lunch in the cafe just adds to the enjoyment!

4 January 2016

Happy New Year

A very Happy New Year to all.  As January 6th approaches when the Christmas decorations are boxed and stored for another year I thought it would be nice to show you the beautiful hand made cards I received this year.  They are lovely to receive and I always treasure them, appreciating the time and effort that goes into the hand made.  Thank you.

Before 2016 gets well and truly underway and we become absorbed in new ideas, new exhibitions and of course new work I would like to thank everyone who visited our two exhibitions at Little Moreton Hall and The Waterside Gallery in Sale. It was truly a very busy but rewarding year.  Cheshire Textiles regular meetings resume tomorrow after the Christmas break and no doubt Bridget - our current chair - will be bursting with inspiration   and ready to lead us into another exciting year!  

I am working on a new website for Cheshire Textiles which is something to look forward to for the early part of 2016.