24 March 2017

Making Tracks

Last few days!!

'Making Tracks', Cheshire Textiles exhibition at Castle Park Arts Centre in Frodsham is approaching its' final week.  Last day is 2nd April.  We have had lots of lovely visitors, positive comments and some sales too!  Thank you to all who called in on our Artist Days, it was great to meet you all and share our passion for the arts.

Please don't miss the exhibition and if you would like any further information about the work or our group please get in touch via the website www.cheshiretextiles.org.uk. 

23 February 2017

Making Tracks at Frodsham

Making Tracks
Castle Park Arts Centre

24th Feb - 2nd April 2017

Come and meet some of Cheshire Textiles on Saturday 4th March between 10.00am and 4.00pm

Our latest exhibition 'Making Tracks' is now up and running in Gallery 3 at Castle Park Arts Centre in Frodsham.   It is a very varied exhibition with examples of print, construction and drawings, as well as traditional hand and machine stitching.  We have worked to the theme of Trails, initially being inspired by the Sandstone Trail beginning in Frodsham but each artist has followed their own personal trail. 

 To find out more please come and see the exhibition or better still come and talk to us on Saturday 4th March between 10.00am and 4.00pm or Sunday afternoon 19th March between 1.00 and 4pm.  We will be doing small activities like drawing, construction or stitching and we will have extra sketch books for you to look through.  

We are always looking for more people to join us and if you are interested please get in touch or come and talk to us.        

25 January 2017

Making Tracks

Castle Park Arts Centre
01928 735832

Cheshire Textiles next exhibition opens on 
Wednesday 22nd February and runs until Sunday 2nd April.
please check for opening times 

Hope you can make it

29 November 2016

Making Tracks

Jean Haigh

Grazyna Whittle

'Making Tracks'
Castle Park Arts Centre

22nd February - 2nd April 2017

Cheshire Textiles are beavering away in preparation for our next exhibition which begins in February at Castle Park Arts Centre in Frodsham, Cheshire.  There are a couple of dates when members of the group will be in the gallery to talk about their work and answer questions.  These are Saturday 4th March 10.00 - 4.00 and Sunday 19th March 1.00 - 4.00pm

We are always looking for new members so please come along and have a chat.  

12 October 2016

Knitting and Stitching Show

Alice Fox

Jane McKeating, MMU

Sarah Welsby from unFOLD
Alice Kettle, MMU

Debbie Lyddon
A very enjoyable day at Alexander Palace with some lovely pieces to enthuse over and one or two bits to purchase.  I particularly liked the work of Debbie Lyddon, she has a fresh approach in both her presentation and use of materials, notably salt which leaves a fabulous crystalline surface.  Alice Fox is also pushing the boundaries with her materials, stitching into found natural materials like acorns and limpet shells.  MMU students and tutors had used Gawthorpe Textile collection as their starting point, some of which were included in the exhibition. Jane and Alice's final outcomes were superb. Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn's extensive back catalogue of pieces created for their books made a very interesting time line showing how embroidery has changed, as you can imagine it was a huge display.   

The shopping side is a little dull, plenty for the patchwork enthusiasts and the basic stitcher with lots of things to 'make' but if you are looking for a bit of creative inspiration, something out of the ordinary, then this isn't the place to go.  Plenty for the knitters but sadly no creative gallery to show the potential of threads. A good day out but wear comfortable shoes and take some food!  

21 July 2016

62 Group at the Silk Museum

Cheshire Textile's summer break began this week after a very enjoyable visit to Macclesfield's Silk Museum followed by lunch at Sutton Hall.  The Silk Museum is hosting 'Making Space', the 62 Group's current exhibition which runs until 3rd September.  

With recently extended exhibition space, the Silk Museum is now able to attract bigger groups and reach a wider audience.  There are 34 artists represented in the exhibition each pursuing their own line of investigation and techniques.  For those who are rooted in traditional forms of art like painting and ceramics this exhibition is well worth a visit, many of the pieces on display need thought and consideration, far removed from the 'pretty picture' commonly associated with embroidery.  

Interestingly a visit to the Royal Academy for their summer exhibition showed many textile pieces including the well known Nigerian artist El Anatsui who uses aluminium sourced from recycling centres and wire connected with textile techniques to create huge hangings

  Flexible materials including textiles are an ideal medium for sculpture.  Shona Rendel in the image above uses dyed chair cane which she weaves into the most beautiful shapes.  

Have a fabulous summer break, no doubt some of us will be continuing with work for Frodsham in February.                     Jen

31 May 2016

Pauline Burbidge exhibition

23rd April - 10th July 2016

Another fabulous exhibition at Ruthin Craft Centre and the cafe has reopened too!  Pauline Burbidge's 16 quilts, inspired by the rural landscape, show her passion for cloth, stitching and making.  She shares some of her processes with samples, videos, sketchbooks and a display of her materials which is always of interest to fellow stitchers!  The quilts are big and appear at first glance simple in their design but on closer inspection they are full of unexpected elements.  The mark making achieved with various techniques creates movement and drama making them beautiful pieces of art.

A technique new for Pauline is her use of cyanotype printing adding strong blue element to her monotone black and white.  This exhibition will not fail to delight, there is so much to absorb and enjoy.

Must mention Anna Noel's clay animals in the adjacent gallery, they bring a smile and an admiration of someone absolutely at the top of her craft.  
A good day out and in May the Welsh country side is peppered with wild flowers!   Jen