Thursday, 22 October 2015

Random highlights of the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace 2015

When you are hosting a stand or a gallery at a show such as the Knitting and Stitching Show, it can be difficult to get the time to look around all of the other delights as you are limited to the mornings before the public enter if everything in the gallery is spick and span ready to open, or the evenings when you are tired! So I had only a couple of hours overall to scoot round. Some galleries still were closed and virtually none had the artists in situ to talk to about their work. Perhaps I will have the chance in Dublin or Harrogate.

As you walked through the main entrance there were some great student fashion displays, and then this pretty impressive ?quilt? /wall art piece created by Daniela Arnold and Marco Sarzi-Sartori. Using only scrap fabrics from industrial waste, they create large scale landscapes. See more at

The Fibre Lands Gallery. DAMSS

The Fibre Lands Gallery. DAMSS
 From the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland was a beautiful, ethereal group of artworks collectively titled 'en-twined me-mories'.

Catherine Green's 'Energy Sprite'. Lovely!

Sandy Sexton's 'Collo Libro'. I love art book formats, so this really appealed.
Another international, indeed, multi-national organisation showing work was SAQA. You may well have seen more of their exhibitions as they do get around! This exhibition was titled 'Food For Thought'. And I finally succumbed to the requests to join, so hopefully I will be sending pieces out with tier exhibitions in future. Having said that, I am not sure how my work will stand with the quilters, we shall see!

Detail from Helen Godden's 'C is for ... Couching'
Sarah Ann Smith's Insalata

This was the only glimpse I got of a fascinating display of work put together by Nikki Delport-Wepener and Lesley Turpin-Delport called 'A Tribute to Ancient Inspiration; East meets West', but fully intend to when I next see it.

Nikki Delport-Wepener and Lesley Turpin-Delport gallery called 'A Tribute to Ancient Inspiration; East meets West'
There were knitted fashions from the Kingston Fashion Knitwear Project, looking very striking on the catwalk images:

Kingston Fashion Knitwear Project

Kingston Fashion Knitwear Project
And recent graduates - more of them next time, as well as a selection of 'old hands':

Lizzie Houghton whose felt work is to die for and whose new studio in Cornwall I am very envious about!
Amanda Clayton and Viv Prideaux

Sue Dove's intensively stitched pieces, full of life and fun.

On one side of our NZ Art Textiles gallery were huge embellished and stitched pictures. And by huge, I mean most were around 2m x 3m. Think of the practicalities of making work on that scale! They were quite Van Gogh-esque in the mad flowing energies in the landscapes. Find out more on her website

Michala Gyetvai

Detail from Michala Gyetvai's work

On the other side, was a completely different, expertly crafted and most beautiful display of weaving from Stella Harding.

Stella Harding 'Second Nature'
Stella Harding 'Second Nature'
Stella Harding 'Second Nature'
Stella Harding 'Second Nature'
Stella Harding 'Second Nature'
Stella Harding 'Second Nature'
Another display which I found fascinating technically and artistically were the 'body parts' created by Sally Hewitt. I was really sad not to get a chance to meet her and discuss the work, which would have been even more powerful in a gallery setting than it's small stand, but at least we got to see the pieces.

Sally Hewitt

Sally Hewitt

Then there was the shopping which didn't quite happen, hopefully they will be in Harrogate in November!

Yummy prefelts. I wonder if I can squeeze some in my suitcase?
Don't forget, there are still two Knitting and Stitching Shows to go. Dublin and Harrogate. Find out more.
I am scooting around the UK for the next few weeks and will hopefully have lots to show you from Inverness, Bolton, Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Stevenage, Sutton Coldfield and Darlington before too long.

1 comment:

Suella said...

Like your chose of images. Nice range of work

It was good to see your work at Ally Pally. I would have enjoyed seeing them at Living Threads as well. Still a mystery.

Hope to be at Harrogate and talk then.