Monday, 31 October 2011

Upcoming Events for November 2011

Here are a few events which are coming this month:

At Birmingham Embroiderers Guild:

On Monday 14th, Angela Thompson is coming to talk to us about Moroccan Mosaic textiles. She's sent these two pictures, and it looks to be a very interesting session.

Rabat curtain fragment from Angela Thompson

Azemmour Cloth from Angela Thompson

On Saturday 26th, Margaret Beal will be doing her Burning Issues part I and II workshop, exploring using soldering irons to cut and fuse fabrics, and then working into these with sewing machines.



Elsewhere:

On Saturday 12th, there's a Nuno Felting workshop at the MAC. For more info, see their website.

Also on the 12th, there's a Silk Screen and Textile printing course at Birmingham Printmakers, covering how to creat and expose a screen, and then printing onto fabric.

Birmingham Museum currently have an exhibition, entitled 'Lost In Lace', about contemporary lace creations, including large scale and sculptural lace pieces. See the Lost In Lace website for more info.

Monday, 17 October 2011

With Hand And Heart

This Saturday I went to Forge Mill Needle Museum, to see With Hand And Heart, Linda and Laura Kemshall's latest exhibition. It had lots of beautiful quilts, as well as other pieces including this wonderful hand bag:

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I loved this quilt, The Golden Pear, with cut out details and hanging leaves and fruit:

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There was a simple beauty to this picture of medicine bottles, with lots of different techniques including stitching, applique and paint to form the shapes:

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The exhibition is on until the 23rd, and Linda and Laura will be there this Thursday (the 20th) talking about their work.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Japanese Fans

After Julia's wonderful talk this week, I have been looking around for more Japanese embroidery, and I found these lovely fans:



Origami Fans by Mezcraft on Craftster

Although it's not goldwork, I thought it was beautiful embroidery, with some lovely details.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Upcoming Events for October 2011

A couple of events have been brought to my attention, which might be of interest:
Embroidery Events:
Linda and Laura Kemshall have an exhibition, entitled 'With Hand And Heart', at the Forge Mill Needle Museum in Redditch. It is on until the 23rd of October, and features lots of their wonderful quilts, sketchbooks and embroidery.
For more details, see the Forge Mill website.




Beasts, Birds and Flowers - Embroidered Textiles from the BM&AG Collection is a workshop using embroidered items dating from the 16th to 20th centuries from the museum's collections.
For more details, see the BMAG website.




Raising The Surface, a celebrity lecture from Maggie Grey, is being hosted by the Worcester branch of the Guild on October 29th. Admission is by advance ticket only, call Jacky Shail on 01684-311-722 for details.




Coming up in November:
Lost in Lace: New approaches by UK and international artists exhibition at Birmingham Museum Gas Hall, 29th October 2011 to 19th February 2012
Nuno Felting at the MAC, 12th and 13th November
Silk Screen and Textile Printing course at Birmingham Printmakers, Digbeth, 12th November


Also of interest:
Collograph Printing course at Birmingham Printmakers, Digbeth, 15th October
Small Print: Big Impression exhibition at the MAC, 22nd October to 4th December

For The Love Of Gold

At last night's guild meeting, Julia Gray came to speak to us about her Japanese goldwork embroidery.

Julia has been developing her skills in this technique for over 20 years, initially studying on a 10 stage American course, then moving on to learning from a Japanese master who was willing to teach a Western woman. This involved trips to Japan and correspondence via email, despite language and cultural barriers.

Julia's work involves gold leaf applied to stenciled on glue, and lots of very fine couched on gold thread. She also dyes her background fabrics.

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Julia brought a wide range of equipment with her, which really helped us to understand her processes. She also brought many samples of her own work and other traditional pieces.

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Her talk was lively and entertaining, and she has published a book.

Birmingham Embroiderers Guild For The Love Of Gold 10 Oct 2011 (7)

Monday, 10 October 2011

Birmingham Postcards

Guild members have recently completed a project to stitch postcards representing aspects of Birmingham. These were given to the then Lady Mayoress, Gillian Gregory, and were originally intended to hang in HMS Dearing, Birmingham's naval ship. Unfortunately the finished hanging was a bit too big for the available space, however the Lady Mayoress has secured them hanging space within the Council House itself, so Birmingham residents will be able to go and enjoy these very diverse examples of embroidery.


For more details about the project, see this Birmingham Mail article.


Birmingham Embroiders Guild Exhibition 30 May 2011 (10) - Birmingham Postcard


Birmingham Embroiders Guild Exhibition 30 May 2011 (11) - Birmingham Postcard


Birmingham Embroiders Guild Exhibition 30 May 2011 (12) - Birmingham Postcard


Birmingham Embroiders Guild Exhibition 30 May 2011 (13) - Birmingham Postcard


Birmingham Embroiders Guild Exhibition 30 May 2011 (14) - Birmingham Postcard

September Guild Meeting

As well as having visits from lots of interesting speakers, we also have many talented members who lead workshops.  The September meeting featured three members demonstrating their skills:


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Margaret uses the computer a lot in her embroidery, manipulating images and printing them before stitching into the printed fabric. She talked through her work with members.


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Lyn demonstrated goldwork, with lots of beautiful threads and shining stitches.


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Angela brought her beadwork to share with us - lots of beautiful, detailed embroidery.


Unfortunately I was unable to attend the meeting, so thank you to Janet for taking these photos. If you'd like to share your work and skills with members, please feel free to get in touch!

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Ceramic Bugs

This article on the BBC News website about an art exhibition in Nottingham reminded me of Louise Watson's embroidered insects, so I thought I'd share it here. There are some beautiful ceramic bugs, with gorgeous glazed colours.

Anna Colette Hunt's Ceramic Insects