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VISUALise: Inspiration for Stitch and Expression
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 4:30 pm
This exhibition of textiles and mixed media work has been created by the ISE Textile Group of ten artists.
ISE (Inspiration for Stitch and Expression) was formed several years ago by like minded artists who enjoy creating diverse work with stitch as the common thread.
Wendy Davies, Judy Flanagan, Sheila Jones, Karin Kirk, Sue Latimer, Judith Laundon, Dora Mack, Mary Martin, Jean Paling and Alison Ranson meet regularly in Welford, Northamptonshire. Our aim is to promote creativity with rigorous discipline, underpinned by knowledge of textiles worldwide.
On display are abstract, realistic and figurative art and fashion accessories using a wide variety of media: wire, paper, fabric (new, distressed and recycled) and found objects: these are hand and machine stitched, or felted to fashion art inspired by both the natural world and the built environment.
The group enjoy exhibiting and most recently have held exhibitions at Alexandra Palace Knitting and Stitching Show and in the Northants Open Studios. At these exhibitions the work has been well received and admired.
Each year the group hold a weekend workshop retreat which is both contemplative and instructive led by a respected artist to inspire and refresh. Some work exhibited is based on past workshops.
In addition to this we have always had a mentor who works with each of us individually as well as dynamically with the group: Sue Eden and Mary Sleigh and latterly James Hunting. He left us these words “I am struck by the member’s commitment to their work and engagement with the development of their practice, which transcend by far mere technique and focuses on independent investigations and themes. They accept challenges and push themselves to encourage the range and scope of outcomes exhibited.” The group are pleased to announce the appointment of a new mentor, Matthew Harris who commences in the autumn.
Each member brings individual talents and skills from the disciplines of embroidery, art, printing, fashion and graphic design. Our qualifications either at diploma or degree level have in many cases been honed in the academic or commercial world.