FOUND – Art Textiles: Made in Britain
‘Found’, a new exhibition from Art Textiles: Made in Britain, is the fourth exhibition by the group to make its debut at the Festival of Quilts.
Their aim has always been to showcase the diversity of British textile art and to help to ensure its future. They aim to stretch new boundaries with vibrant work through art quilts, contemporary embroidery and diverse mixed-media disciplines. A highlight of this year’s exhibition is the inclusion of new work by two invited guests – one established and one emerging artist – as part of the group’s commitment to promoting textile art.
The concept of ‘Found’ has proven to be a highly exciting source of inspiration and particularly rich in meaning – from revealed strata to found fabrics from the past that evoke memories and connection. Other ideas have come from the natural world and climate change, objects that have been lost and now found, or plastics and waste products, which have been recycled and embellished to create objects of beauty.
Each member has sought to find a personal aspect of the revealed and discovered worlds near to their hearts. The artists in Art Textiles: Made in Britain are Bethan Ash, Louise Baldwin, Pauline Barnes, Jessica Grady, Cas Holmes, Rosie James, Edwina Mackinnon, Sandra Meech, Sylvia Paul, Stephanie Redfern, and Christine Restall. They look forward to working and exhibiting with their guest artists Sarah Waters and Shuya Cheng in their gallery.