Sunday, 30 December 2012

Hemmed in

Copyright Zoe Williams 2012

 Our local Art Gallery has a great textile exhibition on called Hemmed In: Embroidery and Needlework from MK and Beyond. It presents work from the 1930s to the present by over fifty practitioners and is organised with MK Embroiderers Guild and Jamie Chalmers, otherwise known as Mr X Stitch. Ranging from the local to the international, the exhibits include needlework through unusual media, techniques and unexpected subject matter, including street art, rock music and internet spam.

Copyright Stephanie Thannhauser 2012

I took part in the MK Embroiderers Guild (MKEG) part of the exhibtion (see my work above) which challenged their members to represent ‘Milton Keynes in an eight-inch square’, to create small, needle and thread portraits of their favourite places in the city. The results constitute a real celebration of the city in stitch. In addition to work by the members, the exhibition includes a number of rare and significant pieces on loan from national collections, including such luminaries from the embroidery world as Rebecca Crompton, Rachael Thompson, Julia Caprara and Beryl Dean.

The exhibition at MK Gallery runs from 7 December 2012 – 6 January 2013, and admission is free.

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