This exhibition went beyond the visual experience and invited active participation. Visitors had the opportunity to experiment for themselves; handling and creating with materials in a specially constructed studio, thus revealing how an artist thinks through their own explorations.
Ten innovative artists explored drama, colour, texture and pattern through woven form and the resulting display reflected their diversity. Jewellery, costume, basketry, tapestry and conceptual pieces created a spectacular showcase that demonstrated how one basic technique can lead to many different outcomes.
Works included brooches based on traditional ikat weaving by the young designer Andrew Lamb. His incredibly intricate and beautiful pieces are crafted from gold and silver wires. Visual artist Michael Brennand-Wood creates textile pieces inspired by his profound interest in pattern. His construction explores the idea of ‘three-dimensional lines’ weaving through space, and Lizzie Farey, a basket maker, had sculpted willow spheres that linked the process of growth to the process of weaving.
These diverse works provided an introduction to the versatility of weaving, for both functional and aesthetic ends.