Talented Textile Artists in Northamptonshire

A visit to Rugby leaves me feeling inspired to stitch and intrigued by wire....

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Being good to myself – tick, done that this week by taking time out after the school run to pop over to Rugby, the gallery hadn’t even been unlocked on my arrival, how keen am I?? I had a wonderful time drinking in the varied techniques used by the ISE members to form a wide range of textile art pieces.

Once the door was unlocked I entered shortly after Dora Mack who was stewarding that morning. She was very pleasant and chatted to me about the group what they do, how the mentoring helps their progress as artists and how it interesting to see her own progress over time, she also mentioned an upcoming exhibition which should happen later in the year in Northamptons Delapre Abbey.

The range of skills in the group covered a wide variety of textile techniques, on show Sue Latimers use of natural dyes in stitched landscapes, Sandra Jenkins felting, Computer printed digital images on aida and stitched from Wendy Bates and linear fabric and stitched abstract collages in a range of colours from Wendy Davies were amongst the styles on show.

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I was instantly drawn by the work of Alyssa Robinson, her use of vivid colours to give symmetrical reflected images taken from nature, rather like a kaleidoscope looking a bird beaks, sea horses and butterfly wings, I flipped through her sketch book which was interesting to see how she worked the designs using good old fashioned tracing paper and colouring a panel to give guidance while stitching. The work is very heavily stitched by machine, not a glimpse of backing fabric could be seen! In complete contrast Alyssa also had some lamps on show, these were formed with strips of muted colours, like misty landscapes and seascapes a fantastic contrast to the bright machine stitching, I had to check several times they were created by the same artist!

Alyssa Robinson

Being a lover of used textiles I was drawn to the Kantha influenced work by Mary Martin, she had incorporated historic textiles in her work. Several of the pieces offered a domestic narrative with stained linens and items of worn clothing as well as historic costume.

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I admired the balanced and subtle use of colour in Karin Kirks work, where a combination of both machine and hand embroidery were used.

Alison Ranson exhibited a range of portraits usually of people engaged in sporting activities. She uses a collage of fabric to colour a strong black line drawing in stitch, providing detail and movement. A study of a badminton player with racket trailing created in wire kept my attention, the lighting provided shadows behind the wires giving the piece which hung from the wall its true sculptural identity.


The exhibition is now closed but the group have plans for more exhibitions later this year, you can find out more by following them on facebook...... www.facebook.com/ISEtextiles