Celebrating the rich heritage of British sheep breeds and their wool. With new work from Guild Members and three invited Guest Exhibitors.
Alison Dupernex – Textiles
Fiona Valentine – Woodcarving
Francesca Chalk – Textiles
Helen Foot – Textiles
Jan McMillan – Textiles
Rachel Stowe – Textiles
Rhian Wyman – Textiles
Toff Milway – Ceramics
Alison Ellen – Wearable Textiles
Since graduating in textile design from UCA Farnham, Alison has approached knitting as a way of building garments, usually made all in one piece. She aims to gain and communicate a deep understanding of the way that knitted stitches work and the possibilities of this adaptable, underrated technique. Using British wool, that is then hand dyed, Alison has made a stunning collection of garments for ‘Wool Pack’.
Janie Knitted – Lighting
Jane Withers graduated in 1995 from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in Knitwear Design. For the past ten years, Jane Withers and Michael Hanmer have created contemporary knitted fabrics, using hand and machine knitting techniques from their studio at the Harley Foundation, Welbeck. Patterns and colours from their rural surroundings inspire the work. With an emphasis on natural fibres, all are sourced from British suppliers.
A collection of their innovative lighting will be shown in ‘Wool Pack.
Jose Heroys – Birds
Jose is a Sussex-based crochet artist making life-like birds from natural fibres. Her sculptures seek to capture the character and energy of each bird, and the emotional response we have to it. Working from field observations and photographs, the main structural form of each bird is worked in crochet using carefully selected yarns. The bird’s expression and other fine details are added using needle-felt and embroidery. The finished bird is tactile, and conveys something of what it feels like to hold a real bird in your hand. Each one is ringed with a uniquely numbered leg-ring in the correct colour for the year (red for 2018). For ‘Wool Pack’, Jose will be using British wool to make a collection of birds from Wrens to Owls.
On Tuesday, 25 September and Tuesday 30 October, Alison Dupernex will be demonstrating machine knitting as part of the Wool Pack exhibition.
Helen Foot will be demonstrating weaving on Thursday 18 October and Sunday 4 November.