Saturday, 21 November 2009

Clay & Thread

'Clay And Thread' at the Knit and Stitch show at Harrogate combined 'Talking Matters' showing the work of ceramicist Alex McErlain with embroiderer Alice Kettle. Thrown slipware ceramics by Alex McErlain have been drawn and scratched into by Alice Kettle, while drawings of jugs are stitched.

'Place Settings' exhibits works by Helen Felcey, a ceramicist who works with unglazed bone china , and Alice Kettle, a textile artist familiar for her expressive machine stitched works. The collaboration is a table setting, porcelain spoons and vessels on a stitched cloth. The work brings together two distinct areas of practice and two distinct characters.

In 'New Grounds', the work of textile artist Dionne Swift explores the possibilities of printing onto felt - almost onto the print blanket 'on purpose' and working into the spare black and white images with stitich.

Louise Baldwin's work was also a joy in a very different way