24 February: 1. Showcase Updates, 2. Joan Baxter Masterclass, 3. Nearly Wild Weaving, 4. EXHIBITION: Made at Morley, 5. HCA News, 6. Selvedge


Stop Press: BTG is now on Instagram!

Katie Russell has just now successfully opened a BTG Instagram account for us. Congratulations Katie!

BTG Instagram name is: btgweavers

1. Showcase Updates


Jane Riley’s Showcase page

2. Joan Baxter Masterclass – Working with Words

Joan Baxter, will lead a weaversbazaar Masterclass 26th – 28th April 2019, Angmering, Sussex to explore ways to use text as source for tapestry design.

Joan says “Over the past 10 years research reading I do when I’m starting a new phase of work has moved from technical/factual material towards the work of poets and writers… Words are my first sketches, not visuals.”

Details and booking at www.weaversbazaar.com

Download as PDF at: http://www.thebritishtapestrygroup.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Joan-Baxter-Masterclass.pdf

3. Nearly Wild Weaving – Taking tapestry weaving into the outdoors

May 4 – 6th or May 11th & 12th
At and around Underhill Farm on the Shropshire/Wales border

Come and spend two or three relaxing days based at Irene’s studio on a quiet smallholding on the Wales/Shropshire border, exploring nature and the countryside through the art of tapestry weaving.

Suitable for beginners and more experienced tapestry weavers. If tapestry weaving is completely new to you, Irene will show you the basics so that you can create your first woven tapestry; if you have experience, this is an opportunity to take your tapestry weaving practice out of the studio and try a different approach. Regardless of your experience, this will be an opportunity to share creative time with like-minded people.

May 4th- 6th £150
May 11th & 12th £100
Fees include use of equipment, simple refreshments and picnic lunches.
Self-catering and camping available on-site, B&Bs nearby.

For more information and bookings, get in touch with Irene Evison:
Email irene@nearlywild.org
Phone: 07977 591510.
Blog https://ireneevisontapestry.wordpress.com/
Facebook: Nearly Wild Weaving

Download as PDF at: http://www.thebritishtapestrygroup.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Nearly-Wild-Weaving.pdf

4. EXHIBITION: Made at Morley


28 Feb-26 Mar 2019
Mon-Fri 11.00-18.00 Sat 12.00-16.00
Morley Gallery, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT
Free admission

This exhibition showcases the exceptional work produced by Morley’s jewellery and textiles students. Many of the students have developed work in response to the rich theme of cultural patterns and forms with particular reference to Oceanic and Japanese artworks and artefacts.

The work on display reflects the breadth of specialisms within Morley. In Textiles this includes, print, weave, felt making, stitch, dyeing, knit, quilting, basketry, tapestry weaving and mosaics and in Jewellery forging, etching, enamelling, stone setting and casting. Some works will be for sale.

More info at: https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/events/1881-morley-gallery-made-2019-jewellery-and-textiles

5. Heritage Crafts Association News


Call for Makers at Countryfile Live
Countryfile LiveThere’s a chance for two makers to display for free at this year’s Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard. You will need to be able to engage with the public, and ideally offer some hands-on craft. The selected makers will have use of a free 3x3M pitch and be able to run and charge for a workshop. Please get in touch if you are local to the Blenheim and Yorkshire areas, and practice something other than wood-related craft. Email organiser Peter at peter@greenwooddays.co.uk by 31st March to be considered.

Age of Creativity
Age of CreativityThe new Age of Creativity Festival runs for the entire month of May across England. The festival coincides with similar festivals in other nations (Bealtaine in Ireland, Gwanwyn in Wales and Luminate in Scotland) creating – for the very first time – a massive month-long celebration of creativity and culture in later life across the UK & Ireland. As well as attending, it is still possible to sign up and host an event as part of the festival. Find out how you can get involved by clicking below – deadline 1st March.

Read more at: https://heritagecrafts.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a2ec3bc859582e86350f88a66&id=324a53e42d&e=93f0bd8979

Spinning Opportunity
Pineapple woolNathalie Spencer, masters student at Central St Martin’s, is seeking spinners keen for a challenge. Her final pieces for her degree show at Milan Design Week are made from ‘pineapple wool’, and she requires a large amount of pineapple fibre to be spun into wool. ‘Pineapple wool’ presents a vegan alternative to wool by using the waste leaves from pineapples and processing their fibres into a sustainable and biodegradable textile for fashion. If you are interested in helping Nathalie, please send your contact details to admin@heritagecrafts.org.uk by 31st March.

Read the whole newsletter at: https://mailchi.mp/8b47052965a8/k4zs5gk1hr-2948509?e=93f0bd8979

6. Selvedge

Newsletter No. 7 includes:

Material Wonder.
October Gallery, now in its 40th year, presents an exhibition of works celebrating the force and creative vision of El Anatsui…

Read the story at: https://selvedge.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2ecccbd9c19df94f48080e541&id=c59b1d8f0d&e=b4676973e5

Under Your Feet.
In April, an exciting new exhibition at the Ruthin Craft Centre will present a striking, colourful and inspiring…

Read the story at: https://selvedge.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2ecccbd9c19df94f48080e541&id=170fd9becb&e=b4676973e5

Read the whole newsletter at: https://us14.campaign-archive.com/?e=b4676973e5&u=2ecccbd9c19df94f48080e541&id=31a26f8119


21 February: 1. Tapestry Weaver – Issue 25 is now out!, 2. COLLECT 2019: Crafts Council, 3. Selvedge

1. Tapestry Weaver – Issue 25 is now out!

Tapestry Weaver Issue 25 March 2015

If you haven’t received it yet, I have just uploaded the digital format to the website in the members’ area.

Here is a quick link: Tapestry Weaver Issue 25 March 2019 Low Resolution

2. COLLECT 2019: Crafts Council

Katharine Swailes is exhibiting her new work ‘The Constellations’ for Collect at the Saatchi Gallery from the 28th February – 3rd March 2019.
Curated by the Crafts Council at Saatchi Gallery, London, Collect Open provides a platform for 15 individual artists to show ambitious and conceptual craft led installations.

Swailes will be showing her new wall installation, ‘Glyphs and Loops – the Constellations’, using finely handwoven intricate tapestry, arranged on an invisible time line, which runs across the expansive wall; all together, referencing the world’s place in the solar system.
“My largest and most daring work to date, the materials and techniques instruct the outcome of these abstract works.”

Viewed as stone tablets on a wall, evoking calendar systems, of the ancient worlds the abstract works appear deceptively simple and minimal in construction; with an aesthetic coherence from carefully controlled formal visual qualities of tone, colour, pattern, surface and volume. They are inspired by the experience of contemplating ancient pre-Columbian textile, arrived at through the long meditative process of weaving, these works are imbued with millennia’s of hand weaving history; and are complex personal expressions.

“The natural fibres used are central to my weaving practice, the linens and cottons are chosen with possible longevity held by the ancient textiles.”
This expansive series sits as a diminutive constellation in the Universe: Glyphs and Loops reflect the duality of humanity, the organised rational of the glyphs and the emotion of the loops.

We hope that you will join us at Collect, Katharine will be there every day and sometimes both of us. When you arrive (our advise is to) go straight to the lift and take it to the top. This is were we are and the cafe, (bathrooms are in the basement!). Its a large event so best be prepared.

Find out more at: https://weftfaced.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e25363eb146a3c3dc54a9d467&id=cd55443240&e=3538dc8790

See you soon.
Best wishes
Caron and Katharine

3. Selvedge

Newsletter no. 06 : https://mailchi.mp/selvedge/selvedge-newsletter-no-176869?e=b4676973e5


13 February: 1. Letter from Chair, 2. ATA News – STI 6: Beyond the Edge, 3. ATW News

1. Letter from Chair

Hilary writes:

We have just completed our first Meeting of the New Committee and it was full of optimism and future planning.

We are instigating several new initiatives to encourage promotion of the BTG, future planning of Exhibitions, a major one in 2021 and several regional ones in 2020, plus an exciting new venture into the world of an on-line exhibition open to all members. We are looking at ways to incentivise the formation of weaving groups where none exist at the moment and broadening our use of social media to keep in touch with our members and for members to get in touch with each other. We are thrilled that our exhibition and the ‘What’s on your Loom’ has brought a whole new breadth of interest further afield than just BTG members. Remember that when you have finished your piece we could have a ‘the Finished Piece’ of the What’s on your Loom piece! Also, if you have something to tell us, a question to ask or an image you want to put onto our Facebook page, let Katie know.

We will also be actively redesigning our website to make it more informative, easier to navigate, more colourful and more relevant. If you would like to be part of a focus group then please let us know.

We are working hard on your behalf and are proud to be at the forefront of a new and invigorated British Tapestry Group. We want you to be proud of being a member.

Hilary O’Connell

2. ATA News – STI 6: Beyond the Edge

The American Tapestry Alliance is pleased to announce that the following artists have had tapestries accepted into STI 6: Beyond the Edge, ATA’s juried exhibit of the best of international contemporary small format tapestry.

From 116 entries, 43 tapestries were chosen, including the following BTG members:

Janet Austin – United States
Rita Banci – Italy
Clare Coyle- United Kingdom
Joan Griffin – United States
Anna Kocherovsky – United States
Lindsey Marshall – United Kingdom
Michael Rohde – United States

Prizewinners, dates, venues and more info at: https://americantapestryalliance.org/exhibitions/small-tapesty-international/small-tapestry-international-6-beyond-edge/

3. ATW News


Congratulations to ATW weavers Karlie Hawking, Sue Batten, Chris Cochius, Pamela Joyce, Leith Maguire, Sophie Morris and Cheryl Thornton for completing the tapestry 22 Temenggong Road, Twilight.
Read more about the tapestry at: https://www.austapestry.com.au/tapestries/pg/featured-tapestries/2/737/22-temenggong-road-twilight

We are delighted to announce the 16 artists and designers who will join the ATW as Artists in Residence in 2019! The Artist in Residence program invites artists to immerse themselves in the unique studio environment of the ATW for between 2 – 8 weeks.

Congratulations to Adrian Lazzaro, Amanda Ho, Ana Teresa Barboza, Daniela Contreras, Deborah Prior, Gosia Wlodarczak, Kate James, Lee Darroch, Megan Williams, Roseanne Bartley, Rosie Westbrook, Sharon Peoples, Zela Papageorgiou and collaborative trio Nina Ross, Gabrielle de Vietri and Stephen Palmer.

Read more about the artists at: https://www.austapestry.com.au/whats-on/artists-in-residence

Read the whole newsletter at: https://mailchi.mp/austapestry/atw-news-january2019?e=ad2dda2e0c


6 February: 1. Premier International Tapestry Exhibition, 2. Scaffold Loom (wanted), 3. Selvedge

1. Premier International Tapestry Exhibition
2019 International Tapestry Exhibit poster

Canadian Tapestry and Texture Centre
A8 280 North Service Rd West
Oakville, ON L6M 2S2

16 February to 9 March 2019

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre
2302 Bridge Rd, Oakville, ON L6L 3L5, Canada

Country Heritage Park
8560 Tremaine Rd
ON L9T 2X3, Canada

BTG members exhibiting:
Barbara Heller- Canada
Claire Buckley- England
Fiona Hutchinson- Scotland
Frances Crowe- Ireland
Line Dufour- Canada
Marie T. Brichard- France

Details and full listing of artists at: Canadian Tapestry list of exhibitors


2. Scaffold Loom (wanted)

Barbara writes:

Hello Eleanora

I am looking for a second hand, large scale scaffold loom and wondered if any of your members had one that they no longer required.

Best regards,

Barbara Rowell

Reply to Barbara at: barbararowell@btinternet.com

3. Selvedge

Newsletter no. 04 : https://mailchi.mp/selvedge/selvedge-newsletter-no-176821?e=b4676973e5

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