MARCH 2020 NEWS

28 March: BTG eNEWS 9 (Mar 28) 1. Membership Renewal, 2. BTG – Stay Connected, 3. Matty Smith,
4. Exhibition, 5. Selvedge

1. Membership Renewal Reminder

If you have not already done so, this is to remind you that membership renewal is due on 1 April. We do realise that it is not always easy to renew on the website. We are working on a new website, but bear with us whilst that is being done. 

To renew on the website: http://www.thebritishtapestrygroup.co.uk/shop/renew-membership/

By post: Download the PDF of the Membership and Data Protection Form and post it to us with a cheque made payable to “The British Tapestry Group”. The address is on the form.

2. BTG – Stay Connected

During this difficult period we at the BTG would like to mention some of the things we recommend for you. These include:

BTG Try Something New

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to get away from Covid-19 news, but tapestry weaving is a way to switch off and support your inner creativity.

If you need a break from it all, then the BTG would like to encourage all our members to ‘Try Something New’. It might be a new technique, using different colours from those you are used to, different types of warps or thread, a what happens if? ……. in fact anything that you’ve never tried before.

Nothing fancy (and this is not a challenge -there’s enough of that around already!), just work small, even over half a dozen warps is fine as you are just playing.

If you are on social media, post a photo and let us know how you do and what you thought about your sample. At the very worst, you might think ‘never again!’ but hopefully you will have taken your mind off current problems, found something you unexpectedly enjoy and have a nice little stash of samples to refer back to. You can post to Katie for Facebook and Twitter, tuliprussell@googlemail.com or Emma Jo for Instagram, emmajowebster@gmail.com.

Facebook @BritishTapestryGroup https://www.facebook.com/BritishTapestryGroup/

Twitter @britishtapestry https://twitter.com/britishtapestry

Instagram btgweavers https://www.instagram.com/btgweavers/

BTG Tapestry Network

The BTG Tapestry network is growing fast and is becoming a hub of interesting items from its members. This is an “invite only’ group and you need to contact Paulette paulette.furnival@outlook.com and ask to become a member. In this time of isolation being part of a group is akin to being part of a family.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/461488328001491/

BTG – Exhibitions Website

Did you know the BTG has a website dedicated to showing past Exhibitions? btg-wovenart.co.uk is the site where many of our brilliant Exhibitions from our Regional to the Main Exhibitions are exhibited.
AND watch this space as new ones are added to our portfolio.

http://www.btg-wovenart.co.uk/index.html

BTG – ‘Threads in Sheds’

This could be the time to look into the design and creation of your weaving for the main BTG Exhibition in September, October, November 2021 at Whitchurch Silk Mill, in Whitchurch, Hamshire. With no distractions of work (for some of us) this could fill the time with a positive outcome in mind. For those who are still working, a distraction from the everyday. If you are home educating your children give it as a project for them. Or perhaps not.

3. Matty Smith

Many of you probably already know this, but some may not, Matty Smith has retired from weaversbazaar. She set it up with Lin Squires in 2008 and they have become a cornerstone of the weaving weft world. Thank you to her for her joint vision and enthusiasm for her yarns and weaving. Good luck on her new journey and look forward to seeing her weavings.

4. Exhibition: RE – SURGIENDO Una Exposición Textil

An exhibition at the Museo de Arte Moderno Ramírez Villamizar de la Ciudad de Pamplona, Colombia.

BTG member, Claudia Falquez, went to Pamplona, Colombia for her solo exhibition, then covid-19 struck. Stay safe Claudia!

Claudia Falquez presents RE – SURGIENDO Una Exposición Textil on YouTube

5. Selvedge

Newsletter No. 13

‘T’ is for textiles. (featuring BTG member Jane Walkley)
An upcoming exhibition at the Rheged Centre, Cumbria, is showcasing textile art…

Read the story. https://www.selvedge.org/blogs/selvedge/t-is-for-textiles

https://www.rheged.com/event/t-is-for-textiles/

Read the newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/selvedge/selvedge-newsletter-no-177978?e=b4676973e5

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21 March: 1. What’s on your Loom? – 21 and 22 March 2020, 2. Update on our BTG Facebook page, 3. ATA

1. What’s on your Loom? – 21 and 22 March 2020

You do not have to be on Facebook yourself. Clare and Katie will post your contribution and you can go look at it and see what others have posted too. Here are the details of how to send.

Images: Crisp images in JPG format
Text: Name, title, size, materials, if it’s a detail and any info the weaver wishes to provide.
A – M (surname) send to: Clare Coyle clarecoyletapestry@gmail.com
N – Z (surname) send to: Katie Russell tulipsrussell@gmail.com

To see what is being posted go to: https://www.facebook.com/BritishTapestryGroup/

2. Update on our BTG Facebook page

Katie Russell writes:

Hello all,

From a random look at locations where people are it is wonderful to see the range of countries that are viewing our posts…….
Here are happy thoughts!
All the posts that people are sending or liking of work being seen by people in the UK, USA, Canada, NZ, Russia, Morocc, Indonesia, Libya, Netherlands, Zambia, France, Italy, Germany, Latvia, Colombia, Mexico, China, Crete, Poland, Pakistan, Moldova, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Ukraine…….and so many others! Apologies if i have missed any counties out!!!!!

The one thing that links us is creativity! Keep on weaving!

Also did a check on figures for Facebook – 3,377 followers
this weeks posts reached 613 people and 139 peopled ‘liked’ or ‘commented/contributed’

I’d like to think this is not too bad!

Kate

3. ATA

Artist Pages

Bonni Opt-hof (just have a good look at those cats as well as Rainbow Rain)
Bonni Opt-hof writes, “Rainbow Rain was done while I was in Denmark. I was learning to blend colors and since it was winter, I wanted to work on something colorful. This is the piece that was in ATA’s Biennial 11.”

Read more about his work on ATA’s website: https://americantapestryalliance.org/artist-pages/bonni-opt-hof/

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20 March: 1. BTG Try Something New, 2. Exhibitions – STOP PRESS, 3. ATA, 4. Heritage Crafts Association News, 5. Selvedge

1. BTG Try Something New

E Budden spiral idea for woven tapestry Energy

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to get away from Covid-19 news, but tapestry weaving is a way to switch off and support your inner creativity.

If you need a break from it all, then the BTG would like to encourage all our members to ‘Try Something New’. It might be a new technique, using different colours from those you are used to, different types of warps or thread, a what happens if? ……. in fact anything that you’ve never tried before.

Nothing fancy (because this is not a challenge – there’s enough of that around already!), just work small, even over half a dozen warps is fine as you are just playing.

If you are on social media, send us your post, include an image and let us know how you do and what you thought about your sample to any of the addresses below. At the very worst, you might think ‘never again!’ but hopefully you will have taken your mind off current problems, found something you unexpectedly enjoy and have a nice little stash of samples to refer back to.

So go play!

NEW – BTG Members’ Blog: http://www.thebritishtapestrygroup.co.uk/members/members-blog/
BTG Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BritishTapestryGroup/
BTG Tapestry Network (closed group): https://www.facebook.com/groups/461488328001491/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/btgweavers/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/britishtapestry

If you have something to post on the Members Blog, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, here is how to do it: Images Text for Blog and Social Media

2. Exhibitions – STOP PRESS

Due to the current situation, most upcoming exhibitions will be either cancelled or postponed.

See updates on upcoming BTG exhibitions at the Exhibitions page

3. ATA

American Tapestry Biennial 13

37 tapestries were selected, several of them BTG members. For the ful list go to the ATA website at:

https://americantapestryalliance.org/exhibitions/atbiennials/american-tapestry-biennial-13/

4. Heritage Crafts Association News

Stained Glass Unbound discussion day (just check out the image!)
The British Society of Master Glass Painters is running a discussion day on 22 May exploring how stained glass has moved away from traditional painted and leaded windows and broken new ground, while still bringing light and colour into architecture. Speakers include Andrew Moor, Deborah Sandersley, Harry Cardross and Gill Hobson, all of whom have been involved in an exciting array of stained and painted glass projects.

Read more: https://www.bsmgp.org.uk/shop/events/discussion-day/discussion-day-2020/

Read the HCA newsletter at: https://mailchi.mp/ad7bc68709b5/hca_members_03_20?e=93f0bd8979

5. Selvedge

Newsletter No. 12

Circles of Life.
A look at works by Melbourne-based artist Tammy Kanat, on show at The NGV Australia gallery…

Read the story. https://www.selvedge.org/blogs/selvedge/circles-of-life

Inside Textile Conservation.
A look again at what it’s like to study textile conservation from one of our team…

Read the story. https://www.selvedge.org/blogs/selvedge/inside-textile-conservation

Read newsletter 12 at: https://mailchi.mp/selvedge/selvedge-newsletter-no-177953?e=b4676973e5

Newsletter No. 11

Rethreading & Retracing.
The Aga Khan Centre is currently hosting an exhibition by the Iranian artist Bita Ghezelayagh…

Read the story. https://www.selvedge.org/blogs/selvedge/rethreading-and-retracing

Read newsletter 11 at: https://mailchi.mp/selvedge/selvedge-newsletter-no-177925?e=b4676973e5

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10 March: 1. Article: Weaving a Future, 2. Exhibitions, 3. Tracking a weaver, 4. Voluntary Arts, 5. Cockpit Arts: Four Awards, 6. Selvedge

1. Article: Weaving a Future

The Vision Weave Project (Moon Rain Centre, 2019) co-directed by Thoma and Gabby Ewen. Photo © Thoma Ewen
Thoma shares with us her concerns of, on the one hand, an ageing population of artists and, on the other hand, the lack of making and creativity in schools today. The same concerns that Lesley Butterworth expressed in her recent article ‘An idea whose time has come’. (Butterworth, L. March 2020. Tapestry Weaver issue 27, p. 22).
 
 
 
The weaving continues on The Vision Weave Project (Moon Rain Centre, 2019) co-directed by Thoma and Gabby Ewen. Photo © Thoma Ewen.

Read the article at: Article: Weaving a Future

2. Exhibitions

ArtWorks
ArtWorks exhibition 2020 poster
BTG member Aruna Reddy will be exhibiting her tapestries with Artworks Art Group at the

POSK Gallery
238 – 246 King Street
Hammersmith
W6 0RF

Saturday 21 March to Friday 3 April 2020
Private view and opening: Saturday 21 March from 3 pm
Opening times: 10 am to 10 pm (closing at 5 pm on Friday 3 April)

Nearest tube: Ravenscourt Park

https://www.facebook.com/ArtworksArtGroup/

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Tapestry exhibition at the Kunsthal, Rotterdam

Jane Kirby writes:

Last week I was lucky enough to visit this exhibition at its current location in Munich, but because it won’t be there much longer, it might be worth advertising the next location, in Rotterdam, where it will open at the end of March. It was well worth going in my opinion, though of course I don’t know exactly how it will be presented in Rotterdam.

https://www.kunsthal.nl/en/plan-your-visit/exhibitions/extralarge/

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Textiles – Women Designers of the Twentieth Century
18 April – 24 May
PREVIEW: Friday 17 April

Messums Wiltshire
Place Farm, Court St, Tisbury,
Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW

https://messumswiltshire.com/textile-women-designers/

3. Trying to track down a weaver

In the eNews of 7 February Ann Petherick asked for information on the weaver of the Duckworth tapestry. She has found an image that might help.

Duckworth tapestry

Ann Petherick
Kentmere House Gallery
53 Scarcroft Hill
York YO24 1DF
t: 01904 656507
e: ann@kentmerehouse.co.uk
w: www.kentmerehouse.co.uk
http://www.kentmerehouse.co.uk/

4. Voluntary Arts: Get Creative Festival

The Get Creative Festival is the UK’s biggest celebration of creativity. Last year, more than 120,000 people took part in creative events and activities across the country and the festival reached millions of people through broadcast coverage and online content. As you have hopefully already seen, the festival is now open for event listings. There are more than 200 events already on the interactive map and we’re aiming for 2,000+ to be part of the festival from Saturday 9 May – Sunday 17 May.

Get Creative Festival: https://getcreativeuk.com/

Voluntary Arts: https://www.voluntaryarts.org/

5. Cockpit Arts: Four Awards at Cockpit Arts Open for Application

We are delighted to announce that there are four Cockpit Arts Awards now open for applications. All Awards comprise business support provided by Cockpit Arts as well as subsidised studio space for one year.

The Cockpit Arts / The Clothworkers’ Company Awards
Open to graduates within the last five years, these awards aim to assist weavers to set up in business. Weavers can be working in any form, for example, creating products; visual art; working with mills and making samples for industry.
Deadline for applications: 5pm, Tuesday 14 April 2020

The Cockpit Arts / Clear Insurance Award
Aims to support professional makers who have been in business for less than three years and aspire to develop their craft business in any craft discipline.
Deadline for applications: 5pm, Friday 17 April 2020

The Cockpit Arts / Turners’ Company Award
Open to an aspiring or established turner i.e. someone who practices the art and craft of turning on a lathe in wood or any other materials. The Award will help by providing space and time to develop their craft practice.
Deadline for applications: 5pm, Monday 4 May 2020

The Cockpit Arts / Newby Trust Craft Excellence Awards
Aims to support two makers to practice their individual craft at a key stage in their skill development, to grow as an independent maker and to support their craft business to achieve financial sustainability.
Deadline for applications: 5pm, Thursday 14 May 2020

Further details and application forms are available to download from our website: https://cockpitarts.com/awards-bursaries/

or please contact Maxine Clark at maxine@cockpitarts.com for further information or to express an interest.

6. Selvedge

Fine Art Textiles Award.
Entries are now being invited for The Fine Art Textiles Award 2020, now in its 2nd year…

Read the story. https://www.selvedge.org/blogs/selvedge/fine-art-textiles-award-2020

Contemporary Textiles Fair.
The Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington, will host this annual Fair…

Read the story. https://www.selvedge.org/blogs/selvedge/the-contemporary-textiles-fair-2020

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7 March: 1. Membership Renewals, 2. Threads in Sheds 2021, 3. What’s on your loom, 4. Erratum to TW, 5. Tapestry Weavers who Teach, 6. Interested in a Welsh BTG Group?

1. Membership Renewals

For the majority of members, your current BTG membership will end on the 31st March. We have lots to entice you to renew: a new website coming soon, the member’s discount from Weavers Bazaar, the opportunity to exhibit with BTG, more local groups (have you thought of the benefits of Group Membership if you weave with others?) and, of course, Tapestry Weaver Magazine!

Renew your membership now

2. Interested in a Welsh BTG Group?

If you live a reasonable distance from Carmarthen and would be interested in having a local BTG Group in your area, then Angie Willis would love to hear from you. You can contact Angie at angelawillis22@icloud.com

3. Threads in Sheds 2021

We are pleased let you all know that we have now established who will be the jurors for the selection process for the exhibition Threads in Sheds.
Marie Page- Senior weaver at Whitchurch Silk Mill, Joan Baxter and William Jefferies, internationally renowned tapestry weavers.
Thank you for your expressions of interest, please keep weaving and we will update you on the developments of this exhibition.

4. What’s on your loom

Katie and Clare have organised our next ‘What’s on my Loom’ for 2020

This will be:-

Saturday 21st March and Sunday 22nd March

A – M (surname) send to Clare Coyle at: clarecoyletapestry@gmail.com

N – Z send to Katie Russell at: tulipsrussell@gmail.com

5. Erratum to Tapestry Weaver, Issue 27, page 12

Please note that in the article ‘Hannah Ryggen: Weaving the World’ the banner image credit should read:

‘Woven Histories’, Modern Art Oxford, 2017 © Modern Art Oxford.

And in the introductory paragraph (in the red box) the exhibition was called ‘Woven Histories’ at Modern Art Oxford.

6. Tapestry Weavers who Teach

Following an advert for teaching finishing techniques we have received several requests from our Members asking for any teachers in their areas.
One was from Scotland another the Hertfordshire and west and another from Australia. I replied to these requests by saying I would ask our Members to let us know whether they teach so people can approach them for information. Please, if you teach weaving, beginners to advanced, specific areas or general, please let us know so we can add you to our ‘Members who teach’ page on the Website. On the new Website it will be much more prominent and easier to navigate for those who want to find a teacher.

If you teach but do not want to add your name to our list, please let us know why.

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