Saturday, April 1, 2017

What's on in April

Lisa Leigh's works are created using mainly recycled materials that push her creativity & uphold her ethos of non wastage of re-usable goods.

© Lisa Leigh

"Eco Alkhemy – Raised embroideries created from recycled materials"
7.15 pm on 12 April 2017
at Iffley Village Church Hall, Iffley, OX4 4EG.

Visitors welcome £6.00

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

What's on in March

Inspired by her love of nature and fairytales, Isabel Howe's current work consists of sewn, laser cut wooden scenes using surrealism as a theme. Isabel experiments with scale to create mysterious and intriguing pieces of work which play with your imagination. She finds that a narrative informs her work and enjoys making pieces which brings the viewer into a story world.

© Isabel Howe

"My Floral Travels"
7.15 pm on 8 March 2017
at Iffley Village Church Hall, Iffley, OX4 4EG.

Visitors welcome £6.00

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

What's on in February

"Taxtiles" is a merge of two words "Textile & Taxidermy" Breaking the boundaries to create edgy unique pieces of artwork/gifts for the home and business. Some items are what is called “textile taxidermy” in which techniques used in taxidermy are translated into fabric, yarn and thread. Becky Dick then uses her own style and process called weave binding™ to create these wonderful creatures. No animals were harmed in the writing of this blog.

© Becky Dick

"Taxtiles"
7.15 pm on 8 February 2017
at Iffley Village Church Hall, Iffley, OX4 4EG.

Visitors welcome £6.00

Sunday, January 1, 2017

What's on in January

Jessa Fairbrother practice is largely concerned with gesture, making explicit the moment when the donor of the gesture and the gaze of the viewer collide. Jessa says, "I am fascinated by how we perform ourselves continuously, role-playing our identities responding to the ongoing performance of others. In doing so I search for communal meanings defined and given shape through the presence of a figure - this is mostly my own - and make long-term work about how this writes itself upon the body. The purpose of thread, mark-making and stitch are central, physically piercing and extending the image-object beyond a single time and space."

© Jessa Fairbrother

"Stitching myself into the image: embroidering the photograph"
7.15 pm on 11 January 2017
at Iffley Village Church Hall, Iffley, OX4 4EG.

Visitors welcome £6.00

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

What's on in November

Sally Richardson’s work aims to both celebrate and critique vintage textile pieces. It explores both their social and gendered nature using three key themes. The first theme is repetition. Using a range of knitting, crochet, lace, and tatting to inform her drawing, she hopes to give a sense of the methodical and monotonous nature of both the textile pieces and her drawing. Second, using doilies as an example, Sally aims to show how these were used as a symbol of respectability and femininity but have since become redundant, now more likely to be viewed as out of date and a sign of old age. Third, by creating drawings on pages of instructional textile magazines Sally tries to highlight the way in which the instructions actively prevent creativity by providing a set of compulsory steps which undermine any artistic intervention.

© Sally Richardson

"The Art of the Doily"
7.15 pm on 9 November 2016
at Iffley Village Church Hall, Iffley, OX4 4EG.

Visitors welcome £6.00

Thursday, September 1, 2016

What's on in September

Aimee Payton gives an introduction to the Textile Collections, highlighting unique and interesting objects and embroidered items.

© The Ashmolean Museum

"Textile Collections at the Ashmolean"
7.15 pm on 14 September 2016
at Iffley Village Church Hall, Iffley, OX4 4EG.

Visitors welcome £6.00

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

What's on in June

Alison Hulme: Why, When and How. A different sort of story.

© Alison Hulme

"My Life in Stitch"
7.15 pm on 8 June 2016
at Iffley Village Church Hall, Iffley, OX4 4EG.

Visitors welcome £6.00

Sunday, May 1, 2016

What's on in May

Caroline Bell will be talking about her journey to becoming an Embroiderers’ Guild Scholar, what happened during the year, how she spent the grant, and what happened next.

© Caroline Bell

"My year as Embroiderers’ Guild Scholar"
7.15 pm on 11 May 2016
at Iffley Village Church Hall, Iffley, OX4 4EG.

Visitors welcome £6.00

Friday, April 1, 2016

What's on in April

Harriet Stiles will be discussing her journey as a self-employed jewellery designer to date - the influence of nature, flora and fauna, and rural Herefordshire, with an underlying desire to contemporise traditional needlework, by designing and making flamboyant adornments.

© Harriet Stiles

"Embroidered Adornments"
7.15 pm on 13 April 2016
at Iffley Village Church Hall, Iffley, OX4 4EG.

Visitors welcome £6.00

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Grand Bridge III

A felted view of the grand bridge by Young Embroiderer Ela Ergeneli, age 7.

The Grand Bridge by Ela Ergeneli

2016 is the 300th anniversary of 'Capability' Brown's birth and to commemorate the occassion the Embroiderers' Guild will be joining a nationwide celebration.

Blenheim Palace is one of the finest examples of Brown's work. As part of a range of activies to clebrate the life and works of 'Capability' Brown the Palace is hosting an exhibition in partnership with the Embroiderers' Guild and a local art group.

Members of Newbury, Oxford, Windsor and Maidenhead, and Wokingham branches together with the Young Embroiderers of Oxford Branch have contributed nearly 100 unique and specially created art works for this exhibition.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Enduring Legacy

Fabric paints, applique, dissolvable fabric with machine and hand stitching, using a variety of threads. By Sarah Dickinson.

Enduring Legacy by Sarah Dickinson

Enduring Legacy, detail

2016 is the 300th anniversary of 'Capability' Brown's birth and to commemorate the occassion the Embroiderers' Guild will be joining a nationwide celebration.

Blenheim Palace is one of the finest examples of Brown's work. As part of a range of activies to clebrate the life and works of 'Capability' Brown the Palace is hosting an exhibition in partnership with the Embroiderers' Guild and a local art group.

Members of Newbury, Oxford, Windsor and Maidenhead, and Wokingham branches together with the Young Embroiderers of Oxford Branch have contributed nearly 100 unique and specially created art works for this exhibition.