T.S.G: Making 50

The Textile Study Group, formerly The Practical Studies Group, celebrated their fiftieth anniversary with an exhibition, initially in Peebles and more recently at The Ropewalk Gallery, Barton upon Humber, Lincolnshire, which I visited just over a week ago.

The group was established in 1973 by Constance Howard to support embroidery tutors. At the gallery the twenty-four current members showed pieces using the ‘theme’ of 50. The image above shows twenty-five squares, one from each artist which represents their exhibit. The twenty-fifth square is golden to represent the 50th Anniversary milestone – Making: 50

Above left: Codex 2: A Fifty Year Manuscript by Jean Draper.

middle: 50cm of rock by Gwen Hedley.

right: “Next Slide Please” – a teacher’s collection by Sian Martin.

left, Entangled (a detail, because I was struck by the shadow cast on the gallery wall) by Shelley Rhodes.

middle, 50 Golden Balls by Janet Edmonds.

right, Logic v. Instinct by Ruth Issett

(left) … and counting … by Jan Miller. (right) A detail of the shelf because I loved the iron box and the book called Modern Home Laundrywork.

On The Red List = Fewer than Fifty – Kay Greenlees

Here I have only shown the work of eight artists but I think it gives a good flavour of a really interesting exhibition which was well worth the journey. The exhibition at The Ropewalk Gallery is on until the 26th November then moves to The Crafts Study Centre in Farnham in January. (textilestudygroup.co.uk for more information)

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