The Silk Route: A Never-Ending Journey
The Silk Museum, 16 September to 10 November 2017
This autumn, The Silk Museum will be bursting at the seams with stunning stitchwork by North West textile artists, Threadmill. Founded in 1995, Threadmill have been working tirelessly to promote stitch and textiles through displays and workshops. For this exhibition, the group has taken inspiration from the museum’s collections to create a journey through the countries of the Silk Road.
Each of the 14 members have a very distinct style, using different techniques to interpret the artefacts and express themselves. Their creations range from hand sewn to machine-stitched embroideries, with stumpwork, patchwork, knitted, crocheted, woven and needle-felted elements.
Join Threadmill members for a drop-in craft workshop on Thursday 26 October between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Make a small fabric panel decorated with a Silk Road camel, and embellish it with colourful beads, trimmings and threads. £5 per person, no need to book. Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate.
Threadmill Group Statement:
Threadmill was formed in 1995 by a group of like-minded artists in the North West of England. The members have a wide range of backgrounds; most have recognised vocational qualifications or degrees in Art and Design subjects and many also teach in schools and colleges.
“We all share an enthusiasm for creativity whilst using textiles as our principal means of artistic expression. By working in a group we hope to provide support to the individual and therefore allow each artist to develop, by giving a focus and setting targets. We meet regularly to exchange ideas and are keen to explore new avenues. To create a group identity we work to a theme for each exhibition; this ensures that the work has a common link while allowing individuals to express themselves freely.
We are committed to the promotion of textiles as both a decorative and expressive art form and hope to increase awareness and education through our exhibitions and workshops.”
For more information on Threadmill and its members, visit www.threadmill.org.uk