Textiles foundation course exhibition

Last night was the opening of the exhibition of work by students on Morley College’s textiles foundation course, at Morley Gallery. Our tutor, Debby Brown, also teaches the foundation students, so we went and had a look at the exhibition.

It was interesting to see all the techniques that we’ve covered ourselves throughout the year incorporated into the students’ work (albeit at a rather more advanced level – being able to spend two days rather than three hours a week on creating textiles is an obvious advantage!).  There was handmade felt, knitted wire and paper string, heat-set textured synthetics and machine embroidery as well as creative printing.

Perhaps because we haven’t covered printing fabrics, I found the 3D work most interesting. I also enjoyed leafing through the sketchbooks, seeing records of their experiments and sources of inspiration.

Linda Le Pard’s theme of “Empty nester” consisted of several suspended weaver bird nests made of net, paper string or knitted tubes. I particularly liked one made from delicate cobweb felt, above.

Henny Best produced some gorgeous knitted nets and fish traps from wire, paper string and bobbly heat-set fabric, adorned with delicate clusters of machine embroidery, felt and knitted sea anemones.

Miranda Tongeman’s delicate columns of knitted wire combined with wool, felted hessian and jute in autumnal colours,  were inspired by lichens and fungi.

The exhibition runs until 14 July at Morley Gallery, Morley Gallery, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT.


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Flextiles uses shibori, ecoprinting and felting to create original, one-off upcycled pieces. Extending the life of a garment by an extra nine months reduces its environmental impact by 20-30%.

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