Another View at Hoxton Arches

Prism is a group showcasing high quality fine art textile practice and craftsmanship, which holds an annual exhibition in London (and sometimes elsewhere – they also exhibited at Birmingham earlier this year).

Their current exhibition at Hoxton Arches Gallery in east London is entitled “Another View”. Here are some of my favourite pieces.

Ross Belton is an artist I’ve followed with interest since his graduation from the Foundation Textiles course at Morley College. “Adornment” is a wonderful display created with found objects and natural foliage born from his obsession with eco dyeing and craftsmen’s tools.

adornment by ross belton

adornment by ross belton

Anita Bruce combined natural history books with delicate baskets and stitching to represent her own natural history.

natural history by anita bruce

Dee Thomas used beautifully subtle hand dyed fabrics and silk thread to interpret the markings on pebbles found on the beach.

Underfoot: the Beach by Dee Thomas

In a brighter vein, Susie Vickery‘s embroidered portraits of Syrian refugees represented them as individuals with hopes and dreams rather than victims.

Aleppo IV by Susie Vickery

Also on the subject of conflict, Jo Coombes‘ print with paper lamination and hand embroidery represents the ruined buildings and shattered lives of wastelands like Aleppo due to intransigent world views.

Catherine Gowthorpe‘s nine intricately embroidered squares explore the variability possible in squares within squares ad infinitum.

Nine Patch View by Catherine Gowthorpe

Another View runs at Hoxton Arches until 29 October.




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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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