Our Exhibition will be opening soon.. Saturday 24th March and it will run until Thursday 12th April 2018.
Please ring to check opening times over Easter.. we have been assured the venue will be open for business as usual over the Easter period.
Found on the Doorstep
A stitch response to things seen close at hand
Great Western Embroiderers would like to welcome you to Found on the Doorstep, their third exhibition at the John Bowen Gallery, Malmesbury.
The work on show
The work on show is particularly varied this time. Members have explored the theme from many points of view. Some have approached it literally, exploring things seen at home and on their doorstep. Others have looked at what was close at hand when holidaying or travelling in very different places. Still others have focused especially on the ‘found’ aspect of the theme, searching through their stash for fabric, thread or previously unfinished pieces to inspire and create anew.
The techniques employed include hand and machine embroidery and stitch, patchwork and quilting, weaving and the use of original photographs and digital media to generate images. As always, there are many traditional pieces to be seen but there is also abstract work which explores novel ways of working with the old crafts, using unexpected materials or taking an unusual perspective.
Throughout the year, members have taken part in a group challenge to create Sinchies, small pieces 6 inches square where the only limiting factor other than size was the use of specified pairs of colours. These colour combinations were drawn out randomly every two months and members were then left to their own devises to use any style, fabric or thread that took their fancy.
Great Western Embroiderers was formed in 2007. Members share a love of stitch and textiles and have a wide range of skills and interests. Many had very little experience on joining the group. Others had studied for and gained specialist qualifications.
The group meets regularly to stitch together and prepare for exhibitions, exploring new areas of the craft thanks to members who feel able and willing to share their skills, and through occasional visiting speakers, workshops and visits. Meetings are held in Cricklade on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month (except August) and the group now numbers around 20 members who come from north Wiltshire and south Gloucestershire.
This exhibition illustrates the breadth of our interests and we hope that you will enjoy the varied techniques and styles of work on display.