Tuesday, 17 July 2012

...some images of the gallery space at Musgrove Park....

Louise Watson

My work is a celebration of the craft of stitching, darning, mending and replacing a lost button. With much time and thought this then becomes an avenue for expression, elevated beyond the merely practical. The origin of darning is to make good a worn surface, but it can be decorative. A humble button can be more than functional. I come from 3 generations of professional dress-makers and with 30 years experience of embroidery I continue to “mend my ways” and meditate on the art of stitching.

                                                                        Liz Hewitt

Cloth is the silent companion of us all; used to protect, comfort and decorate. Since being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, working with fabric has become an essential part of my life. The process of stitching calms my mind and body, like  meditating, helping to heal and mend my body and  bringing a warm glow to my soul.  These pieces express the thoughts and emotions felt as I sew.

                           Images and artists statements of a selection of the work currently at             Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton...

                                                                      Linda Babb

                                                Linda's work in the centre of this cabinet. 

 ‘The mending of clothing, underwear and household linens, though wearisome is nevertheless very necessary and no woman should be ignorant of the best methods of doing it. There is much merit in knowing how to repair the damage caused by wear and tear or by accident, as in the perfect making of new articles’        

                                                                   Carolyn Sibbald

Originally a graphic artist, later studying textiles, forming an eclectic approach to surface design.
Carolyn uses natural fabrics and mixed media, recycling in unusual ways, sizing the discarded and looking at it afresh.
Exploring different medium, she embellishes hard and soft surfaces which retain that graphic sensibility.

                                                                        Carla Mines

I have spent many years looking at the detrimental practices of modern man on Earth, especially in the increased production and disposal of plastic. ‘Mending my Ways’ meant that I had to look at the other side of me, the optimistic side that recognises the enduring power of nature. The quotation in Braille says,
‘What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, God calls a butterfly.’

                                                                         Lizzie Weir

I repair my husbands clothes, 
we repair our children's wounds, 
you repair my heart, 
they repair their relationship, 
he repairs the car,
she repairs...
I repair, we repair, you repair, he repairs, she repairs, they repair

The intention was that this work had the delicacy and transparency of lace, but an integral strength, a history, a memory. All of the fabric used has undergone a journey, much has been stitched, torn, re-worked, repaired, mended, by many hands before it came into mine. It is important to me that this shows within the work, that every stitch, join and repair is visible. I wanted the piece to be a whisper, barely there, but to have the strength of a bandage, to have repaired, to have mended. 

                                                                    Alison Harper   
                                                              Leave only footsteps

For this exhibition I am re-working a textile piece made many years ago, re-assessing and re-evaluating it. This I see as a kind of ‘mending’, of making better, of making it useful again.
On examining the piece I discovered I had interlined it with a winceyette sheet that had belonged to my mother, this brought immediate memories of stockpiled linen cupboards and suitable uses for old, worn sheets.


                                                                    Loads of balls

These tennis balls have in a way been ‘mended’, re-invented as decorative objects, rescued from what fate I am not sure. The outer layer of wool, still made at a mill in Stroud has been ‘darned ‘, and by using embroidery, applique, beads and gold-work  these  balls have assumed individual identities belying their industrial manufacture.

                                                                      Liz Harding

Colour and the ways it can be mixed has always fascinated Liz, whether it be with paint and a brush or thread and a needle.
She was taught to darn at school, to make do and mend; and she still enjoys its repetitive build up of surface.
The simple crossing of lines of thread has become a way to explore the effect of colour whether as a drawing medium as in ‘Five Figure Studies’ or simply to delight in the dynamic way colours work with each other as in ‘Five by Four Colour Animation’


Saturday, 7 July 2012


Just a couple of lovely mentions to share with you!

Scrapiana mentions 'Curiously Enough' here
Ann Rippin mentions it here!
BIG thanks both!

Please pop over and have a look at their blogs too for inspiration, knowledge, visual feasts - textile heaven!

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Mending My Ways at Musgrove Park Hospital - Susi

Mending My Ways  has been attracting many visitors at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton!
My work includes some pieces made especially for the hospital context called 'Don't Forget to Wash Your Hands!'

Do have a browse on my blog for more posts and details about this work which is close to my heart!
So enjoying visiting the hospital to see and hear responses to all our work!

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

This tiny piece of work is at the Musgrove Hospital exhibition ' Mending my Ways'. Fragments of my sisters natural dyed fabrics are darned and pieced together into a little seascape. It is an irregular shape because I just used a scrap of linen to work on and I bound the edges.