Thursday 27 May 2010

Miscellany of Matter

Alison's delicate, frail, paper thin containers were filled with curiosities - things we keep, things we need, things we don't, things we treasure, things we marvel at...

Wednesday 26 May 2010

Corinne's Boxes

Fairy tales - not quite what they seem...
Details from Corinne's work..
If you click on the image you can see it enlarged - I just saw details I missed before.
One of the joys of this blog is being able to look more closely at work at another time - there was so much to see in Curious Drawers! It is like having a ticket to come back and view as many times as you feel like!!

Sunday 23 May 2010

Closing Drawers (for the moment)

Today the drawers are gently closed for now...

We have had over two thousand visitors since 1st May and will post some of the comments from our Visitors Book. It has been a wonderfully received show and thank you to all our visitors, to The Space, to the shops who displayed our work and to The Stroud International Textile Festival.
The exhibition is travelling on and details of it's next opening will be posted on here and our main website along with plans for our next events.
Meanwhile we still have much to share on this blog about our work so don't go away! More later..

Detail, Liz Harding

Thursday 20 May 2010

Stroud Scarlet

Hi - this is an interesting development to Holes in your Drawers!
I bet you can see how it seems to link to the Stroud Scarlet work at the Festival!! I wonder who did it?!

Wednesday 19 May 2010

Carolyn - close up

Here is an image of Carolyn's little chest with each drawer filled with treasures for you to see.
The origami is very fine - I love the butterflies!

Janet Haigh

If you click on this link you can read Janet's blog and keep updated with her work.
Janet visited the Stroud Festival and Curious Drawers and you can read her thoughts and comments.
Janet Haigh: her work

Good luck with the blog Janet and keep in touch!

Sunday 16 May 2010

Holes in your Drawers!

Alison's chest of drawers begun as a charcoal painted chest drilled all over with intriguing holes and a drawer filled with threads of varied colour, texture, thicknesses and possibilities for stitch.
It took off quickly and looks so inviting that there has been great enthusiasm to 'have a go'.
Here are a few images - there is still time to come and enjoy the exhibition and contribute to this interactive piece. Don't forget that to see more of our blog go to the bottom of the page, find on the right hand side 'older posts' and click to scroll back - or go to 'blog archive' on the right hand side and click on a title or a month you want to view!

The final step in the shop trail!

So - here we are at the end of the shop trail images.
Thanks to In Print, 31, High Street, Stroud where the window display includes this beautifully sensitive piece by Lizzie. Still plenty of time to do our trail - a whole week to go till 22nd May!

Saturday 15 May 2010

Holes in your Drawers!

Tomorrow we will post some images of Alison's interactive work so you can see how it is evolving..
Meanwhile as a glimpse, here are Lila and her Dad stitching this morning.

Shop Trail - where next?

Here are a couple more shop trail clues!
The Children's Bookshop, 10, Union Street, Stroud has attracted many viewers to look at Corinne's work in the window.

And thanks to Yards Ahead, 6-7 Withey's Yard, High Street, Stroud too!

..a detail from Kay's work
One more shop to find out about - whose will it be?!

Friday 14 May 2010

Mapping the Trail

This is the map for following our trail which is available from The Space, Lansdown, Stroud where you can visit us. Click on the image to enlarge it. We also need to thank The Space for looking after us SO well - do check out their website too!
The Space, Stroud's Arts Centre

Broderers Shop Trail

Here are a few more of our shop trail images. It really is fantastic to see the support Stroud shops have given to the Festival. Huge thanks to all of you! Please follow our trail and visit these lovely places.

Alison's work is to be discovered in Time after Time, 30 High Street, Stroud.

Carolyn's is to be spotted in Heritage in Stroud, 22, George Street, Stroud

Linda's can be viewed in Sew and So, 1, Lansdown, Stroud

The rest will be posted over the weekend!

Thursday 13 May 2010


Lizzie reminded me today that I seem to have forgotten to put up many images of my own work! Here are a couple of 'hands' - drawn, stitched hands with a focus on the quality of line - pen, free machine drawn, and the lines made by hanging threads. The hands are my mother's, my own, and my little niece's.

More Glimpses!!

Some people have asked how to look back at our posts - scroll to the bottom of this page and look at the right hand side which says 'older posts' - click on this and you can start to scroll through our current 40 posts!!! Alternatively look through the 'blog archive' section on the right hand side and click on any month to see older posts - hope it works!
Meanwhile - here are some images Louise has taken to add to our rolling collection - thanks Louise!




Wednesday 12 May 2010

The shop trail!

Here is an image of the shop window for Cotswold Sewing, 7a Lansdown, Stroud where Chris' piece is to be found if you are curiously looking...

Kay's artist research work

Secluded numbering systems in nature and coded significances are the substance of Kay's current research. Kay's practice seeks to translate some aspects of her discoveries about proportional relationships into cloth.

So - curious and curiouser!

Family hands that hand made items on Susi's chest of drawers are drawn and stitched onto a fine layer of 'dust sheet' evoking the wrapping, protective enveloping of treasures. The chair was made by her great grandfather who made one for each of his children.

A detail from Lizzie's 'Meet June at the Tate'

More will follow!

Chris' hidden treasures and memories revealed

This last one has the feel of travelling too!

Sharing Images from the Exhibition

Here are more images of work from Curious Drawers.
We will post work from everyone over the next weeks, but it seems a good idea to post as pictures come in so here we go!! Thanks to Chris for the photos.

Alison's 'Miscellany of Matter' drawers followed by an image of 'Holes in your Drawers!' - our interactive stitch opportunity of which more later.....

Louise's 4 small chests are inspired by the natural world

Linda's Jimmys Bazaar

A piece from Corinne's fairy tales

Saturday 8 May 2010

More Glimpses

Here are a few more images of work in our Curious Drawers Exhibition.
We were delighted to welcome nearly 200 visitors today! It has also been a joy that people have been coming back for another browse and bringing family and friends as well.




Thanks again to Louise for the photography.

Thursday 6 May 2010

Glimpses of Curious Drawers

Here are the first few images revealing a glimpse of some Curious Drawers. More will follow this week.
Please come and visit our Brunel Broderers exhibition at The Space, Stroud and all the varied and exciting events that are part of the Stroud International Textile Festival 2010 (see links for details).





Wednesday 5 May 2010

Shop Trail Fun

Chris has a piece of work in Cotswold Sewing Machines, 7A, Lansdown, Stroud. GL51BB
It is not this image, but here is a clue so have a look and see if you can spot it!

Tuesday 4 May 2010

Stroud BB Shop Trail

'My boxes are in a glass cabinet in Sahara on the High Street. Please go in and admire.
Most are for sale. Beware nice clothes in shop (I have succumbed myself!).' Louise

Sunday 2 May 2010

Preparations for Curious Drawers

So, here are a few images of setting up the exhibition on Friday!
Thanks to Louise for the great photos.
Corinne and Linda
Susi, Alison and Lizzie
Liz and Kay
And next week view the blog to see images of our work as the exhibition is open for visiting and viewing at The Space, Stroud where this year's Stroud International Textile Festival is in full swing