Fashion, Embrodery and Craft

It makes such a change for me to be at a show and not be demonstrating.  Instead I was stewarding the Nolitex exhibition called A Question Of Identity.  This is the most recent showing of a touring exhibition that went to Ireland amongst other places and contained about 45 pieces of work (only a few of which could we have on display at the NEC).  For those of you who are entirely Friendly Plastic addicts and not in to textiles, this probably would not have interested you as much as it does those that love textile art.  But one of the lovely things about the Fashion, Embroidery and Craft show was that Sewing for Pleasure and Hobbycraft shows were on at the same time and the halls were open to each other, so it all blended from one area in to the next.  This meant that the papercrafters got to see and be blown away by the textile art, and the stitching folk got to discover all the wonderful bits and bobs for sale that the paper crafters take for granted!

It was a real joy to see so many people come and visit our stand at the NEC during th show this last week, and it was a pleasure to chat to so many keen folk who appreciated seeing the diversity of art on  show.  I am not just talking about the Nolitex stand but all the other wonderful exhibits as well.    The variety of work was marvellous and every member of Nolitex enjoyed having the chance to see and be inspired by other groups and artists.  However, most of all we loved talking to you about what we are most passionate about – our own work! 

Speaking of which, below are a few images of my work in the exhibition, both are very sculptural, and “Unseen” even contains some Friendly Plastic

Unseen  £420  5′  (1.5m) high

Middle aged woman – invisible as people in their own right.  An appendage: wife, mother, sister, grandmother.  Busy lives, self-importance and a youth culture turn deaf ears and blind eyes to the complexity, richness and value of experience that colour who we really are.

 

The next images are of “Embrace”

“Embrace”  £280  40cm high

A life fulfilled is a life that has embraced every opportunity that has come along – friendships and relationships,love and fear, uncertainty and happiness, duty and responsibility.  The warmth of an embrace colours our future with possibilities

There is no doubt about it, A Question Of Identity certainly hit the mark for many people, they found it easy to identify with the ideas and inspiration behind these most personal of pieces, and they thoroughly enjoyed being able to talk to the artists who created them.  They enjoyed it all so much that they bought every CD catalogue of the exhibition that we had, and we even had to send some out after the event.  It is not in the least surprising as there are 90 images of the work from the whole touring exhibition on the CD, not just images from the selection we had at the NEC.  All this for a mere £4!  So if you missed out and would like a copy then email me at lizwelch@rarebird.ltd.uk and I will send you a copy post haste (P&P UK 50p, at cost elsewhere in the world).

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