Hidden Depths, is a wonderful display of work by Linda Maynard's students, "showcasing a variety of surface design techniques and their application through a selection of art quilts and art cloth". The extract from the publicity flyer encapsulates the nature of this part of the show. The works are full of depth, vibrant colour and texture - a beautiful display.
The exhibition, Orientation, by SiX and Friends, shows wonderful work by the mother and daughter team, Linda and Laura Kemshall, Ineke Berlyn, Edwina Mackinnon and Catherine Nicholls; I loved the pieces by Annabel Rainbow, especially the nude female figure pouring tea. Using text for quilting on the body gave texture and line and I felt it was a celebration of women growing older. Just lovely. I also thought the work by Stephanie Redfern was striking in its clean lines and limited colours - gorgeous.
The work by Angie Hughes and her students, Riches of Stitches, was, by contrast, richly coloured, intricate and highly embellished - a visual feast for the eyes.
The last exhibition was Creative Explorations, the work of Bren Boardman and her ten Independent Study Group students, of which I was privileged to be one. This show has a wide range of work - Tracy Allen's theme of mussels was shown in a textile bowl and mobile; Susan King's explorations of the palm tree was shown in two wall hangings with beautiful quilting; the lively colours in Sarah Shower's wall quilt and cushions were stunning pinks, purples and yellows; Gill Austen-Smith exhibited a textile wall hanging depicting scenes from Switzerland, using photographic images as well as a wide range of stitch; Pippa Hutchins had explored felting and her four wall hangings almost vibrated with colour; June Jessop's theme was Threads of Memories, two hand-made books using materials and ephemera collected over decades; Gerry Rooney is a ceramicist and her work was porcelain birds, some in a wire cage and some free; Philippa Laughton is experimenting with tweeds and her pieces included richly coloured fabrics from her recent trip to Bhutan; Diana Sharvill showed three small framed pieces depicting lichen in Iceland as well as two works using 3-D flowers; Bren Boardman has a wonderful large landscape in her trademark paint and stitch on Lutrador - just glorious. I showed three pieces, a wall hanging and a framed piece depicting teasels and using teabags, as well as Stratified Sunflowers.
So, if you should find yourself in the Northampton area, do go to this show - you will not be disappointed. Of course, you could always make the trip especially to see the exhibitions!