Stroud International Textiles – Pairings Open

Well – we made it!

Click on the link below to view all the selected films shown at the 2012 Stroud International Textiles Pairings launch party! Hope many of you can visit this year’s exhibitions and events  and follow the artists’ blogs about their collaborative work.

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Pompom Sue ……. Sue Prichard

We were joined on the train to Taunton on the setting up day for the exhibition by Sue Prichard, Curator of Contemporary Textiles at the V&A.

She put down the vagina she was embroidering – she was stitching this as her daughter is a member of The Shoreditch Sisters, an urban WI Group with a strong interest in craft, who have a current campaign against female genital mutilation – and joined us in a bit of light-hearted pompom making. She eventually got the hang of it and afterwards admitted to feeling ‘quite spent’ whereupon we were about to reach for the smelling salts – but after a short rest she perked up and was able to enjoy the rest of the journey!

We are indebted to Sue for her insight and professionalism in curating our Exhibition ‘Mapping the Future: Where Are You Now’

Credit to Jane Barker for the photo

Pompom Post

Don’t worry, you still have time!

Pompoms needed, as we are stretching the Trail of the Pompoms from the Railway Station to the Brewhouse. Any shape or size accepted!

Recent developments include something exciting planned for the main plane tree outside the Brewhouse -watch this space…

making on the journey

Off to meet Sue Prichard from the V&A to discuss Mapping the Future exhibition at the Brewhouse in Taunton – public pompom activity took place whizzing along on the train!

Here we are making for curious passengers to see!

One made and up for viewing!

When we arrived at the Brewhouse there was a pom pom tree outside – got us thinking!

Sue was excited about the possibilities for our show and full of curatorial ideas – made so much progress thinking it all through!

So we celebrated on the way home with more making… a good way of showing ‘where are you now’ –  mapping makers, sharing a skill, highlighting textiles for everyone to enjoy!

pompoms in the making!

Alison is inviting you to get your hands on some yarn and make more pompoms…

We want to know where, who with and when they are made and for you to take an image of them so we can make a networking map of makers. We would also like you to share this making skill with others.

So – make some pompoms, maybe have a pompom party, take an image, send it as a jpeg with some details about it to Alison!