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

Lasered London Plane Pom Pom Tree

A different perspective of the Pom Pom Tree aka a London Plane Tree – laser scanned by Peter Merrett

Peter says ” The colours – The laser scanner records the 3D position of each point it surveys, but it also records the amount of energy returned from each point. This is a measure of it’s reflectivity and in the laser scanning world we call it ‘intensity’. The computer then applies an artificial colour to each different intensity.

You can select different colour ranges.

This also means that you can scan in the dark, but still get the same colour variation which is dependent on how reflective the surface is”

…thanks to Peter Merrett

More Pompoms

Family fun making pompoms with young Stuart pleased with his efforts in the garden!

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!