On Friday last week I met a friend in Sunderland, who introduced me to the Frederick Street Gallery in Sunderland (contact details at the end of the post).
We went to see an exhibition in the gallery entitled ‘Threads’ by Dr Kath Price, Textile Artist and Tutor. ‘Threads’ also included work by guest artists Gaynor Devaney and Juli Poulton but the majority of the work on display was a Kath Price retrospective, which included a variety of textile techniques including mat-making (in the traditional ‘proggy-mat’ or ‘clippy-mat’ style), embroidery, applique, patchwork, fabric manipulation and fabric sculpture. The selection that I bought of four postcards of pieces from the exhibition gives a flavour of the range of skills on view.
A selection of mats, mounted on the wall as hangings, included this one, which I loved for its highly tactile quality and soft colours.
There was an interesting extended piece, made over the course of a year, exploring the maker’s relationship with fabrics by Laura Ashley. Of course, I particularly enjoyed the pieces of traditional patchwork, pieced over paper.
The artist included interesting labels as part of the art-work, documenting some of the fabrics, like an display caption in a museum.
My favourite exhibit was a row of brightly coloured and embellished aprons, joyfully linked together and spread across the width of the gallery wall. Delicious!
The exhibition continues until 13 June 2019.
Next week I will be giving you the instructions to make the sixth twelve-inch patchwork block in my series ‘Make a quilt in 2019’. The week after will be a second post from Liverpool (see last week’s post for the first half of the visit, including pasta-making).
This is my ‘Little Leaf – Pink’ fabric. You can find it here.
Frederick Street Gallery, 22A Athenaeum Street (Lower Floor, Frederick Street), Sunniside Quarter, Sunderland SR1 1DH