Textiles is an art form unlike any other. Like traditional artists, embroiderers use colour and form as a base, but an entirely new layer of design comes into play when stitches are added. As the thread travels across the surface, stitches create paths which can direct the viewer’s eye, create a focal point, draw or deflect attention from a particular element, and create a texture that is at once visual and physical. By using techniques as diverse as mixed media, felting, machine and hand stitching (to name a few), the artists produce unique and high quality pieces which can add another dimension to pieces.
Capability Brown’s style derived from the two practical principles of comfort and elegance. On the one hand, a determination that everything should work, that a landscape should provide for every need of the great house. On the other, landscapes had to cohere and look elegant. As the first ever celebration of Brown’s work, the Capability Brown Festival 2016 brought together a huge range of events and the Embroiderers’ Guild was delighted to be a Festival Partner and contribute to the celebrations with a series of unique textile exhibitions at venues across the country. Using the landscape and gardens as their inspiration, members interpreted these using fabric and thread to create unique pieces of work. The 46 exhibitions attracted large numbers of visitors, in many cases attracting people to see the embroideries, who then discovered the wonderful Capability Brown landscapes.
The Embroiderers’ Guild was originally formed in 1906 by a group of 16 ladies with the primary aim of maintaining high standards of embroidery. Today, over 100 years later, the Embroiderers' Guild welcomes everyone with an interest in any area of embroidery and they continue to promote high quality work and design. Textile art now embraces the world of mixed media, print making and dyeing with rust, amongst others. The Guild undertake and support research into embroidery and past crafts and hold a renowned collection of fine examples of embroidery and costume which we display as widely and often as possible.
Don't miss the upcoming opportunity to see the Embroiderers' Guild's latest exhibition, A Stitched Legacy, a display of unique and specially created textile work based around the typically English scene of landscape and stately gardens. The exhibition is on show in the Carriage House Restaurant at Chatsworth, Derbyshire, located in the beautiful 18th century stable block designed by James Paine, (whose tercentenary is celebrated in 2017).
Carriage House Restaurant at Chatsworth, Derbyshire
Exhibition dates: February 1st - May 10th 2017
For more information please visit their website
Image above to the right: by Pam Hayes
Image above to the left: Cadland by Susan Taylor
About the Author: Alex Messenger, The Embroiderers' Guild.