Textile Study Group

artists and tutors sharing ideas imagination and skills



The exhibition and accompanying publication,  was launched at Festival of Quilts, NEC, Birmingham 29 July – 1 August 2021

About Insights

Insights was a reflection on creative practice in textile art. Through the exhibition and accompanying publication, which launched at the Festival of Quilts, the Textile Study Group share their varied approaches to artistic practice: where ideas come from; how we develop and make work; where we work. All approaches are relevant, and our differences are celebrated.

Insights was curated by June Hill and the accompanying publication is edited by June Hill and Dr Melanie Miller, with essay contributions from Jane McKeating, Polly Binns and Claire Barber.

The Textile Study Group members’ work is varied in the themes addressed and techniques employed. Methods of work include hand stitch, machine stitch, quilting, constructed textiles, pieced textiles, lace-making, mixed-media, sketchbooks and drawing, print, dye, in both two and three dimensions. The Insights exhibition included work in progress and elements of process, as well as ‘finished’ work.

The Textile Study Group was originally established in 1973 to promote a high standard of design in stitched textiles and the teaching of embroidery. We currently have 25 members: experienced professional tutors, authors and exhibitors, who meet twice a year to work with an established artist and develop challenging experimental work and discussion dialogues. We also work with a mentor to have our work reviewed every 5 years, maintaining our individual standards and personal challenges.

Insights included work by Lois Blackburn, Bobby Britnell, Jenny Bullen, Sarah Burgess, Penny Burnfield, Rosemary Campbell, Jean Draper, Janet Edmonds, Jan Evans, Alice Fox, Kay Greenlees, Gwen Hedley, Ruth Issett, Alison King, Sian Martin, Jan Miller, Sheila Mortlock, Amarjeet Nandhra, Mandy Pattullo, Shelley Rhodes, Mary Sleigh, Julia Triston, Dorothy Tucker, Ann Wheeler.

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