7 STRANDS TEXTILE SYMPOSIUM

Well it’s been a mad couple of weeks getting ready for the Rijswijk Textile Bienniel in the Netherlands. Making sure my work was all prepared,frames retouched and then getting the work packed. Making the boxes was an event of its own! Cutting,taping, joining 2 together for the big pieces and then getting it sent to the Rijswijk Museum in the Netherlands. It arrived in 2 days. Good old DHL Express,fantastic service. 
In amongst all that I found out I had been successful with my Arts Council bid for the 7 Strands at the Minster Textile Symposium and Exhibition so then it was all hell let loose.
Leaflets to be prepared , the website to update, site visits, etc,etc. I feel like I have had no sleep for the last fortnight. Still it will be worth it when it all comes together. 
For more information about the Symposium and Exhibition please visit : 7 Strands
The tickets will be available to buy online from Sue Stone or at Gate Gallery by 26 May 2011.
Please book early to secure your place as tickets are strictly limited.
It’s a real privilege to bring artists of this calibre to my hometown. The Textile Symposium will be a first for Grimsby and we deserve to see the work of National and International artists in this area.The artists Helen Banzhaf , Lucy Brown, Dorothy Ann Daly, Ann Goddard, Christine Gornowicz , Tilleke Schwarz and myself, are all members of the 62 group of textile artists. This event must surely encourage a wider audience and a greater appreciation of Textiles as an art form.

image • Tilleke Schwarz • Fisk (detail) 2010
Our work can be seen in 2 exhibitions:
7 Strands • 2 June to 23 July at Gate Gallery, 12, Brighowgate, Grimsby, DN32 0RA


7 Strands at the Minster • 16 June to 17 July at Grimsby Minster, St James Square, Grimsby
International Textile Artist, Tilleke Schwarz ( Netherlands) and Brighton based Textile Artist, Lucy Brown will be visiting the town on 12 July. Tilleke will give a half day workshop entitled : Telling your own Story and an illustrated lecture; Making sense out of non sense ,at the Symposium. Lucy Brown, who uses vintage and second hand clothing as the raw materials for her practice,will be giving a talk called : Other Peoples Clothes.
I am really looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible at the event.

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