The latest 62 Group of Textile Artists’ exhibition opens today at the Constance Howard Gallery which is housed in the old Deptford Town Hall building on New Cross Road, London, SE14.
The 62 Group has a strong link with Goldsmiths as many of the exhibiting members were past students and indeed teachers. “Small Talk”, as the title suggests, brings together new small-scale work in a range of mediums in response to the gallery space.
Now the dust has settled from my week in London I will show you some of the highlights of the 62 Group ‘Package Tour’ stand at Alexandra Palace. My favourite has to be Audrey Walker’s ‘Still Life’ a simple still life featuring a gin bottle. A masterful use of a simple straight stitch. The piece reminds me of what I was taught at Goldsmiths by Constance Howard in the 1970s which is that we stitchers don’t need to know hundreds of stitches we just need to use the ones we do know well. See my full review of the show at : http://www.textileartist.org/review-of-the-knitting-stitching-show-alexandra-palace-2012/
Two more highlights for me which show the diversity of the group are Heather Belcher’s felt ‘Blanket’ and Helen Weston’s ‘Chink in the Armour’ which are also shown below.
What a stimulating day it was yesterday. First my copy of the new 62 Group book RADICALTHREADdropped through the letterbox, closely followed by my copy of SELVEDGE magazine. Nether disappointed me.
Audrey Walker MBE, Alice Kettle, Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn, and Tilleke Schwarz are all in the RADICALTHREADbook which profiles 57 current members of the 62 group, including myself and gives an insight into the innovation and the creativity of the group which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.My piece Family with Fish is featured on page 112.
I spent last night reading it and I can tell you it is a great read. Let me know YOUR thoughts on the book.
SELVEDGE magazine is an equally good read this month. My favourite article is written by June Hill and is called Strong Influence. It outlines the influence a good teacher has on their student. It was of particular interest to me as I was lucky enough to have been taught at Goldsmiths by Constance Howard, Christine Risley and Eirian Short who are featured in the article alongside Audrey Walker and Alice Kettle who are fellow members of the 62 group.
There is also a great article called Thouroughly Modern Mode which champions the allure of demure clothing.This definitely appeals to me. I gave up exposing any body parts in public years ago!