Textile Festival May 2009
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Some of the countries leading artist-makers will be appearing at the Stroud International Textile Festival in May 2009.
The Festival is now in its fourth year, and is the UK's only Festival that celebrates and profiles contemporary textile art linked through to traditional textile culture.
The Festival takes place in venues throughout the Stroud Valleys in Gloucestershire. 2009 will see new work from Matthew Harris - Trace Elements ; Jacy Wall – tapestries; Hilary Bower- textiles & mixed media; Mary Butcher - willow and reclaimed materials; Michael Brennand-Wood, Margot Selby, Rachel Gornall and Ruth Waller & Lee Hewett will delight and surprise our senses with colour, texture and movement; Dawn Dupree will be bringing printed textiles alive.
One new venue for 09 is the Made in Stroud shop where selected artists will exhibit their work in Select. Here you can enjoy the work of Dawn Dupree, Ekta Kaul’s wonderful interior textiles, Margo Selby’s woven pieces and more work from the Jewellery showcase. All work is for sale.
The programme is always vibrant and innovative with established international makers exhibiting alongside emerging new talent.
Adding to the diversity of the Festival will be contemporary textile Jewellery Showcase with Jerwood prize winner, Susan Cross heading a fantastic line up of designer/makers. Names include Nora Fok, Nel Linssen, Ursula Hofmann and Lina Peterson are among the 15 makers exhibiting. SIT would like to thank Charmian Adams and Roger Plant for sponsoring this showcase.
The Studio Seven textile artists return with Cut 2 on Fold, a cross-arts project encompassing textiles, installation and dance. www.studio-seven.net
Weekend of 16 and 17 May sees the return of the World Textile sale in a new venue. Check out the Events Page for full details.
The wonderful book stall run by Chrome Yellow Books will join us again in the George Room gallery in Stroud town centre.
We are delighted to have Keith and Julie Tippett, Couple in Spirit, performing on the evening of Sunday May 3rd. This rare appearance in the UK of Julie and Keith, is a wonderful and unique opportunity to hear these two great jazz performers.
Both at the forefront of contemporary European jazz and new music, the evening promises to be a first for Stroud and the Festival.
For a free Events Guide (available from mid-March) please send an A5 self addressed envelope with postage for £1 to the office.
Details on the contact page.
Supported by Stroud Town Council & Stroud District Council
N.B. For more information on the Talks, Workshops, Exhibitions and Events at this year's festival please visit our What's On page
Stroud International Textiles would like to thank
Stroud Life for sponsoring the Private View and supporting the festival.
Hilary Bower 'Shadows' detail
Nel Linssen: Paper bracelet
Matthew Harris : Trace Elements
Michael Brennand-Wood: Flower Head
Jacy Wall: 'Secret Losses' tapestry