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Presenting a range of knitted, woven, printed, felted and stitched textiles for you and your home, this exhibition showcases the variety of techniques within the field of textiles. The makers chosen for this exhibition are concerned primarily with process, blending a combination of traditional techniques and contemporary design.
Highlights include Bridget Bailey's 3D entomological sculptures inspired by her millinery background and luxury silk scarves by Cornish based designer Claire Armitage. Also featuring work by Emma Calvert, Majeda Clarke, Liz Clay, Michele Daykin, Megan Alice England, Helen Harrison, Syrah Jay, Helyne Jennings, Gail Kelly and Miss Knit Nat.
Michele is a contemporary jeweller who combines silver and her own dyed batik fabric. Inspired by the urban environment she has always been fascinated with textures and marks found on walls, pavements, surfaces and the degrading, wearing and softening that evolves over time.
She initially studied stitched textiles and then went on to study silversmithing and jewellery.
Michele's Urban Surface collection is inspired by the urban environment; textures and shapes of the stonework and concrete world we live in; fascinated with marks and textures created over time through decay and age.
The irregular shapes of her jewellery have evolved from a love of urban stonework. The gap within each setting is a direct interpretation of the space between the stones. The tabs for holding the fabric in the setting are intentionally visible; emulating the claws on a precious stone setting and elevate the fabric to a precious status.
The fabric contained within each piece is developed from the beautiful minuscule details and markings on the surface, such as: moss, lichen and erosion that usually go by unnoticed.
The collection includes a range of wearable pieces; earrings, pendants, cufflinks and brooches. Michele uses a limited palette of colour; blues, greys and greens that complement both the satin and oxidised finished silver.