Karina Thompson is a textile artist specialising in embroidery who now uses digital embroidery in much of her work. Her piece 60 Beats a Minute is a quilt made of embroideries of an echocardiogram which is an ultrasound test of the heart.
Imogen Luddy is also turning to new digital techniques by combining the traditional practice of crochet and embroidery with laser cutting and marquetry. I loved her table laid with a metal laser-cut cross-stitch tablecloth complete with laser-cut cake stand, embroidered napkins and wooden chair with laser marquetry crocheted doillies. Love the plates on the wall combining ceramics with digital printing and traditional crocheted doillies.
Amy Twigger-Holroyd is known for her knitted garments but she has developed a new technique called 'stitch-hacking' which means she alters the pattern in an existing garment to create text by laddering and re-forming the stitches.
Also exhibiting was mixed media artist Jennifer Collier from Unit Twelve . Jennifer runs a thriving gallery and workshop space at Unit Twelve just outside Stafford. I've been a fan of her work for a few years now, ever since she did a workshop at my daughter's school. Earlier this month I attended one of the workshops there run by Emily Notman one of the other artists at Unit Twelve - see my previous post Jennifer Collier & Emily Notman at Unit Twelve. Jennifer creates the most amazing paper sculptures by stitching, moulding and waxing.
These ceramic plates put me in mind of the pots of Grayson Perry. Sorry, I forgot to write the artist's name down.
Zoe Hillyard has a textile background and combines the china of the Midlands pottery industry with fabrics by sewing all the broken pieces together to form a 'ceramic patchwork'.