Fabric of the North is postponed, but at least one of the tapestries which would have been on show in Cromford is winging its way instead to Norway House in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sally Reckert's Children March into an Unknown Future takes its inspiration from the Norwegian Baldishol Tapestry, woven in about 1180, so where better to show it than in America's most Scandinavian state? (Have you seen that wonderful movie, Fargo?)
Amazingly, the exhibition, The Baldishol: A Medieval Norwegian Tapestry Inspires Contemporary Textiles, is still scheduled to go ahead, from 26 June to 30 August. You can find details in the Norwegian Textile Letter, produced in Minnesota by British Tapestry Group member Robbie LaFleur.
Let's hope Sally's tapestry doesn't put down roots on the other side of the Atlantic! We'll want it back again for the re-scheduled Fabric of the North, whenever that may be.
One of our tapestries has a particularly poignant background: the catalogue entry describes how Living Local was created by a group of disadvantaged young children. Now we've received a lovely video clip of the moment when the work was cut off from the loom. A party followed!
Well, it's a huge shame that Fabric of the North has had to be postponed. But in the spirit of "Let's do the show right here!", we've published the catalogue anyway; so if you visit the CATALOGUE page above you can enjoy the exhibition online. Of course it's not as good as the real thing, but we hope it'll whet your appetite in the meantime.
[Website editor here - I've just had the chance to see all the images together on the Catalogue page for the first time, and I think it looks terrific! There's a wide range of styles and experience on show; it's a blend of the colourful, the lively, the thoughtful, landscapes and narratives... Wonderful! Well done to all the weavers involved. I can't wait to see Fabric of the North when it finally opens.]