We've added two new drop-in workshops to Fabric of the North, so visitors can have a go at fabric-making. On 16 May, Manchester fashion-house owner Ibukun Baldwin demonstrates colourful braiding techniques, and on 17 May the artist Tan Draig invites visitors to help create mini-tapestries. Make a date in your diary! Bring your children or grand-children!
Jane Walkley, who’ll lead a Fabric of the North workshop in Cromford, had works on display recently in a joint exhibition at Leeds Art University.
A visitor from the Weaving Rooms in Darlington, Jane Riley, wrote:
"Jane’s Jesmonite and tapestry 3D pieces have a really powerful presence. The colours were beautiful with metallic flecks, and some had slivers of copper sheet. She talked of the rhythm of the weavers, and the memories of the workers' chant as they used their hands."
Tickets for Jane Walkley’s workshop on 3D mixed-media weaving will go on sale on early 2020. Watch this space.
About 30 members of BTG's Northern Region, which is organising Fabric of the North, held a lively meeting recently in Halifax, which included an entertaining and informative private tour of Calderdale Industrial Museum.
Visitors came from as far afield as Teesside, Cumbria and Cheshire. Several of the lone weavers commented on the vibrancy of the local group (the Halifax Square Route Weavers), who joined BTG on a Group membership, and are submitting a collaborative entry to Fabric of the North.
Perhaps we should have more Group members? What a great way to bring together people who might otherwise go for months without talking with a fellow weaver. You can find more details of Group membership at thebritishtapestrygroup.co.uk/shop/btg-membership. And you can make contact with the Halifax crew at facebook.com/groups/319188405478051/
Photo of Halifax Square Route Weavers by Sally Reckert