We had our first gathering since 2019(!) on Sunday 9th October. As well as the Guild Challenge (this year’s theme was “waste not want not”), there were stalls from Adelaide Walker and guild members, and space to craft and chat. A great day enjoyed by all! If you want to see what we else have been up to recently, you can always have a look on our past events page.
Our programme for the year ahead has now been released! Find all the details here
There’s also still (just about!) time to catch our exhibition at Gracefield Arts Centre – the last day is Saturday 7th May
The Textiles Triennial
You can see examples of guild members’ work at our joint exhibition with the Solway Quilters and Textile & Embroidery Dumfries at Gracefields Art Centre from 2nd April until 7th May. Alongside the wide selection of textile work on display, group members will be available throughout the exhibition to give demonstrations or explain about the traditional and cutting-edge techniques used. Over 90 makers from the three groups have contributed their work, some of which is for sale. Admission is FREE.
2021 onwards meetings at our new venue
Lincluden Community Centre, Lincluden Street DG2 0DL.
Challenge 2022 – get involved!
2021 Challenge has been extended and members are using their core skills – spinning, weaving, dyeing – to create a textile for our Triennial Exhibition This year we ask members to work to the theme of Waste Not, Want Not. As Scotland hosted this year’s Global Climate Change summit in Glasgow, we thought it fitting that we explore how our skills can be used to limit consumption and needless negative impacts on our environment. We invite members to reinvigorate existing materials and give them a renewed purpose or aesthetic.
Rita flagged up the Norwegian Textile newsletter which had a link to an article on the The Aesthetics of Reuse: With a Starting Point in the Rich Rag Rug Tradition, written by Anne Grete Sandstad.
Toast are running mending and darning workshops throughout June – donations support makers and creatives who have lost much of their incomes due to covid.
You could find colourful ways to incorporate your hand-dyed and spun fibres to enliven holey old favourites. Collingwood Norris Design hosts lots of video tutorials and inspiring examples.
Below are some examples of upcycling, there are so many! The March/April issue of Selvedge magazine is themed around the environmental impact of the textile industry and celebrates the art of repair, so could be a good source of inspiration.
Carmen Machado Textiles – for those of you by the Solway coast, you could look along the shoreline for materials, like Carmen does, to create textiles from waste and marine ghost netting.
Tom of Holland has celebrated Visible Mending for years. Explore his website or take inspiration from his fellow artists listed here for their current exhibition in Norway that explores alternatives to the current waste and pollution caused by the clothing industry.
Miguel Mesa Posada uses waste material to construct quilt-like paper clothing.
Members are encouraged to consider upcycling, recycling, reusing or refashioning existing textiles or household objects by applying techniques such as dyeing, spinning and weaving.
- Weave bed sheets or t-shirts
- Make fabric yarn or rope
- 30 easy & cuddly diy ideas for recycling an old sweater
Rita Corbett – Challenge Co-ordinator