Knitting and Stitching Show
On 12th October the Textiles students visited Alexandra Palace to attend the Knitting and Stitching Show.
The show was vast, including halls dedicated to inspiring displays by Contemporary Textile Artists and new college graduates’ work as well as specialist stalls selling materials, resources and demonstrating their wares. As well as all this there were workshops demonstrating new techniques in a special area called ‘The Learning Curve’ and also the ‘Creative Living Theatre’ where some of us caught a lecture.
The Year 10s had one hour workshops on either ‘Wet Felted Poppy’ or ‘Wild Flowers: Needle Felt Magic’ and the Year 11’s either attended ‘String Art: Creating Geometric Patterns’ or ‘Fabric Manipulation: Pleats, Tucks and Ruffles’. All workshops were run by Textile Artists and were action packed culminating in a sample to take home at the end of the day.
In addition some girls did block printing onto a bag or tea towel on one stand whilst others listened to a talk on dress making. This was a very valuable experience for the Textiles students; in particular, the show helped them to gather research for their projects but also the girls got a lot out of attending a practical workshop where they learnt new skills taught to them first hand by an established Textile Artist.
Overall, the day was great fun, rewarding and enjoyable. It was incredibly uplifting to see all the girls find inspiration in all the different textiles on display from artists, graduates and companies alike and see them immersed in learning new skills, making new creations and seeing a wealth of possibilities in Textile Art.