Arty journeys...


Friday, 7 October 2016

Knitting and Stitching Show (Thursday)

THURSDAY: Knitting and Stitching Show at the Alexandra Palace with a friend.

Many of the exhibitors didn't mind photos being taken and shared if links were given to their websites while some others prohibited photography or only allowed photographs for personal use, not for sharing online - so it is safer if I direct you to the sites of the artists where there are official photos, if you'd like to see them.

It was an exhausting but absolutely brilliant day out. This was the first exhibition we've been to together and it was so lovely to discover that we responded very similarly to the work on show and were very inspired by a lot of the same pieces, which made going round the exhibition together such a pleasure.

I love the work of Alice Fox. I've been to several of her exhibitions and have also been with several of my art group friends to one of her rust dyeing workshops (which was absolutely brilliant!) It was really lovely to see her exquisite little pieces - and there were quite a few new ones which I hadn't seen before. Everything was so delightfully and thoughtfully displayed.

I also love the work of Debbie Lyddon which I'd only seen online before. It was such a pleasure to see the pieces in real life and to meet Debbie and hear a bit about how she makes them. I was really pleased to be offered the chance to hold one of the little "sea purses" which Debbie removed from a display labelled "Do not touch" and placed in my hand. It was lovely to feel the texture and weight etc. Both Alice and Debbie are very generous with sharing about making their beautiful artwork.

Other highlights for us both were the work of Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn - such lovely use of colour (and the displays of sketchbooks and other items were particularly inspiring) and Christina Ellcock's coastal themed assemblages. Christina is part of the textile group un.FOLD.

There were too many other inspiring things to mention - I made notes and took quite a lot of photos.

Thank you very much for joining me. 


  1. I find it strange that some people ask you not to take photographs, I have noticed it before at stitching shows. Glad you had a good day out.

    1. Apparently some students do "steal" other people's work (photographically) and present it as their own - and people do photograph and copy other people's work. It must be very annoying but it is interesting that some of the best don't mind others being inspired by their work and doing their own similar things - you can't copy exactly anyway! You can usually see the difference between the way people handle materials/colour etc.and their's passion, history, progress etc. in the originals which is absent in the copies!