Gathering Threads

May is the month of Open Studios 2010 in West Berkshire & North Hampshire.

Three of the artists are currently running an exhibition of textiles at the National Needlework Archive, Greenham Park, Newbury.

I was particularly interested because one of the ladies I’d come across on UK Handmade is exhibiting – Vikki Aust – business name Koodles.

Vikki is  showing lots of her imagined creature illustrations, many with their own ‘personal’ story incorporated into the artwork. She then makes her creatures real by creating 3 dimensional soft sculptures using reclaimed fabrics and embellishments.

I couldn’t resiting coming away with a set of postcard illustrations of 10 of her lovely characters!

If you get a chance between now and the end of May do go along to enjoy her work and have a chat.

The other two artists showing their work at this exhibition also have Open Studio visits. Serena’s knitwear is just perfect and Val’s mixed media pieces are stunning in their intricacy. Click on their names to find out more about their work and visiting times:

Serena Nickson“I have been working on new textile designs to use in my knitwear, drawn from photographs of windows – the shapes found in the grand palazzo and complex reflections in a modern skyscraper.”

Val Tierney“It is the timeless quality of natural environments that influences my mixed media images, which are inspired by the effect of light over landscape, combining printmaking, acrylics, dyes and traditional media.”


P.S. Thanks for taking the time to chat to us Vikki – really enjoyed looking around. Shaz. x



4 Responses to “Gathering Threads”

  1. 1 amyorangejuice 26/05/2010 at 6:48 pm

    Oh I want your week, they sound like fab artists! I need all the tips you picked up for my first open studios in September, did they make you a cup of tea? were they busy?

  2. 2 thesockgarden 26/05/2010 at 8:03 pm

    Actually yes Amy, we did get offered a cuppa & plenty of chatting too – right up my street! They’re doing a ‘join in demo day’ of needlefelting, doodling, machine knitting and such on Sat 29th which I think is a brilliant idea so I’m gonna try and get along to that. No doubt there’ll be another post to follow. x

  3. 3 Val Tierney 27/05/2010 at 9:44 am

    Thanks for your review of us all at Gathering Threads. I am glad you were able to visit and look forward to seeing you at our demo’s on Saturday if you can make it. The Open Studio both at home in the Studio and at Greenham has had great feedback and facilitated many requests for workshops and demo’s on processes.
    The local newspaper publicity for Gathering Threads(thanks to Vikki’s hard work and persuasive powers) helped a lot and mention in the Insight write up also gave us an extra boost. I have had much more interest in my own Web Site since putting up the Exhibition.
    Kind regards Val

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