Thursday, February 16, 2017

New Blog for Textile 21

Textile 21 have a new blog "Textile 21 Northwest" from 16 February 2017.
Please go our new address for the latest news

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Play Day

The results of our play day.
Thinking about "Fading" "decay" "alteration" "weathering" just some of the words that prompted our play in preparation for our next exhibition at Ordsall Hall, Salford.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Light Fantastic exhibition reviews - "Lovely exhibition....some very talented artists"

Don't just take our word for it! Here are some FANTASTIC reviews for our current exhibition 'Light Fantastic' at the World of Glass in st Helens.

"Lovely exhibition and some very talented artists"
"Well worth a visit"

"Gorgeous exp"
"Enjoyed all of it especially Bev Elliott and Sophie"

"An absolute delight"
"Some wonderful artwork"
"Loved your work Armelle"

"Amazing, thanks for making me want to stitch and play again"
"Inspiring! Such originality"
"Fantastic exhibition - such imagination"

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Linda Izan and her inspiration for World of Glass

At the Private View of 'Light Fantastic', Linda Izan went to find the young female glassblower, Niki Steele, who had been her inspiration for the work '100 years - The Glassblower' 

Linda comments:-
"I thanked her for her part in the development of the work and we discussed the important contribution that women have made and continue to make in the production of glass in Pilkington’s. The work that I produced spans a 100 year period starting with World War 1 and the contribution to the industry in a time of war and then arriving at Niki Steele’s glassblowing skills in the present time."

The images show Linda with Niki, part of the finished piece and photographs taken during its creation. Exhibition on until the 4th November at the World of Glass, St Helens.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Light Fantastic Private View

Light Fantastic at the World of Glass opened on Saturday 3rd September and is open to all until the 4th November.  The exhibition is free to enter, and the World of Glass has lots of entertainment on offer for a fun filled family day out.


In this post we share with you pictures from the day from Textile 21 artists Nabila, Armelle and Susan. Textile21 artists have taken their own inspiration from the collection of artifacts, art and the history of the World of Glass museum and created unique artworks which each tell their own story. 

Susan Darby created 3 pieces for Light Fantastic
Nabila's wire work
Light Fantastic
Susan Darby
Armelle's piece welcomes you to enter the exhibition
Linda and Elsa admire one of the artists work
Armelle Hatch
We promise, you won't be disappointed!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Denise Williams' work and inspiration

Why did you join Textile 21?

I joined textile 21 to meet like-minded people and to exhibit my work.

How did you get where you are now?

I studied sculpture at College and afterwards tried pottery, life drawing, oil, watercolours and batik.
After doing C&G Embroidery parts 1 & 2, I taught these courses to adults.

Light Fantastic
I was a founder member of the group 10+ Textiles.  Between leaving 10+ Textiles and joining Textile 21 I worked alone and exhibited work in open competitions and craft shows.

Denise's pieces at the World of Glass
When did your interest in textiles first start?

Handling fabrics as a child, making dolls clothes and later my own clothes was my introduction to textiles. I became interested in embroidery after seeing an Embroiderers Guild Exhibition. I joined the Embroiderers Guild and was inspired by the talks and examples of embroidery that I saw there.

What do you love about designing/making?

I love interpreting my artwork and solving design problems. I enjoy drawing and using art materials to obtain the effect I am looking for. I then interpret the artwork in textiles. I enjoy putting colours together and merging contrasting colours for different visual effects.

Light Fantastic
How would you describe your work?

Representational and also abstract. 

What type of materials do you use?

Cottons, transparent organza, fabric paints, drawing pen.

Where does your inspiration come from?

My photographs or drawings of my surroundings either natural or man made.

The group photo! All looking very relieved that we made it to the PV!
You can see Denise's piece's until 4th November at World of Glass in St Helen's, along with all of the other wonderful work by the Textile 21 group.
Check out our Facebook and Instagram account for more information about this and future exhibitions.
@textile21nw #textile21 #lightfantastic

Friday, August 19, 2016

2 weeks until the Private View for Light Fantastic, here's what the designers have all been up to...

With the private view and opening of Light Fantastic just over 2 weeks away, the designers have all been very busy finishing off their work for the exhibition at World of Glass in St Helens.  Please enjoy this picture post, and do come along to view the exhibition if you can.  It runs from Saturday 3rd September to 4th November.
Detail from Hayley's piece 'Broken'
Stitch detail of just one of Janet's pieces
Beautiful wire work from Nabila
Shards of perspex and light on Susan's piece
Armelle's drawn ideas and tin of goodies!
Doreen's beautiful drawings
Detail from Bev's alien like flowers
Beautiful colour and stitch here by Linda