Not so fast … in Bath

Last Friday I took advantage of the gorgeous sunny weather and went to Bath for the day.  There was a textile exhibition on at the Octagon in Milsom Street, called Not So Fast!   It was a gorgeous venue and I thought they had made imaginative use of the space there.   I took photos of some of the pieces which I liked best and was kindly given permission to post them here.   The above exhibition website contains links to all the artists’ individual websites.  I made an effort to go because I saw it had been curated by Carole Waller, whose work I first saw at an exhibition at the American Museum back in 2001.   It was only on from 20-25 April though, so if I whet your appetite I’m afraid it’s too late to visit…

This piece by Wendy Allan was encased in glass and displayed, backlit, in an alcove, on the way into the main octagonal room.

Wendy Allan, Not So Fast, Bath 

This machine stitched hanging by Alice Kettle – the photo doesn’t give a fair indication of its size, which is huge…

Alice Kettle, Not So Fast, Bath 

This is a work by Matthew Harris constructed from cloth ‘that is made imperfect as a result of tears, patches, darns and frayed edges held together with utilitarian stitch’ to quote from the show catalogue.

Matthew Harris, Not So Fast, Bath

Anna Glasbrook had made the panels shown below.  I loved the way you could see through them and they changed with the angle at which you looked at them.

Anna Glasbrook, Not So Fast, Bath

Detail of one panel:

Anna Glasbrook, Not So Fast, Bath

Detail of another panel:

Anna Glasbrook, Not So Fast, Bath

This hanging and the two related panels on the left were made by Carole Waller. 

Carole Waller, Not So Fast, Bath

This is a tapestry made by Kirsten Glasbrook.  Apparently she used nettle, hemp and cotton yarns.  I did like the way it was displayed over the rough stonework.

Kirsten Glasbrook, Not So Fast, Bath

There were several other exhibits, which I’m afraid I don’t have room for here, including a selection of yummy garments and scarves and the work of Alison Harper, who knits using crisp packets and invited everyone to add a bit or unravel a bit…. 

More later on my visit to Bath itself – couldn’t leave without photographing random paving stones and interesting looking bricks!

5 Replies to “Not so fast … in Bath”

  1. it looks looks like a awe-inspiring exhibit! the pieces you’ve shared all seem to have a complex depth to them and cannot easily be viewed. i want to achieve such in my pieces but i’m still falling short.
    .-= Karoda´s last blog ..Lesson Learned… =-.

  2. That is some seriously amazing artwork! Can’t wait to visit that!
    .-= Brianna´s last blog ..Naked Sheep =-.

  3. Thanks for posting these. I took a class from Alice last summer. Her work is so amazing and when you realize that it is bobbin work and she generally works with out a sketch of any kind, it is really incredible.

    All of the work is sensational.

  4. Thanks for sharing this exhibit. Matthew Harris’ work is amazing – I have see his work up close in the U.S. and if my budget had allowed, would have purchased it. This looks like a highly imaginative textile show – zowie!
    .-= rayna gillman´s last blog ..sewing room Saturday =-.

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