Linda, Dorothy and I had a great time at the Eastern Region Textile Forum’s latest exhibition ‘Order and Chaos’ at the Rhodes Gallery, Bishop Stortford Museum. (Please do not be put off by their very long name!) If ever you see one of their exhibitions advertised they are well worth a visit. They are a group of Textile enthusiasts based in the East of England, who use various techniques who have come together to exchange ideas.
Their latest exhibition explores Order and Chaos, it was fascinating to see different people’s ideas, thoughts, and interpretation of the theme.
Susan King, who has lived in Africa, thought of the Chaos wrought by a plague of Locusts brought to the Order of sown crops in her ‘land lost to the Locust’ (Fig 1)
Pat Brunsdon’s ‘not quite a pair’ was two bobbin lace boxes, one with the threads kept to a strict pattern and other with threads wandering at random. (Fig 2)
Tricia Fowler using the medium of wet felting, to produce a puzzle in ‘Life is a Puzzle’ our life as a puzzle that can move between order and disruption. (Fig 3)
Suzanne Jarvis was stripping old ivy off her garden wall when she realised she was changing Chaos into Order which she depicted using wire Lace and Embroidery techniques. (Fig 4)
Alison White’s depiction particularly stirred my imagination, showing a tree growing through a wall. Which came first the tree or the building? Which is order, which is Chaos? This was made with applique and felting. (Fig 5)
Tamara Goulding displayed swirls of needle lace against an ordered striped background. (Fig 6)
Margaret Talbot, Excitement’ caught your eye as soon as you entered the exhibition, it was full of colour, movement and vibrancy. It was made using a variety of techniques including quilting, painting and stitching. (Fig 7)
Catherina Petit-van Hoey had made a series of 4 heads, which showed the varying states of the mind from the calm of meditation to the disorder of mental illness (Fig 8 a.b.c)
This is just a small part of the exhibition that is on at Bishops Stortford for the month of April, visit it if you can, or keep your eyes open for their next exhibition or display.
For further details about this group and their exhibitions, go to www.easternregiontextileforum.co.uk