Textiles links between young and more experienced stitchers
Aspects of Stitch, the Market Harborough branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild, has developed strong links with the textiles department at Robert Smyth Academy over many years. Every year Aspects of Stitch award prizes to students whose textiles work for A level shows excellence, especially in the use of stitch, and at the June meeting teacher Andria Pott and her students bring their work to show a group of experienced stitchers. Many people assume textiles is just fabric and thread but this year’s work included plastics, use of a heat gun, printing and even concrete as well as embroidery and a range of fabrics. Themes chosen by the students were plastic pollution, Princess Diana, women in society chasing physical perfection, dance and expression though movement, how nature interacts with man-made structures, the buildings one person had lived in over a lifetime and self-esteem. The sketchbooks show research, the development ideas and samples leading to the finished pieces. It is always exciting to see the work produced by the imagination and skill of these talented young textiles artists. This year there was an extra bonus; a student who had visited two years ago at the end of Year 13 is now part way though her degree and came back to describe and show her recent work.