Losing the Thread

The Malthouse Gallery, Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU


Friday 02 October 2015 – Wednesday 21 October 2015
Opening Hours: 10.30am-4.30pm

This ten-member group, formed in 1992, all learned to sew, knit and embroider from their mothers and grandmothers, naturally turning to textiles when they studied art later in life.

Penny Burnfield has used a great variety of materials and found-objects in her recent work while Margaret Charlton has made a large series of drawings of clothing fabrics. Helen Colling uses translucent layers over photographic images to express ideas of lost people, times and threads. Mair Edwards’ work is inspired by her family history and includes how her mother lost the thread with dementia. Sarah Foulkes continues to experiment with mixed media while Maggie Harris is exploring textures created using traditional mark-making. Lilian Harris remains attached to fabric and thread for her art quilts. Alison Hird creates constructions made of various materials including stiffened paper and plastic but they are still held together by thread. Pat Mummery combines paint and print with hand stitch. Jennie Pearson is the newest member of the group and was attracted by its open minded exploratory approach to materials and ideas.

The exhibition’s title is ambiguous, questioning the relationship between art and craft and whether textile art is still a distinct form of art today. 

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