Wednesday, 8 January 2014

New Year, New Projects

Wednesday 8th January 2014

Happy New Year!  2014 has got off to a fantastic start with the news that Skipton and Grassington Embroiderers' Guilds have been awarded a Community Grant of £950 by Craven District Council for their StArt in the Dales project.

StArt, short for Stitched Art, is a community project to create a large piece of textile art depicting life in the Yorkshire Dales and the route of Le Grand Depart cycle race.  It will be made by members of Skipton and Grassington branches with the help of artist Jackie Lunn.  We are inviting the local communities to add their own stitches to the project during two drop-in workshops to be held at Skipton Town Hall on Saturday 5th and 12th April 2014 which will be open to all ages.  Other workshops will be offered to coincide with the exhibition of the final piece at local festivals.

The project committee are buzzing with ideas and our initial thoughts are for a 3-D map of the Yorkshire Dales National Park made in felted wool which will be quilted onto a hand-painted calico background.  Key features of the map will be stitched separately and appliquéd onto the fabric.  The map will be surrounded by a boarder of small squares, each depicting something that makes the Yorkshire Dales special to us.  We hope that the work will showcase our many talents as well as our love for the place we call home.

Once the work is finished it will go on display at venues around the area, including:

Ingleton  Overground Underground Festival 24-31 May 2014
Grassington Festival  13-28 June 2014
Skipton Town Hall dates to be confirmed

For more information about how you can take part in this project, hear a talk from one of the contributing artists or borrow the final piece to exhibition, please contact Claire Ketteman (07904 010430).

We also have an exhibition of work at Skipton Town Hall Museum, 18th January - 2nd May 2014.  This includes the Broughton Road Women's Group Story Cloth which was made for the 2013 Puppet Festival by the ladies with additional support from Skipton Branch members.  The displays will change during the exhibition period so make sure you visit more than once.

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