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Ctrl / Shift: New Directions in Textile Art The National Centre for Craft & Design (NCCD)

Ctrl / Shift: New Directions in Textile Art The National Centre for Craft & Design (NCCD)

This February, The National Centre for Craft & Design (NCCD) presents Ctrl / Shift: New Directions in Textile Art, in partnership with The 62 Group of Textile Artists and Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham. Innovation and transformational practice is at the core of this unique textile exhibition, with exhibiting artists demonstrating the creative tensions that exist between accomplished skill, experimentation and the development of new ideas. 2 Feb – 22 Apr 2019.

Ctrl/Shift takes shifts and changes as its theme with artists exploring this concept in a variety of ways. Shifts may have been experienced in the approach to practice and production in relation to control; the introduction of new materials and techniques; and/or the impact of innovative ideas and evolving technologies. 

Pushing the boundaries of scale at both ends of the spectrum, works range from metres long to a few centimetres high; they are wall-hung, floor and plinth based, two and three dimensional. The exhibition juxtaposes traditional textile and fibre techniques - hand and machine embroidery, felting, printing, collage and basketry alongside the latest technology informing practice, such as digital print and laser cutting. Other works are mixed media in approach, incorporating hair, cosmetics, scrap metal and dolls’ house furniture, ceramics, metal, stone, wood, plastic and Perspex. Overall, there is a call to view textile art as much more than careful stitching on fine fabrics.

The exhibition presents over 30 artworks by 25 artists, including carefully selected collaborations between three artists who reflected on and were inspired by each other’s practice. The artists are (UK unless otherwise noted):  

Imogen Aust, Caroline Bartlett, Heather Belcher, EszterBornemisza (Hungary), Lucy Brown, Penny Burnfield, Nigel Cheney, Daisy Collingridge, Isobel Currie, Flox den HartogJager (Netherlands), Catherine Dormor, Dawn Dupree, Caren Garfen, Emily Jo Gibbs, Ann Goddard, Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor, Hannah Lamb, Debbie Lyddon, Jae Maries, Sian Martin, Jane McKeating, Sumi Perera, ShunaRendel,Vanessa Rolf and Sue Stone. 

To complement this major textile show, Jilly Edwards: Glimpses and Memories (19 Jan – 17 Mar 2019) can be seen in our Roof Gallery. Edwards’ tapestries use combinations of cotton, wool and linen yarns and she is known for her upbeat use of yellow. The tapestries presented are inspired by glimpses and memories of journeys from Exeter to Edinburgh and to East Anglia, through diverse terrain and especially the colours of oilseed rape.

There will also be another opportunity to see Woolly Spires (2 Feb – 22 Apr) commissions, a county wide project that took inspiration from the many Lincolnshire churches that were funded by wealthy landowners who made their fortune, literally, on the backs of the county’s iconic breed of sheep, the Lincoln Long Wool.

Ctrl / Shift: New Directions in Textile Art is an exhibition from The 62 Group of Textile Artists, produced in partnership with Midlands Art Centre Birmingham and independent curator Liz Cooper.

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