This exhibition of textile and beaded works reflected the chosen theme of costume and art - 'clothing' as interpreted by six artists from around the country.
The Artists and Their Work:
Judith Duffey (an American living in London)
Judith's impressive knitted work 'Astrological Armour' had recently been seen on the BBC1 programme 'Hand Made'. This work was not for sale. Judith is a member of the Crafts Council Slide Library.
Katya Kovacs (London, formerly Greece) started beading work when she decided to embroider beads onto the clothes she was making. Liking the freedom that a cloth backing allowed her designs, she decided to create jewellery using a similar backing system. Katya's designs are inspired by a lifelong fascination with fantasy science fiction and fairy tales.
Paddy Killer (Newcastle upon Tyne) runs a company called 'Dressed to Kill' that produces 'finery and adornments'. Under her married name Paddy Ramsey, she is one of the contributors to 'The Embroiderer's Garden', a book on embroidery on the theme of gardens and gardening, written by Thomasina Beck and published in autumn 1988.
Alison Whitehouse (Walsall)
Both of Alison's works on exhibition were inspired by impressions of the ornately carved temples of Thailand that she visited and the gorgeously decorated jackets worn by the hill tribesmen of Thailand. Her interest is in fashion fabrics and the way in which embroidery can be applied to garments and costume. Alison studied at Loughborough College of Art and Design and had also spent time in Thailand and Burma studying textile design.
Lara Sparks (2nd year student Loughborough)
Lara's two pieces derived their inspiration from the colours and movement of familiar night-time fairground scenes.
Michelle Emsley (2nd year student Loughborough) studied the use of religious symbols in Indonesian textiles and was interested in the idea that decoration should serve more than purely aesthetic purposes - that decorative motifs should be used to symbolise the surrounding society. Both of her works, 'Luk-Cuan' and 'Indonesian Abstraction', explore this idea. 'Luk-Cuan' is a composite Indonesian bird, related to the legendary Chinese phoenix. It is a sacred bird and is held in high regard for its magical and spiritual powers. Legend has it that the bird will only appear in times of peace and prosperity.
Unfortunately there are no images of the works exhibited.