Tapestry Weaving Exhibition

Back in August I wrote a post entitled Interactive Art, in which I mentioned that I was hoping to go to an exhibition to see the wonderful work of Alastair Duncan.

I went!

Here is a photo he sent me of his piece for me to share with youAlastair Duncan interactive weaving

The pale leaf shapes are wire and when they are touched they play a sound.

On Sunday 20th, I went to the Exhibition in London, at the Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green Road, curated by Margaret JonesIMG_6376

who had taken over 500 hours to weave her beautiful diptych, ‘The Fallen’


It was wonderful to chat to Margaret and hear about her passion for weaving and how she had invited exhibitors from all over the world to be part of this exhibition.

Joanne Soroka‘s richly textured piece, ‘Another Country’,  reminded me of Australia



The dreamy ‘Strandsong’ by Joan Baxter, (if you click on her name the link will take you to a rather beautiful video of her) reminded me of blissful hours spent wandering along the strandline, beachcombing


I did not take the details of this striking piece – wish I had now


And this one was more needle-weaving than tapestry but intriguing all the same



casting delicate shadows on the walls.

If you would like to see more of the tapestries, go to the Heallreaf Instagram Page.

My favourite was Alastair’s, and I loved the interactivity of it


As you touched the leaves it activated sounds, which you could listen to individually or if you touched two at once or several in quick succession you could layer or weave the sounds together and create a soundscape. There were a couple of sounds of people laughing which was a surprise and made me laugh too. It would have been great to have had the sounds playing out into the room so that several people could play at once.

One of the most thrilling aspects of the day for me was to meet up with two fellow textile artitsts from the Stitchbook Collective. That’s Tracey in the photo above. We all enjoyed the exhibition and meeting and chatting to Margaret and afterwards we went to a nearby cafe to chat some more about the Stitchbook Collective, and share our own textile stories.


We discovered that we had all made a Sawdust Heart, and this created another rather special, bond. Tracey (in the middle) runs textile classes and if you are in the Cambridge area (UK) and are interested in taking a class, send me a message via the CONTACT ME page and I will pass on her email address to you.

It was such a joy to meet with two more of Helen Birmingham’s happy band of stitchers. (Cathy is another)

The link (Helen’s) takes you to an article written in the Scarborough News (annoying ads alert)

A quote from Helen from the article:

I like this quotation ascribed to the Greek philosopher, Aristotle (384-322 BC): “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”


19 responses to “Tapestry Weaving Exhibition

  1. An amazing exhibition, Sandra – and meeting stitching friends too! What more could you want?

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  2. Those were beautiful. thank you for sharing.

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  3. Wowsah! Thanks for sharing work that is vibrant and peaceful and just plain lovely. Wonderful to see your shining faces.

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  4. The Fallen is beautiful indeed, and 500 hours, wow. Some really amazing works there, I’m glad you had such a good day out.

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  5. Some incredible creative works Sandra. Great to see The Arts in the UK is powering ahead unlike the politics

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    • The political situation here is an embarassment Denis.
      It is showing up the flaws in the way we operate Democracy – my hope is that what eventually emerges is a more consensual way of decision making and more civilised behaviour in the House of Commons, but I fear it will get worse before it gets better.
      Creativity can, hopefully, lift our spirits and help us rise beyond such agonies.


  6. I am so pleased you were able to see the exhibition Sandra and that you enjoyed it so much. It is really great that you experienced my interactive work as it was intended. Thank you again 😊

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  7. Thanks for sharing the exhibition, I really enjoyed the post. London scares me to death these days, such a confusing city so I really appreciate your sharing your times there. How super to meet fellow sawdust hearts people.

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    • I have a real fondness for London, but always plan my visits very carefully, doing lots of research into the places I want to see and how to get there.
      My goodness it felt so very special meeting fellow ‘Heart’ makers, we all have such poignant stories to share!

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  8. Wow! What an amazing exhibition.

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