Hope University Gallery at Cornerstone is to host the National exhibition of The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers this month, 25 July to 22 August 2008.
Opening times: Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm, closed at weekends except for Saturday and Sunday, 9th & 10th August when the exhibition will be open to coincide with the Residential Weekend Workshops.
The age-old arts of weaving, spinning and dyeing were introduced to a new generation of art students at Liverpool Hope University, following a series of expert workshops delivered by members of the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, and Embroiderers’ Groups on Merseyside.
The workshops, held at the University’s Cornerstone Campus in May, were arranged to educate the students in traditional textile skills in preparation for ‘FABRICreATIONS’, the National Exhibition of The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers which is due to take place at the Cornerstone Gallery between 25th July and 22nd August 2008.
The student groups, which mainly consisted of second year design students, were taught a variety of techniques before exploring their own alternative ideas about how to introduce the traditional methods into a new, contemporary setting.
Commenting on the workshops, senior lecturer, Janice Egerton said: “The workshops were arranged to give students experience of traditional textile techniques. By integrating these techniques with unique design work and unusual materials, the students are now developing individual projects to be considered for inclusion in the National Exhibition in July.”
Janice continued: “Hosting the National Exhibition of The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers is very exciting for the Cornerstone Gallery as it is such an important event in the arts and crafts calendar. I am delighted that our students have the opportunity to showcase their work at this high profile event.
“The students were very impressed with the skills they learnt from the workshop leaders from the Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, and have been inspired by their passion for the crafts. I’ve already begun to see some exciting concepts using materials such as metal and elastic.”
Final year design student, Sharon Brewis, who took part in the workshops, commented: “I have been given the opportunity to work within the traditional disciplines of craft. I particularly wanted to manufacture my own materials to use within my work and I’m beginning to combine these techniques together with traditional wood working techniques.”
The Association’s 2008 National Exhibition is the second time the prestigious event has been held in Liverpool. Association Chair, Hilary Turner, said: “We are very much looking forward to bringing our exhibition back to Liverpool, particularly during the city’s year as European Capital of Culture. It has been extremely rewarding for us to have had the opportunity to introduce our crafts to the students, and we are very excited to see the results of their creativity and fresh approach in the work they are producing for the exhibition.
“Following the success of the student workshops, we are very keen to introduce textile crafts to the wider community. To this end, we are organising a residential weekend from 8th-10th August, which will offer a choice of courses to members of the public who wish to learn a new skill.”
Further information about ‘FABRICreATIONS’ and the weekend courses can be found on the Association’s website – www.wsd.org.uk. The Cornerstone Gallery at Liverpool Hope University is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and is free to enter. For further information about the exhibitions please contact The Cornerstone Gallery on 0151 291 3997.