REFLECTIONS ON NATURE
An exhibition by members of the Braid Society
Following fascinating exhibitions over the years focusing on textile techniques and crafts, from quilting to lace, crochet to embroidery, this display highlights another discipline, braiding. All the work on show is by members of The Braid Society which was founded in 1993 to promote the practice and education of making braids and narrow bands. Most exhibits have been made by UK members, but some have come from abroad, including Japan, Israel and the USA.
Throughout history people have needed ‘narrow wares’ for practical purposes such as ties for clothing and straps for possessions. This expanded into them being used as decorations, embellishments and, latterly, for art pieces. Various techniques developed in different parts of the world (sometimes using specific pieces of equipment) and include Japanese Braiding (Kumihimo), Ply Split Braiding, Peruvian Braiding, Inkle and Tablet Weaving, Cord Making, Loop Braiding, Luceting, Sprang and other finger manipulated weaving.
This, the Society’s biennial exhibition (delayed by Covid), showcases recent members’ work made using diverse methods and yarns as they have ‘reflected on nature’. On some days, makers will demonstrate amongst their exhibits.
Plus see makers at work on Oct 8th and 13th (11am-3pm), Saturday 16th (11am-1pm) and Wednesday 20th (11am-2.30pm).
On October 24th there will be an opportunity to try different braiding techniques. See art courses