Thursday, 23 September 2010

Text-Isles: Shetland's Contemporary Textile Group

It has been one of those days.  I worked all day as a science technician at two of the high schools in Shetland (my original training was in marine biology), then went straight to Shetland Arts to look at a piece of work I am going to help install in the next exhibition at the Bonhoga Gallery.  I rushed from there to my weekly pilates class, then drove across the town to catch the end of the Text-Isle group meeting.  Phew!

Text-Isles is a small group of designers and artists working in textiles living and working in Shetland.



The members are (from left to right): Aamos Designs, Joanna Hunter Kintwear, Donna Smith DesignsAndrea Williamson, Burra Bears, Phatsheep Textiles and Barbara Ridland

The group was originally formed to provide a small network of contemporary textile artists.  We also wanted to establish a more formal method of working and collaborating on projects together.  We meet now and again, when we can, its always good to bounce ideas off each other, find out whats going on in the textile world and to swap information.  We are currently looking at future projects and collaborations, so watch this space!  Although there are only 7 of us in the group, the biggest problem is getting everybody together at the same time, we all lead such busy lives!  

Have a look at the website for more information:  http://www.text-isles.com/

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