Page 17 Project

"Page 17" - Imagination, Interpretation, Inspiration

Page 17 Project

2016 saw the Embroiderers’ Guild co-ordinate and display innovative and exciting work and introduce textiles to record audience numbers both as visitors to over 46 high footfall venues and on social media. In particular we were involved in two high-profile exhibitions – across the country our contributions to the Capability Brown Festival with the National Trust and The Landscape Institute; and the spectacular 8m x 3m Hardhome Embroidery commissioned by HBO and depicting a scene from ‘A Game of Thrones’. We want to build on these successes and our members have been busy creating works of textile art to contribute to another unique exhibition showcasing the very best.


Betty Piper's Sometimes it's hard to be a Woman

So what books do you have on your bookshelf? Do you like fiction or fact? Do you warm to a frothy Barbara Cartland romance; grip the edge of your seat with a gritty John Grisham thriller, or lose yourself in a Philippa Gregory history? Whatever you read, the words will form pictures in your head. Now The Embroiderers’ Guild is proud to introduce “Page 17” – a specially created exhibition of textile artistry where each piece takes a book as its inspiration.

Nikki Vesey-Williams Favourite Fairy Tales

The guidelines given the to members of the Embroiderers' Guild were that the piece of work they created should bear a relationship to a book. Any sort of book could be chosen - fiction, poetry, recipes, maps, catalogue, instruction manual - but the piece had to closely relate to the book. Any technique could be used and portray any image - the cover, the spine, the contents, index page, a page or pages, a paragraph or even a page ripped out. It could be done in any format - a panel, scroll, open pages, concertina but had to be mounted on or in an artist's canvas that could be hung on the wall. Pictured here are some of the pieces contributed.

Elaine Dunn's Lapwing and Chick

Seen for the first time at the Knitting & Stitchimg Show in London (11th - 15th October 2017), EG has bought together a unique group of artists who bring words to life. This is a unique and exciting display of work, with pieces from well-known textile artists, new names and many members from around the country. By using techniques as diverse as machine and hand stitching, mixed media and felting (to name a few), you will see mischievous monkeys and strutting chickens, mathematical Pi and electrical circuits, Greek tragedy, Jane Austen and Haiku poetry. Using colour and form, design and texture, members have created works which span the contemporary, the literal and the symbolic. Your imagination will be intrigued as it follows the thread across the surface, and marvels at how the combination of cloth and thread is both a medium and metaphor, bringing to life images hidden amongst words. Visit the Embroiderers' Guild stand and see if your favourite book is on display.

17 units of time by Richard McVetis The Glorious 25th by Heather Ramsden-Fletcher
17 Units of Time by Richard McVetis The Glorious 25th by Heather Ramsden-Fletcher

Amanda Smith and Alex Messenger
Page 17 Project Team, The Embroiderers’ Guild

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