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Sumptuous Victorian-inspired Veils

Karen Casper is appearing in two articles at the moment – embroidery and Be…Inspired by Workbox.  See a snippet below from the article in embroidery.



“The Victorian era holds a fascination for many, not least Karen Casper, whose research into the period prompted her to produce a number of textile pieces inspired by female mourning attire, in particular the veil. Karen produced a triptych of garments, each veil representing a different stage of mourning. The first veil in black, was inspired by the pattern and forms of the moss she noticed growing on the Victorian gravestones in Norwood Cemetery in London. The densely stitched embroidery was produced on the cornely machine, in both moss and chain stitch. After one year and a day, a woman in mourning was allowed to introduce the colour purple into her attire. A second purple veil is embellished with vintage pearls, which were commonly included in mourning jewellery to represent tear. A final veil references the 21st century woman, and reflects upon women’s liberation and the quest to have it all. This design is bolder in colour but leaves the wearer exposed, alluding to the scrutiny women suffer. These days it’s unlikely that many people will have just one career and Karen has already taken to styling photo shoots both for her own practice and others. In addition, she also produces bespoke embroidered headpieces to commission (she created a number of headpieces for the X-Factor Tour 2013) and gives talks and workshops.”

Karen has recently completed her Masters at MMU.  The veils are currently on display in Riga, Latvia.

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Emma Blackburn and The Great People’s Poppy

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This is your chance to work alongside textile artist Emma Blackburn who is creating a mass participation piece for Truce, Saturday 29 November, St James’ Church, Accrington.  If you sew, crochet, knit or even glue textiles, there is still time to get involved by making a contribution to the Great People’s Poppy.  We need many, many poppies to create maximum impact and to commemorate the lives and experiences of those affected by war. Find out more http://thegreatpeoplespoppy.tumblr.com/.

Please post your finished poppy and completed reply slip to: “The Great Peoples Poppy”, F.A.O Melinda and Emma, Accrington Library, St James’ Street, Accrington BB5 1NQ before Friday 14th November. Then they can make sure your poppy is part of the collaborative memorial “The Great People’s Poppy” for this years special Armistice service as part of Mid Pennine Arts “Truce”.


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Laura-Jane Atkinson at JunctureMCR

See Laura-Jane Atkinson at JunctureMCR…

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This is our first exhibition. Located in Victoria Baths, the building under restoration is providing us with an abundance of pattern, colour and texture to support and compliment our work. We are very pleased to be exhibiting contemporary work in this exciting venue, with its exposed, aged interior and restored stain glass and tiles.

The exhibition displays an insight into JunctureMCR’s process and inspiration. Exploring pattern and marks from the city to the body, our observations allow us to delve into intricate structure, surface development and ornamentation.

Collectively, our work values the presence of the hand in making and the time implications of this. Focussing on our labour intensive processes has led us to record exactly how much time our work for this exhibition has taken. From drawing, researching, sampling and making, we have been conscious of the minutes and hours spent on our individual and collaborative projects.

JunctureMCR are are a recently formed art collective formed of five graduated BA (Hons) Embroidery students.

Victoria Baths – The Flat, 2 Gloucester Street, Hathersage Road, Manchester M13 0FE

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC from Wednesday 29th

Mon – Fri:
2PM – 5PM
11AM – 4PM


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Stitch your own mistletoe

Don’t miss this great opportunity to work with Bella May Leonard…

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Cotton Folk: The War and The Weft

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Harry’s Cap (2014) Emma Blackburn

Copyright © 2014 Emma Blackburn, All rights reserved.

Tactile Too artist Emma Blackburn won the first Lancashire Textile Artist Award resulting in a residency at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum.  The Award was launched by The Samlesbury Decorative and Fine Art Society (Samlesbury DFAS), The Lancashire Textile Artist Award, celebrates the societies 40th anniversary in 2014. Blackburn’s residency draws to an end with an exhibition to share her work.  The exhibition will take place at Whitaker’s Mill and Higher Mill, Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, 4th August – 30th November, 2014.  She has produced contemporary artworks inspired by the site of Helmshore Mills and the impact of World War One on the Cotton Industry in Lancashire.

Showcasing a series of two new works by artist Emma Blackburn, Cotton Folk: The War and The Weft responds to the effects of The Great War on the Cotton Industry in Lancashire. It pays tribute to the brave soldiers that worked at Helmshore’s Whitaker and Higher mills prior to enlisting, and celebrates the flamboyance of the Cotton Queen Quest, a unique scheme to Lancashire devised to boost the Cotton Industry between the two wars.

Information on events, talks and workshops hosted by the artist available soon. Click on the links below for more, or contact the museum on helmshoremuseum@lancashire.gov.uk or call 01706 226459

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Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, Holcombe Road, Hemshore, Rossendale, Lancashire,   BB4 4NP Tel. 01706 226459

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Final TACTILE TOO Commission

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Calling all recent textile and arts graduates. I would like to draw your attention to the following opportunity at the Whitworth. We are looking to commission up to four contemporary textile makers to develop a textile handling resource.

This is the last chance to be part of TACTILE TOO.

Please click on attached link to find out more


To find out more about TACTILE TOO visit Tactile Textile Resources

Any questions?  E-mail Denise Bowler to find out more.

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Take time for Tactile Too Professional Development & Launch 2 July 2014

  TACTILE TOO CPD & Launch 2.7.14 copyPlaces are limited so to avoid disappointment please RSVP to Denise Bowler on 0161 275 7453 or via e-mail denise.bowler.  Looking forward to seeing you at the event.