Following their very successful 25th Anniversary exhibition, the Oxford Textile Artists are back during Oxfordshire Artweeks with another exhibition titled ‘Connections’.
Many of the artists have used the theme connections to describe links within our rural and urban landscapes. Julia Swift has interpreted an aerial view of colourful dinghies tied to a jetty. They form a rhythmic pattern after ferrying their owners between larger boats and the land.
Carolyn Walker looked at a very different subject of office buildings on a sunny day in Calgary. She was inspired by the fact that they are regular in construction but once reflected their regularity becomes distorted. This set her on a path to connect these geometric shapes and colours as a source for her textile work.
Judy Hammond found her connection closer to home with a piece called ‘Highways and Byways’. Roads, paths and motorways connect us together with the landscape and our built environment. The small pathscapes featured here show this connection at its most intimate. On Iffley fields in East Oxford, the city begins to merge with the countryside and people who use these paths connect with each other and to all aspects of that landscape.
Sadly, the group has lost founder member Margaret Charlton, who set up a joint project of decorating bobbins in our individual styles using a blue, yellow and gold theme. These have now become a tribute to her great contribution in textile art and her acclaimed work will also be celebrated at the exhibition.
Come and enjoy!
The Oxfordshire Museum
Saturday 7 May 2022, 10am-Sunday 5 Jun 2022, 5pm