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A r t i s t F e a t u r e : Fiona Espenhahn

Fiona specialises in using machine knitting with unconventional materials (wire, ribbon, plastic, fibre optics) to create 3D sculptural pieces and beautiful jewellery.

In 2000, Fiona was joint winner of the V&A Inspired By competition with her knitted ballet dress inspired by a Swedish glass bowl. The following year, she won her section with a wire necklace based on a spinet.

Recently, Fiona has been exploring the possibilities of sculpting with plaster of Paris, combining it with fabrics.

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A r t i s t F e a t u r e : Brenda Parsons @brendaparsonsartist

Since her original training as a geographer and geologist, Brenda has retained a great interest in international cultures and world environments, which features strongly in her art.

Brenda is fascinated by the properties of paper and the possibilities for its use in textile art. She has developed her own special "paper lace" technique, combining layers of distressed paper with machine embroidery, but also enjoys using handmade and recycled paper to make multi-layered, mixed media, stitched collages.

Brenda has exhibited widely around the world, and you can read more about her at www.brendaparsonsartist.co.uk

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A r t i s t F e a t u r e : @alexmayerartist

Alex Mayer has taught textiles part time for many years, mainly at Morley College, where she founded both the Textiles Foundation Course and the Advanced Textiles Workshop, to both of which the members of this group owe so much.

Alongside her teaching career, Alex has continued to maintain a practice as a textile designer, most notably working with her business partner Eveline Droge under the name Bantam Knits, producing a range of knitted, hand-dyed fashion accessories and knitted cushions screen printed with designs developed from Alex`s drawings.

Under the name of Cosy Beasties, Alex continues to develop her drawings, mainly of characterful dogs of different breeds, into designs for printed linen aprons, cushions and tea towels. She also develops these drawings into stitch and mixed media art pieces that she shows with Carousel.

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@cosybeasties
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Well that went fast! Our exhibition, Textile Conversations, comes down at 5pm tomorrow. Such a lot of lovely comments from visitors and so many stimulating conversations started.
#textileart #fiberart #mixedmedia #contemporaryartexhibition
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What an enjoyable Meet the Artists event we had yesterday afternoon. Many good conversations were initiated and we were overwhelmed by numerous appreciative comments. Thank you to all who visited. The exhibition continues until Friday 22nd March.

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M e e t t h e A r t i s t s
TODAY, Saturday 16th March, 2 - 4 pm
Join us for drinks, nibbles, and good conversation!

#textileart #exhibition #meettheartist #today #textileconversations

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Come on a quick tour of some of the varied and thoughtful responses to our title Textile Conversations. The exhibition continues until Saturday 22nd March, and we would love to welcome you to our Meet the Artists event on Friday 16th March, 2 - 4pm.
#textileart #exhibition #meettheartists #hammersmith
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We are excited to be exhibiting in this new venue for us. Work is progressing apace and we would love to see you there. Some of us will be in the gallery each day to greet you if you can`t make it to the Meet the Artists on Saturday 16th March.
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