Hebden Bridge has a Fustian Cutters Knife in St George’s Square that is a tribute to the history of our local trade. The fast flowing, soft water Pennine streams were ideal for the production of Fustian, a heavy duty material. As late as 1970, the town boasted 4 weaving sheds, 3 dye houses and over 25 separate manufactures. Today there is one.
FIBRE is an exhibition which celebrates some of the best textile art from British makers.
Study the relationship between textiles and form as we aim to build awareness of fibres through stitch and art and the sense of commitment by these artists and makers to create something beautiful that’s not just an aesthetic piece but functional too.
FIBRE launches Sunday 26th May at 12pm and runs until August 18th 2019.
Many artists have taken their inspiration from the local landscape … sculpted by the ravages of time, monoliths of Millstone Grit stand like rocky Sentinels keeping watch over the Pennine moorland (text by local artist Vanessa Kay).
Rachael Singleton has created an installation for FIBRE inspired by local artist Juan Cerruffo and his balancing rocks in Hebden Water.
This exhibition is contemporary whilst retaining a hint of nostalgia and instilling a sense of heritage.
Bold lines, organic forms and texture will create an exciting visual story in Heart Gallery during the Arts Festival months; we may not be virtual but we certainly are visual!
Included in this stunning textile exhibition is a collection of work from our BCTF Best Newcomer Award winner, Faye Hall.
Look out for new blog posts coming soon on all the talented artists taking part in FIBRE and see you soon x