This year The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers held their Biennial
Exhibition in Norwich Cathedral. As always there was a very high standard of exhibits. Fabulous colours and stunning designs
All the exhibits are hand made often from the raw materials a fleece may be cleaned, dyed, and then spun of felted and then made up into a piece of art for that is what they are not just simply a garment or an accessory but a practical work of art.
This gilet is made from Gotland sheep fibre carefully carded and spun to keep the texture of the fleece and the shades carefully blended, then the unspun locks have been felted onto the crocheted border the main part of the jacket has been knitted to the artists own design. The artist is Mary Elmer from Lincolnshire Guild, for me this was my favourite item in the show. A close second was this inventive jacket designed in diamond shapes giving very fluid lines in wonderful colours
As well as garments there was a wonderful display of bags in many different media this is an area where the artist can get very inventive here are just a couple of my favourites
Also Mid Essex Guild put on a wonderful display of ‘Green Man’ projects here are just a couple
Displayed in the School Crypt was a Wall of Wool showing different types of spinning from various fleeces quite amazing the different effect you can get.
The Exhibition was staged in the wonderful setting of Norwich Cathedral which is worth a visit in it’s own right, I wish we had longer to look around at the magnificent building but that means we can have another trip there and we can see it all and the wonderful City of Norwich
Now just a few more snapshots from the show