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Sewing Machine Whizz to Exhibit at Platform Gallery

Published Tuesday, 12 January 2016

A textile artist who can make a sewing machine do things most people wouldn’t dream of is to exhibit at Clitheroe’s Platform Gallery.

A textile artist who can make a sewing machine do things most people wouldn’t dream of is to exhibit at Clitheroe’s Platform Gallery.

The gallery’s popular Craft Open runs from 23 January to 16 April and will feature the work of the finest craftspeople from Lancashire, Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.

The exhibition will include textiles, ceramics, jewellery, metalwork, woodwork, furniture and glass, as well as pieces that are two or three-dimensional.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to vote for a People’s Choice Prize and the Selectors’ Prize for Innovation will offer the winning exhibitor their own showcase at the gallery in 2017.

The Selectors’ Prize for Innovation winner for 2016, Diana Barrett, will exhibit her textile art in the gallery’s education suite alongside the Craft Open.

Diana, of York, who has a 1st class degree in applied creative design from Hull University, uses a variety of techniques in her work, including hand embroidery, felt-making, printing and dyeing. 

She said: “I like to reinvent traditional hand embroidery techniques, such as cut-work, using free-machine embroidery, often in conjunction with wire and a soldering iron to create contemporary work.”

Diana was a finalist in the 2010 Hand and Lock competition for hand embroidery and selected for the Embroiderers' Guild 2011 graduate showcase.

Platform Gallery supervisor Stephanie Hibbert said: “Diana can make a sewing machine do things most people wouldn't dream of let alone attempt and her amazing work embraces art, design and embroidery.

“The Craft Open is a fantastic opportunity for craft enthusiasts to see the work of the finest craftworkers in the North West and some fantastically talented craftspeople are joining Diana in this superb exhibition.”

The exhibition will also feature Clitheroe sculptor Nicola Harper, who uses driftwood and reclaimed objects in a bricolage style favoured by Picasso and Dali to produce quirky and unusual sculpture.

The Platform Gallery is open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm and Saturdays 10.00am to 4.30pm for more information see Platform Gallery.

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