Do we need to be called textile artists- is textile art a thing apart?


Tempered was a group show featuring three textile artists: Claire Barber, Victoria Danville and Caroline Broadhead. The show explored textile art within the context of the concurrent art/craft debate. Claire Barber’s untitled piece consisted of white turkey feathers suspended on nylon thread above the North Balcony and photographic transparencies on the central floor area. Victoria Danville’s piece Unreasonable Behaviour presented printed PVC pillows filled with feathers and cotton scrim, on the West end of Fabrica’s floor. Caroline Broadhead’s work Invisible Dress was formed of garments made from silk, nylon and iron wire, suspended from the East Balcony.

This exhibition, subtitled Captured Moments – Textual Fragments – Human Presence, represented both a response to Fabrica’s space and an ongoing dialogue about the place of textiles in the artworld and in our own lives.

Total visitor numbers: 7,146

Exhibition Visitor Comments

Beautifully delicate work, very fitting in the space, recreating a spiritual/feminine atmosphere in the church.

Truly wonderful: the dresses were superbly poignant, particularly above the stopped clock. I loved the feathers best of all – like the timeless, infinite feeling of looking up into snow.

It is worth spending time here, looking at and reading everything. Very educational and thought-provoking.

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Photographs by Philip Carr