February 14 – June 9, 2024 at the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College, California.
Alice crafts living architectural-textile creations that invite us to contemplate how we can co-exist with nature, challenging our separation from the natural environment and expanding our ideas of how we might interact with the species and ecologies around us. Her current work is centred around creating textile scaffolds from which living entities such as plants, bacteria, and mycelium flourish.
Stitch Field offers an alternative to the plastic-filled warehouses of plants associated with hydroponic systems by using knitted sheep’s wool as substrate and replacing engineered crops with locally occurring plants.
Alice hand-knits fibre sculptures that are each embedded with seeds, creating patterns suited to the needs of each seed species—whether it grows best in a divot, pocket, or row. For this site-specific installation at the Benton, she has chosen seeds of locally occurring California plants with either edible or medicinal properties.
We had a fantastic first MMM of the year with so many repairs tackled whilst a gentle flow of conversation and knowledge exchange filled the studio – One of the participants felt that not only had she repaired her clothes but that the session had been ‘soul mending’ – a truly cathartic few hours.
Look out for new dates for upcoming sessions, they will be posted on Instagram and in Events.
Our 2023/24 Graduate placement in collaboration with Bath Spa is knitwear designer Rhianna Davenport, aka @studioohaf. Rhianna joined us in November, having graduated in Knitwear, specialising after studying BA (Hons) Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors.
Rhianna has not only been working on new ideas but has been helping fellow member Alice Marie Archer in creating the knitted ‘skins’ for Alice’s upcoming show at Benton Museum of Art in California, entitled ‘Stitch Fields’.
Article Green has moved into our studio! Ti Green primarily designs for performance, creating costumes and sets for theatre productions. Ti is passionate about sustainable Fashion and has launched her own fashion label, Article Green.
Ti has designed a small collection of the kind of clothes that are minimal, in the way she understands the term: apparently simple, but achieved with a detailed consideration of proportion and construction. They are designed to let you move easily, carry yourself well and think on your feet, with sustainability built into the design and the production process.
Alice-Marie is a multidisciplinary practitioner with circa 10 years experience bridging science, technology and art.
‘Alice works with a craft / materials-led approach that asks of her to contemplate our human makings as hybrid worlds for coexistence with nature; to expand our imagining of how we might interact with the species and ecologies around us. Working with hand and machine-knit sheep wool Alice reimagines the forms that are possible for soilless cultivation, germinating and growing seed in her increasingly sculptural knitted artifacts. Paying attention to questions of ecological congruence, Alice sources fibre through the Fibreshed local to her work, and holds space for questions of indigeneity of seed and plant.’
Threads, a major exhibition at Arnolfini – features 21 contemporary international artists and makers, who use textiles as their chosen medium.
Celebrating material and making, these artists use the storytelling power of textiles to connect with past traditions, find commonalities between cultures, time and place, and to ‘breathe stories into materials’.*
Threads encompasses processes of weaving and spinning, rug-making, stitching and embroidery, print, knit, threading, mending and found materials, with materials and techniques handed down, reused and reinvented.
Co-curated by leading textile artist Alice Kettle, Threads weaves throughout Arnolfini’s three floors, to reveal how textiles ‘remember’**, how memory is ‘embedded within the process of making’*** and how new narratives are created.
Bristol Textile Memory Map – listen to some stories and memories shared by the local community, and find out more about Bristol’s long history of textile production and Bristol’s current textile community. Maybe go and visit some of these places on the map!
We could not be more proud of BTQ member Lizzie, aka @thebettysilk who has been a contestant on this years Great British Sewing Bee! It has been a total joy to watch her on screen and see what she created – Thrilled to have Lizzie’s amazing Dress in the studio!
BTQ is delighted to continue its collaboration with Bath Spa University to offer a funded Graduate Placement studio membership for Bath Uni graduates (from 2023 or who have graduated up to 3yrs) from (BA) Textiles Design for Fashion and Interiors, Fashion Design, or MA Design (Textiles), for 9-10 months from October 2023. Please follow link to apply. The closing date is Wednesday 2nd Aug 2023.
BTQ member Amber Hards has written a book called ‘Machine Knitting Techniques: Textures and 3D effects’.
Amber has been working on this project for the last two years, during which time she had a baby! It is such an achievement and it has been a joy to watch the book come to fruition in the studio. BTQ was honoured to host the launch party for Amber at the beginning of July.
Sparks Bristol is a department store with a difference, co-created by Global Goals Centre and Artspace Lifespace. From fashion and food to nature and energy, each department is designed to support people in Bristol to take easy (and often money-saving!) actions on climate, equality and wellbeing. On the ground floor explore a huge range of shops, installations, events and more. Sparks has already hosted BTQ alumni Clothemod & Rebel Patch !
It isn’t until you look back on the last year that you realise how much has changed and evolved and it is very exciting to share with you our progress… We move into 2023 reinvigorated and ready to welcome new faces through the doors of our studios at Bristol Textile Quarter!…. read on
Exciting times at BTQ as our shutters are having a makeover!
Getting ourselves on the map with a specially commissioned artwork from @mernywernz and @billycolours to brighten up the shutters at BTQ and Bristol Weaving Mill next door… Spring feels like it has come already!
New desk spaces are available – not only do you get a private desk space but a large communal working space where makers can spread out on pattern cutting tables, utilise the machinery and other equipment whilst in the company of like-minded people plus access to an extended textile community.
A short walk from Bristol Temple Meads and Old Market, our light and airy studio offers private desks, designated storage and 24/7 access to equipment and facilities.
This last year has been exciting for Bristol Textile Quarter. Since the building was bought at the end of 2021, there has been much investment to improve and update the building and make it the best it can be for our members.
The latest has been the installation of new windows! The original crittall windows were amazing in the studio but they did very little to retain heat. The new double glazing may not be as aesthetically pleasing as the original, but the studio will be much more bearable in the colder months – We won’t know ourselves…
Youngye’s work, based on weaving, is an amalgamation of historic and contemporary design, using traditional and unique materials, exploring rhythm, repetition, links, and spatial relationships between structures and space.
Eve Harker joins Bristol Textile Quarter as our newest studio member. Eve has been awarded ten months of free studio space as part of Bath Spa’s studio residency scheme.
For the past few years BTQ has hosted this textile graduate placement scheme in collaboration with Bath Spa. Past placements have been awarded to amongst others, Mateja Perosa, Charlotte Nutt & Hattie Kingston.
Sustainable Fashion Weeks mission is to support a shift away from fast fashion; resourcing and inspiring people in different communities to join a growing movement for change and find individual ways of engaging with sustainability.
Their second annual flagship event has just taken place! After months of planning, they delivered a nationwide programme of activity, showcasing sustainable fashion in all its variety.
SFW 2022 brought together community and industry – connecting people with the different entry points to sustainability in fashion, through their four themes: Regenerate, Rewear, Repurpose & Reconnect.
We now have more members spaces! We can now accommodate up to 14 members in the studio, offering private desk spaces, additional storage and still offering ample communal making space where members can spread out and work on projects. We also have a private meeting room and are currently working on a dedicated photography studio space that members can utilise for product and lifestyle shots and that can also be hired. We are updating our equipment and have recently added a new Jack industrial 4 thread overlocker to our list. Do get in touch if you are looking for studio space and we will be happy to show you round!