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BTQ Member Exhibition!

Stitch Field : Alice-Marie Archer’s Agritextiles

 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.

February 14, 2024

MEET MAKE MEND returns for 2024

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.

February 12, 2024

BTQ Graduate Placement

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’.

January 23, 2024

La Folle!

Introducing Fi Stewart as our newest member of BTQ!

Fi Has created La Folle – a contemporary alfresco accessories range consisting of bags, berets and fans!

La Folle is inspired by art, fashion, music, dance, dressing up, travelling the globe and general good times!

December 1, 2023

New Workshop for New Year!

Experienced pattern cutter and seamstress Justine DK will help you make a kimono, step by step, from cutting the fabric to sewing to wearing! 

Saturday 27th January 2024, save the date!

See events for more details

November 21, 2023

When Scout and Rae came to Visit…

Hannah Kirkham of Scout and Rae popped into the studio earlier in the year for a cuppa and a chat;

‘Back in March, I found myself a short walk from Bristol Temple Meads… knocking on the door of a brick-built industrial unit… read on

November 10, 2023

New Weaver in the Studio!

Georgina Harper has joined BTQ as our latest weaving resident.

Having graduated from Falmouth University, Gina is a Woven Textile Designer with proficiency in hand and jacquard weaving. Specialising in sustainability and alternative dye practices.

October 27, 2023

Introducing: Ti Green

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.

October 20, 2023

New BTQ Member: Alice-Marie Archer

Alice-Marie Archer is one of the new cohort of members to join BTQ.

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.’

Alice-Marie is part of Seam Collective

October 10, 2023

SAVE THE DATE Bristol Textile Quarter – Open Studios! Sat, 30th September

We are very excited to be planning an Open studios at Bristol Textile Quarter this coming September!

We are hoping to open up the whole building that we share with Jacky Puzey Embroidery, Bristol Weaving Mill and Dash + Miller and all the members of BTQ studios

Watch this space for more details…

August 4, 2023

Threads: Breathing Stories into Materials – 29th July – Sun, 1st Oct

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 KettleThreads 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!

July 29, 2023

BTQ Sewing Bee!

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!

We cannot wait to see what she creates next…

July 18, 2023

Bath Spa Graduate Placement 23/24

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.

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July 14, 2023

Amber Hards New Book!

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.

Order Book

July 8, 2023

SPARKS Bristol!

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 !

May 13, 2023

Rebel Patch Launches!

Lisa Matzi has launched Rebel Patch! Limited edition art patches to reinvent the iron on patch and give clothes a second lease of life…

April 28, 2023

Bristol Textile Quarter Newsletter Feb 2023

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

February 10, 2023

Shutters!

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!

Watch this space.

January 31, 2023

New Year, New Spaces!

We have spaces available!

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.

Email for more details and to book a viewing.

January 24, 2023

BTQ renovations continue

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…

December 13, 2022

New Photostudio at BTQ!

The Photostudio set up is up and running in the studio. Through grant funding, we have invested in equipment for members so that they can shoot lifestyle and product shots in the studio.

The equipment comprises of;

Get in touch if you are a small business and interested in hiring the space for photography.

November 11, 2022

New Weaver Joins BTQ

Textile artist Youngye Cho, also known as @glory.y.cho has joined us as our latest member.

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.

November 10, 2022

New Graduate Placement for BTQ

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.

October 31, 2022

Updating our Website!

The BTQ Website is having a little makeover! There will be dedicated pages to news and events, with a calendar showing upcoming workshops. There will also be a Members page where you can find out all about present and past BTQ members. Following on from our studio photoshoot earlier this year, we also have beautiful new pictures taken by Hatty Frances Bell.

October 13, 2022

Sustainable Fashion Week 2022!

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.

September 28, 2022

New Members and New Spaces!

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!

July 23, 2022

Bristol Textile News Summer 2022…

It has felt like a long time since we have shared news! Welcome to friends old and new who follow BTQ… We have been busy behind the scenes over the last few months creating new spaces and building on our membership, exciting times ahead…

https://mailchi.mp/298346610aae/bristol-textile-quarter-news-5180636?e=[UNIQID]

July 19, 2022

New Members…

A warm welcome to new Member Lisa Matzi – Lisa is the founder of Rebel Patch. A company focussed on giving people the skills and tools to repair and upcycle their own clothes.

June 13, 2022

Virtual Meet Make Mend – Thursday 26th May 2022

We have been running virtual MMM sessions ever since April 2020 and we have been able to reach a community far greater than before and it has been a joy to connect. With that in mind we will continue to run Virtual Meet Make Mend sessions alongside reintroducing in person sessions at Bristol Textile Quarter. Look out for new dates!

Meet Make Mend  Thursday 26th May 19.30-21.30 GMT

An informal gathering of slow stitching minds… Bring your mending or slow stitch project and allow yourself the opportunity to repair… Whether you are an experienced mender or a complete novice, you are very welcome. Pay what you can, but we thought between £5-8 would be sufficient – though any and all contributions are greatly appreciated! 

***DM for Meeting ID

May 26, 2022

Bristol Textile Quarter News!

A very warm hello from BTQ! It’s been too long since we’ve shared news of studio life… but we’ve been here, waiting for the dust to settle, luckily keeping our doors open throughout the last year and now the space is busy and reenergised once more and we have much news to share…
New Members!
The past 15 months has brought much upheaval to many and small businesses have had to re-evaluate and even relocate but this has given others opportunities to take that leap and branch out. BTQ has been able to accommodate that flux and we are very happy to be home to a new cohort of members!

 https://mailchi.mp/1c8d9c616b4c/bristol-textile-quarter-news-4194537?e=[UNIQID]

August 26, 2021

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