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Textile exhibition inspired by the abbey opens October 1

Textile exhibition inspired by the abbey opens October 1

A group of highly skilled textile artists will be unveiling work inspired by Glastonbury Abbey’s beautiful ruins and ancient artefacts in an exhibition that will launch in October.

Heptad was formed 20 years ago and members have been exhibiting regularly in Somerset ever since.

The artists met when all the members were either studying or teaching City & Guilds Embroidery and Creative Design. The group was formed to continue their studies and exploration of traditional and contemporary embroidery.

The ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and artefacts in the abbey’s museum have provided inspiration for this exhibition, with the artists spending time studying the object collections and sketching in the grounds.

Magnificent arches and columns appear in the textiles alongside exquisite embroidery details taken from a 15th-century velvet vestment or a 13th-century ceramic floor tile design.

The exhibition – Ruins & Riches: Stitched Textiles by Heptad – will open at the abbey on October 1 and run until January 29, 2017. Visitors can expect both contemporary and traditional embroidery techniques.

Each member has explored a personal interpretation using a wide variety of methods and media.

Heptad members aim to dispel conventional expectations of traditional embroidery and to push the boundaries in terms of methods and materials. Their work demonstrates innovative designs using fabric, thread and paper, while incorporating techniques which include dyeing, stitching and printing.

Heptad is a Greek word for a group of seven but these artists have gone one better with eight members: Edith White; Heather Robinson; Hilary Farthing; Jane Warren; Janet Hiscox; Jenny Blackburn; Marie Andrews; and Thelma Masters.

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Added: 30th September 2016