Showcasing textile art

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TWO artists from the Daventry district will be looking to showcase their work after a new exhibition launched on Saturday.

The work of Ann Beech from Daventry and Carole Pleace from Flore will be on display at the Footloose and Fancy Free exhibition for the next two months and will be running at the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery based in the Guildhall Road.

The inspiration behind the exhibition, is the museum’s 1920s to 1940s shoe collection with the artists given the chance to have a look around before doing their work.

Both Ann and Carole belong to a Midland-based textile group named Contemporary Exhibitions and show off their work across Europe.

The work has been recently seen in Daventry Library at the town’s arts festival held in July. Further displays have taken place at the Loch Lomond Quilt Show along with Zaragoza and Stiges in Spain.

Ann, whose’s work includes Hunstanton Cliffs, pictured right, came to patchwork and quilting later in life. Her passion is for hand-dyed textiles which she links with her love of photography.

Carole got involved when she was looking for a new creative challenge having previously done flower arranging.

Ann said: “As textile artists we came together in 2006 to work under one umbrella, progressing our individual skills and challenging ourselves with the intention of exhibiting to as wide an audience as possible.

“Our vision is to expand our work beyond the boundaries of traditional patchwork and quilting and into the world of textile art.”

The group will exhibit further new work at The Bletchley Park Quilt Exhibition which runs in February next year.

The display at Northampton Museum is open now to the public and runs until Sunday, November 20. It will be open between 10am and 5pm from Tuesday to Saturday and from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday.

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