I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit of a novice when it comes to Art, so when I was invited to go along to the opening of an art gallery exhibition at the University of Bournemouth at their Atrium Gallery last week I was a little nervous. To my delight it was a really nice gathering of peeps and there was a little wine which always helps.

The exhibition called ‘Pattern and Design’ was a mixture of local sculptors, painters and textile artists from Dorset.

I loved Sarah Burnett’s work with knitted cashmere and silk. Every piece is hand dyed and hand knitted – proof it is possible to wear art (although, not around small children). The detail was absolutely mind blowing. I would never have the patience to do something like that.

I also really liked the bird and jug rug by Tim Nicholson, could definitely have that in my house – and, yep, I would probably put in on the wall too.

Initially when I saw Yvonne Morton’s intricate embroidered textile designs, I was taken back to a recent trip I had made to the ‘ Threads of Feeling’ exhibit at the Foundling Museum (I wrote about it here). I met the lovely Yvonne and had a nice chat with her about how she was influenced by the Foundling. I can totally relate to that. It’s a very emotive place. I was pretty chuffed that despite my initial reservations, I could actually contribute to a discussion about someone’s work! Woo.


About Vicky Grubb

Once a kitchen table Upholsterer, now a fully fledged tutor, author and hoarder of vintage fabrics. My Upholstery studio is based in Bournemouth, Dorset, where I live with my husband and two tinkers.

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