Textile exhibition will tell a story in Spittal

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Local school children will be at the heart of the action when an exhibition of work by three very different artists arrives at Berwick United Reformed Church in Spittal this weekend.

‘Textile Stories’, parts of Highlights Touring Scheme’s Contemporary Craft Tour, marks the craft tour’s 10th Anniversary and BURC is the final stop of the exhibition’s tour to six venues across three northern counties.

In the lead up to the exhibition one of its artists has been in the area to work with school groups on a number of projects.

Stella Adam Schofield began her workshops with Berwick Middle School pupils yesterday and the children will get to see the fruits of their labours when they visit the exhibition tomorrow, Friday, June 13.

Quilter Stella will also have the honour of officially opening ‘Textile Stories’ to the public on Saturday at 12 noon with a talk about her work.

Stella, who will be exhibiting her creation ‘The Story of the Quilt’, will share the church with two other artists.

The first, Paddy Hartley, uses a theme of courage in the face of adversity for his work and was inspired by the Gillies Archives and the lives of facially injured servicemen treated by Sir Harold Gillies during the First World War.

Paddy’s pieces are a series of embroidered, cut and embellished uniforms, each one telling a harrowing and yet inspiring story of injury and reconstruction.

The other, Debra Roberts, will be exhibiting her exploration of a single dress, but a very unusual one and one that tells its own textile story.

The late 18th century sack back gown was found in a box bought at auction and it has inspired Debra to take it apart and then reconstruct it, discovering the shadows of old seams and stitches and revealing the story of those who may have made or worn the dress more than 200 years ago.

‘Textile Stories’ will be open 11am-5pm Friday to Sunday and entry is free.