A visit today to the annual PRISM textiles exhibition, where the theme was "Lines of Communication". A new venue, at Hoxton Arches, was much more straightforward to get to than I had anticipated, to Clapham Junction, and then overground to Hoxton. A very good facet of this new venue is that the exhibition is on for two weeks, until 31st May. The standard of work on display is as always superb, and in some cases very moving. It seemed very monotone this year, with bright colours in evidence in only a few pieces, but particularly in those of Gina Ferrari, who has been inspired by the graffiti in the garden of the venue and in the work of Ruth Issett, whose overlaid and stitched organzas are marvellous.
Many familiar names this year. It was wonderful to see the devoré pieces by Peta Jacobs whose work I had admired at the Cloth and Memory 2 exhibition at Saltaire. A very moving piece of 64 hand knitted lace gloves in memory of visits to the artist's mother who was suffering from dementia, apologies, I did not get the name here. Intriguing stitching on ventilator mesh from Niki chandler, giving excellent shadows which were integral to the work. Crunchy, vibrant map of a river by Amanda Bloom. Fabulous work as ever from Bea Sewell with stitched memorabilia in a series of boxes. Fantastic to have Amanda Hislop's sketchbook available to view alongside the finished piece of work, so much inspiration and understanding of her artistic process from viewing the two together.
Photography is allowed at the exhibition this year, but images are for personal use only, so not shown here. It is a bold move of the PRISM group to move from the Mall Galleries and I'm not sure it has been completely successful. The gallery was very well lit and laid out, but it was very cold due to the unseasonal weather ( and there was no obvious source of heating anyway). There are minimal toilet facilities and no cafe - although there are many good eating places in less than 1 minute's walk. The exhibition was not busy on a Bank Holiday Monday, which was not a great sign. Something for the organisers to think about I fear.
I had not realised how close the Geffrye Museum was to the venue, so I managed to ft in a visit to a place hat has been on my list for several years. Not enough time to see everything, but enough to get a flavour and persuade me to visit again soon. The flowers in the garden were spectacular as another bonus. Good cafe as well.