Studio 21 is a group of textile artists who bring together a creative and innovative mix of media and stitched textiles. The aim of the group is to develop and extend innovative techniques and to push the boundaries of traditional expectations in textiles.
Recently Studio 21 was identified as one of the Top 5 UK textile art groups by TextileArtist.com.
The Sewing Machine Project
a contemporary view of the ‘Iron Needlewoman’
The Sewing Machine Project is a well-researched exhibition that explores all aspects of the sewing machine. The group worked on this theme for two years and subjects range from sewing machine mechanics, decoration and operation to personal, cultural, political and social histories. Each member of Studio 21 has produced a comprehensive body of work that reflects their personal interest in this transformational machine.
This exhibition was awarded the prestigious Hartlebury Award for 2016 at the SIT Select Festival. The judges said that “The Sewing Machine Project showed an eclectic mix of work from wrapped up de-constructed sewing machines, fascinating insights into the piece work machinists, to beautifully machined fabrics. It was an inspiring and professionally presented exhibition.”
The group was formed in 1997 to develop and extend innovative techniques and to challenge and expand on the traditional expectations in textile art and stitch. This continuing evolution is achieved through a structured programme of monthly workshops and critique sessions.
Many members undertake further personal research, studies and courses; others work as teachers, lecturers and are authors of books and magazine articles. Members are regularly represented at textile events throughout the country, and are happy to consider invitations to give talks, workshops and courses.