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Pairings at Stroud International Textiles

  • Date: 2 May 2012
  • Area: South West
Sharon Blakey pairing with Ismini Samanidou

Sharon Blakey pairing with Ismini Samanidou. Credit: Ben Blackall

Stroud International Textiles received a Grants for the arts award to deliver a refocused 18 month programme of activity.

There are three events in April and May: an exhibition, a symposium and an open studios event.

Pairings II - conversations and collaborations is an exhibition which brings together pairs of makers to discuss and share the experience of making.

Over 20 makers and designers have come together in partnerships or in threesomes. Each participant has a distinct and established area of their own practice which they have shared with another maker in order to have an experience of a different material, a new process and an exchange of ideas. The exhibition will show the results of these playful duets and trios and conversations between makers, where materials have been questioned or different approaches are placed together in reflection or contradiction.

The exhibition runs from April 28 to May 27 at the Museum in the Park, Stroud. Admission is free.

Alongside the exhibition, a symposium on Saturday 5 May will bring together a panel of international artists, scientists and designers to debate and explore how they have been inspired to create new work through collaboration. The symposium takes place at Stroud College. Tickets: £60 (£40 students and Friends of SIT), including light lunch.

26 designer makers who specialise in textiles and contemporary crafts will open their studio doors in May for visitors meet them, enjoy and discuss their work.

The 2012 Textile Trail runs on the weekends of 12 & 13 and 19 & 20 May. It weaves through the Stroud Valleys to Nailsworth and to Cirencester. Visitors will discover studios in gardens, old redundant Mills, attics, and contemporary spaces.