All textile art by Patricia Birks, photographed by The Little Log Cabin
The Exhibition – – -
Yesterday we really enjoyed our visit to the In Stitches exhibition in the Loft at Blickling Hall. I came away inspired and although we’d brought a picnic it was good being able to refresh ourselves on that warm day with cool drinks from the cafe.
I met Patricia Birks, one of the artists, who used to teach textile art for 25 years. She is trained in City and Guilds, Mixed Media, and holds a degree in Fine Arts. Although now retired she continues creating pictures with machine embroidery for the love of it, and is open to commissions.
Being very much “tactile art” you have to stop yourself from touching the beautiful pictures.
My fave textile painting from Patricia Birks is her Garden Nymph in tones of burgundy, dark green, gold, and smokey greys which lends itself to a fairy winterland.
But to see the paintings in real life and not in photos has so much more impact.
Patricia kindly let me take photographs of her work for my blog. (Please remember that they may not be reproduced as they are of her artwork as well as my photographs).
If you wish to contact Patricia Birks regarding commission work, you can reach her on her Norfolk UK telephone number: 01603 713103 . At present she is working on creating a web site to showcase her art.
The other artists – – -
My personal favourites from the other exhibiting textile artists include:
The trio of hares within a circular border, Chasing Hares, by Justine Claire Williamson.
Julie Smith‘s Passion Fruit, a large piece with generously sized 3d passion flowers.
South African Bouquet by Margaret Garner, with a dark yet warm colour palette.
The purple and turquoise squiggly fun piece, Jay Puddle by Patricia Birks.
Along with the wall art there were silk hand painted and decorated scarves, purses and bags, small boxes – I love the one with the yellow dandelions adorning the lid! I believe my tortoise would actually try to eat them :P – jewellery, crazy fun monsters, and painstakingly perfectly made large dolls – I believe all fairies?
The textile art can also be purchased.
You can STILL catch this wonderful exhibition as it runs until 20th July 2009. Enjoy your visit! Why not let me know your thoughts and experiences too? :)
If you are one of the participating artists of this exhibition why not write something about your work to be included on this blog? I look forward to hearing from you :)
You can email me at – – -
thelittlelogcabin @ stephaniefaith . net
(Please remember to remove the spaces from the email address. This is a prevention from those annoying spammers).
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In Stitches at Blickling Hall, North Aylsham, Norfolk UK. (East Wing, in The Loft Gallery, above the National Trust shop).
Car park £2.50 – – – this money can be reimbursed either in the cafe or in the gift shop.