Sown in thread




Sown in Thread

Textile art by Sabi Westoby

A Freemason's vestment rescued from a skip and the remains of a duvet cover are among the recycled materials creating the artworks in this show, which takes the theme of the cycle of life as seen through the poppy.


As spring gets underway artisan welcomes back Sabi Westoby who will set the gallery flowering with her wonderful Poppies. The theme for this show was inspired by a single photograph of a poppy flower, and draws on the research carried out for a series of wall hangings on the theme of The Great War.



This image, reinterpreted in stitch, paint, print and photograph, forms a significant part of the new work on display. This is Sabi's third solo show.



Sabi's work as a quilter was originally based on the thrifty recycling of scraps of fabric: in this 'post quilting' work the use of randomly found pieces of material helps to give the artworks a life of their own. She has reinterpreted the techniques learnt as a quilt maker to create images with textile and paint. For this exhibition of new work, and with the ethos of recycling, Sabi has only used materials already in her studio. She likes to work in series, with successive pieces taking the process further each time, varying placement, texture or orientation. Images are layered, new textures created by over-printing with paint, photographs are manipulated - the results are used to influence the work, sometimes in an unforeseen way.


In addition to the wall hangings, Sabi's highly collectable textile bowls and fabric covered notebooks will also be shown, as well as a range of small mounted artworks.

Please see attached jpeg images. Subject to availability, all items will be available after the exhibition via artisan. Please contact Naomi Harrison at artisan tel: 020 8451 6315, mob: 0778 900 2052 or email:

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