The art of storytelling through textiles, exploring the many ways in which narrative can be expressed through cloth and needle.
Strange Material explores the relationship between handmade textiles and storytelling. Through text, the act of weaving a tale or dropping a thread takes on new meaning for those who previously have seen textiles―quilts, blankets, articles of clothing, and more―only as functional objects. This book showcases crafters who take storytelling off the page and into the mediums of batik, stitching, dyeing, fabric painting, knitting, crochet, and weaving, creating objects that bear their messages proudly, from personal memoir and cultural fables to pictorial histories and wearable fictions.
A dozen or so textile blood bags will be shown as part of a pop up exhibition in Bedford!
The lovely Mr X Stitch is holding Bedpop Pop Up Shop on Bedford High Street between 28th April - 4th May!
We will feature alongside local Embroiderers’ Guild groups, assorted individuals from across the internets, as well as pieces from Hanne Bang’s “In a War Someone Has To Die” hankie installation.