Monday 19 January 2015

Time and tide

I have almost finished this piece for Preston Threads exhibition at Lancaster Maritime Museum, later this year.
I dyed some silk, using rust and tea. I then hand embroidered the piece using Oliver Twist Threads.
Most of my pieces for the exhibition have been inspired by millard lowe's poem
This I found on

These salted memories tell stories
The oceans and seas gave birth to.

Over the tempestuous waters
Echoes from the bellies of slave ships
Ride the tides of history

Spreading ripples over the shores
Of time proclaiming forgiveness
For lost souls.

We sashay along the bleached beaches
Where white sands mask the shed blood;
And splashing waves drown out
The ghost echoes of rattling chains

We no longer remember
Our beginnings here.
The poem really conveys how I felt whilst walking along the beach at Sunderland Point, to visit Sambo's grave. It's isolation, with views across the sea, means it places visitors at the point of arrival and departure for the ships which had taken part in the slave trade. For a while, a pleasurable walk is interrupted by the chill reminder of more sinister comings and goings which international trade has fostered?

Monday 12 January 2015

Time and Tide exhibition

Here is a preview of one of Pat Fisher's pieces for the Maritime Museum, in Lancaster. The exhibition is called 'Time and Tide' and starts on 11th April.
All Pat's work is hand-stitched. Pat won the Open Exhibition at The Platform Gallery in Clitheroe last summer.
More images are available on our website.
Preston Threads Website

Sunday 11 January 2015

Welcome to Preston Threads

Welcome to our new blog.
We were having so much trouble with our old blog we decided to abandon it and start again.
The nice thing is we get to use our proper title this time, rather than 'PT'!
We are looking forward to 2015.
From 11th April until 21st June our new exhibition ' Time and Tide' will be taking place at Lancaster Maritime Museum.
Photos to follow when I learn how to upload them!
Next month we will welcome Amanda Clayton , who is to be our tutor for this year. We are looking forward to working with her.
There is lots of work for us this year as we are committed to two exhibitions in lots more to follow.
In the meantime you can see what we are up to by looking on our website.