The Soft Opening: with fab photos from Mark Burton
So last night was the official opening of SOFT, an exhibition of textile art works created by people from around E17. I was humbled and moved by the 1) the art pieces themselves,singularly and collectively 2) the turnout at this event and 3) our guests responses to the exhibit.
I was actually left speechless by the person who breathlessly told me how stunned she was by the caliber of the work – how she felt she was on the Southbank. I don’t disagree – but I’m not exactly impartial am I? The Worshipful Mayor of Waltham Forest told me “Several pieces were going to stay with [him] for a very long time.” He told me which ones and I had the further privilege of either introducing him to the artists or passing on his feedback.
I received so many ‘thanks’ that seemed to me so misplaced. This exhibit is fundamentally, excuse the pun (which I must credit to Mo, arts organiser at the Mill where the exhibit hangs!) a “knitting together of our local community” – particularly those artists who so often sew alone.
We had volunteers engaged with every detail of this exhibition, and the exhibition itself brought many textile artists together who had never met.
One of our generous volunteers is Mark Burton, a professional photographer who joined us and took a fabulous array of pictures. Please share in the exhibit with us through his images here: The Mill: Soft Exhibition.
Also please visit the exhibition at The Mill on Coppermill Lane, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, E17 3HA sometime over the next several weeks. It is up until 14 July 2012. And don’t forget! The exhibition has a number of associated workshops:
Book online here: http://bookwhen.com/significantseams
We’d really love to hear your feedback about the exhibit here – so please do leave a comment if you are so moved!
In the meantime, a few comments from the guest book….
“Stunning & clever!”
“AmaZing! Especially the pompoms!”
“Met some very interesting people. Epecially liked Kate’s soft book!”