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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:

  • William Morris Fabric printing – Use wood printing blocks to upcycle your old bags and clothing, with Rebecca Jacobs of the William Morris Gallery. Free. Saturday 23rd June, 14:00 – 16:00, The Mill
  • Creature Creating for Kids – Make pom-pom critters with the Significant Seams team, £4, Tuesday 26th June, 16:00 – 17:00 , The Mill
  •  Change purse making for kids, £8,  27 June, 4pm – 5pm, the Significant Seams Hub in Wood Street Market
  • Creature Creating for Kids – Make pom-pom critters with the Significant Seams team, £4, Thursday 28th June, 16:00 – 17:00 , The Significant Seams Hub in Wood Street Market
  • Soft Words – Embroidering Words of Kindness on to Delicate Textiles, with artist embroiderer Kate Rolison, £5 Thursday 28th June, 18:00 – 20:00, The Mill
  • Be Soft On Yourself – Quilt a miniature patchwork brooch with art quilter Catherine West, £8, all materials provided Thursday 5th July, 10:30 – 12:30, The Mill
  • Tie-Dye Bunting Making Workshop for Kids for Independents’ Day Celebrations, £4 suggested donation4 July, 4pm – 5pm, The Significant Seams Hub in Wood Street Indoor Market
  • Medallion Bunting Decoration Workshop for Kids for Independents’ Day Celebrations, £4 suggested donation5 July, 4pm – 5pm, The Significant Seams Hub in Wood Street Indoor Market

The exhibition will culminate with the  E17 Designers SOFT Summer Market.  Buy gorgeous creations from local designers, Free entry,  Saturday 14th July, 13:00-17:00

Proceeds from workshops and sales of items in the exhibition will go to support the charitable activities of The Mill and Significant Seams.

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!”

“Lovely exhibition!”

“GREAT STUFF!”

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