Galloway textiles collective with invited artist, Roger Lever

Bookshop Gallery 2 – 31 Aug 2015

10.30am - 5pm

Celebrating EAFS 2015, Galloway textiles collective intertwine will be exhibiting, along with invited artist Roger Lever, at the Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet, throughout August.

As part of the satellite programme, the show will reflect both the themes of EAFS 2015 and the diversity of practice of the individual members of the collective. The EAFS 2015 themes could hardly be better for us. Textiles is a rich and broad area, quintessentially reflective of our relationship with our environment, for good and ill, and also with who we are - creatures of community and settlement, of journeying and migration, of consumption and conservation, of creativity and celebration.


Each of the collective will be interpreting one or more of the themes and visitors to the show will be invited to guess which one(s). As artists we cover shoes, hats, dresses, scarves, hangings, bags, jackets, wraps, jewellery. We use a range of fabrics, recycled paper, tea bag paper; dyes, weaving, stitching; pattern and digital printing. You may be surprised by some of what you see and maybe even hear. The work on show will be playful, witty, beautiful, elegant, possibly political; it will tell stories and take you on journeys and, we hope, contribute to a great EAFS 2015.

I have endeavoured to draw attention to environmental issues through my work as a textile designer creating wearable sculptures relating to the conservation of our environment e.g.  textile “coral”   “lichen”  &  “seaweed” scarves,   also endangered flora in hat form. Kay Ribbens

"As a designer-maker Using traditional textile techniques, with only pure natural fabrics, fibres and natural dyes derived from plants and minerals, finished garments, hangings and lengths of cloth can be unusual - always unique and intricate.  Methods which are possibly old-fashioned, labour intensive and unpredictable, but to see the creep of indigo and rust dyes into a shibori-stitch dye resist pattern is a revelation." Janet Harvey

"I am a tapestry weaver who uses traditional skills to depict images in a contemporary manner. Natural fibres are used in my work and I am greatly inspired by the natural and maritime world. This year I am working on maritime images of the Arctic Convoys from WWII using wool, cotton and jute. Tapestry weaving is a wonderful process, working directly with the yarn and watching images gradually emerge over a period of time. " Katie Russell

“Isabell enjoys working with all types of paper but prefers to use recycled and sustainably produced material. She likes working with a material that is by many people considered to be worthless, ready to be discarded without thought and too delicate to last.  Her shoes, dresses and other fashion items are mostly made from tea bag paper that Isabell receives directly from the manufacturing plant in the Scottish Borders. It is local, from 100 % renewable sources and cut from ‘seconds’ that would otherwise not be utilised. While creating her pieces, Isabell recycles paper into unexpected treasures, giving all a new lease of life. While most of her work appears to be delicate, the pieces are surprisingly sturdy and long lasting. Isabell’s main inspiration for her work comes from encounters with nature and the paper she works with”. Isabell Buenz

“My work for this exhibition will be a mix of a design for a large rug and scarves using the same design idea, inspired by the EAFS themes and Robert MacFarlane’s book The Old Ways. In Limestone he writes about walking with a Palestinian friend who lives in the Ramallah region, in what is now known as The West Bank. Before the Six-Day War of 1967 the hills were still mostly unchanged since the Roman occupation and it was possible ‘to conduct what in Arabic is known as sarha’.   Sarha originally meant to let the cattle out to pasture, early in the morning, to wander freely. It was later ‘humanized to suggest the action of a walker who went roaming without constraint or fixed plan’. Now, Ramallah is an area of ‘claustrophobia, restricted movement and conflict’ and routes for walking must be found that avoid trouble. Because of this, the walking has become more important – ‘a way of defeating the compression of space of the Occupation’ even, occasionally, affording a giddy joy under the open sky, the limestone underfoot the bed of an ancestral sea – a releasing sense of geological spans.” Deirdre Carlisle

“Emily Buchanan Design specializes in creating environmentally friendly textiles made to last, using natural dyes and eco fabrics. I am passionate about our natural environment and think it is essential to make my products to have as little negative effect on the planet as possible. To do this I source all the plant life to make the dye’s myself, being sure not to over consume in any one area. Alongside the natural dyes I also create cushions using recycled fabrics, as well as mixed media collages inspired by shape and pattern found in nature.” Emily Buchanan

"Cate Ross uses reclaimed materials in her works, she does this to help build a narrative of environmental sustainability in art works that are often poetic and can be highly critical of the current status quo. Cate’s work takes many forms utilising found objects, reclaimed textiles, wood and metals end up as low relief elements in printmaking and paintings, handmade sculptural forms and installation pieces. Cate specialises in non toxic methods of production, she is very unlikely to buy materials for her work but relies on making her own carbon for drawing and natural pigments and dyes as well as ‘upcycled’ paints found in skips. For more information" Cate Ross