Yarning the land

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Here is the press release for an exhibition I am involved in, opening in April.



Marlborough, Wednesday 7th February, 2018

The landscape of the Marlborough Downs and beyond is the subject of Yarning the Land, a new exhibition of freestyle crochet, launching at Marlboroughs White Horse Gallery running throughout April. The exhibition features the work of artists Gemma MacLennan and Barbara Touati-Evans and aims to tell stories of the land and the differing ways we relate to it in the modern world”

The artists were inspired by a drive through the Downs and further afield around Wiltshire to create a large-scale collaborative piece and individual works based on what they saw. Further research included examining aerial photography of the area and visits to Avebury and Silbury, where they could examine the structure of the soil, observe local wildlife and interact with the natural world.

Gemma MacLennan said:Yarn is a familiar and comfortable medium for us to work with as we both teach crochet, but its use also ties in with the concept of our work. ‘Yarning the Land’ refers to the idea of telling stories (or ‘yarns’) about the land; its structure, the large and small details of it and the wild things which inhabit it”

Barbara Touati-Evans said:Our work, individually and collaboratively, is about offering multiple perspectives of the Wiltshire landscape using the traditional craft of crochet in a contemporary way. It is about how we view the land through technology, such as the car and computer, alongside how we experience it when out walking or observing nature”

Yarning the Land: An exhibition of textile art’ runs at the White Horse Gallery, Marlborough from 4th – 28th April. Admission is free and artworks will be available to buy.

For more information about the exhibition and the work of both artists contact:

About the White Horse Gallery

The White Horse Gallery, Marlborough is attached to The White Horse Bookshop and was opened in May 2016. Designed by architect Renshaw Hiscox, it has held exhibitions by Eduardo Paolozzi, George Dannatt, Eric Gill and wood engraver Simon Brett, as well as many local Wiltshire artists.

The White Horse Bookshop has been at the present site since 1949 and was bought in 2014 by Robert Hiscox and Brian Kingham, saving it from closure. It is currently the Wiltshire Life Business of the Year.