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What three words - an inspirational exhibition

Over the weekend of 19-20 August Westbury Arts Centre welcomed over 300 enthusiastic visitors to the Westbury Fabric and Fibre Guild’s Annual Show 2023. The show featured work in an amazing range of textile art forms, from appliqué to wet-felting with 3D pieces as well as framed work and wall hangings.

The piece featured in the photo is a 130cm square wet-felted hanging Warmth from nature by local artist Martine Levaudel. All the wool used for this abstract composition was dyed using plants from Martine’s own garden.

This was the Westbury Fabric and Fibre Guild’s seventh annual show and was pronounced by visitors ‘the best yet’, for the number, variety, and quality of exhibits and the imaginative curation.

Guild organiser and resident artist at Westbury, Yvonne Elliott says: ‘In the past we’ve had an overarching theme for our exhibitions and I think this year’s simple requirements that work should be recent and titled using just three words helped us attract an even greater number of exhibitors; it was exciting to have contributors from as far afield as Luton and Hemel Hempstead, as well as from other local textile groups like the Stacey Stitchers, who meet at Milton Keynes Museum’.

The Westbury Fabric and Fibre Guild was established in October 2016 with the aim of sharing skills across all textile art disciplines; the 30-strong membership group meets every Thursday throughout the year at Westbury Arts Centre.

Contact: Yvonne Elliott

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