Textiles Exhibition at Eastleigh College

Wainwright's walk...

Louise Wainwright’s Woodland Walk, at Eastleigh College…

Patchwork, embroidery and quilting were on display at Eastleigh College’s Stitched Textiles Summer Exhibition recently.

Students from various textiles courses showcased some elaborate and intricate pieces of work at the three-day event, which was held at the Eastleigh College’s Desborough Campus.

For her Level 2 City and Guilds in Patchwork and Quilting course, Linda Middleton created a beautiful quilt based on the famous artist, Kandinsky. Talking about her work and the course, Linda said:

“This quilt represents Kandinsky’s artistic work. Although my work is quilting, there is also applique and embroidery on it. I’ve enjoyed this course and it’s encouraged me to do lots of different things that I would never have done before. Beforehand I was a traditional quilter and now I design my own work. I have now started the Level 3 course and am also thinking about the degree course in future!”

Louise Wainwright, a final year student on Eastleigh College’s Foundation Degree in Stitched Textiles course, created an experience of a woodland walk inspired by her love of bird watching. She used various materials and sound to create a unique piece of local landscape. Louise said;

“I tried to convey the calm feeling that listening to bird singing gives me. The important aspect of my work is that all materials used are natural such as paper, hand-dyed linen, beeswax and ink. The course has been challenging but we’ve all enjoyed it, it’s been great. It takes a lot of your time but is very rewarding and uplifting.”

Visitor, Janine Reece, travelled from Farnham in Surrey to attend the show and was delighted with what she saw:

“I’ve come with my brother, who has travelled from Weymouth. We came to the show last year which was exceptional so we came back again this year. So far, the work I’ve seen is fantastic. I’ve just seen Louise Wainwright’s work which is beautiful.”

To find out more about the range of part-time textiles courses on offer pick up the Eastleigh College Part-Time Courses Prospectus by calling 23 8091 1299 or visit www.eastleigh.ac.uk

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site.