Common Threads is a community of practice; a group of designer-makers creating a range of textiles who met whilst studying Contemporary Constructed Textiles at Bradford School of Art in 2015. During the part-time course, Margot Bromley specialised in machine knitting, whilst Lin Carter, Fiona Catanach, Sue Christian and Nicola Rudd specialised in weaving, but like most textile enthusiasts they are not limited to just one craft.
As the course came to an end, they realised that they did not want to lose the collaborative nature of their learning and set up the group with the aim of meeting up two or three times a year to share ideas and challenge their creative practice. Although individual members of the group produce work in their own style, favouring particular yarns, techniques or finished products, each year they aim to use a ‘common thread’ in a project. It may be a set of pieces each favouring the same yarn or colour palette, or it could be a collection based on a share theme and common starting point.
Although they have kept in touch regularly online the pandemic has temporarily put a stop to their meeting up in person. This exhibition is an reflection of where their practice has taken each of them individually during their time apart.
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