62 Group News

‘British Textile Art Exhibition 62@50′


Koyo Gallery, Showa Women’s University, 1-7 Taishido Setagaya Ku, Tokyo,
Japan, 154-8533
Opens on 10th December 2013.

Connections with Japan go back to 1984/5 when the group staged a touring exhibition which visited Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. 1984 was also the year that Atsuko Yamamoto joined the group and we would like to thank her for all her hard work in Japan this year ensuring that plans for the current exhibition would come to fruition. Atsuko will be helping to oversee the installation of the exhibition along with Jae Maries, Penny Burnfield and Jan Miller who are travelling out from the UK.

In 1992 the group celebrated their 30th Anniversary with a second exhibition in Japan, this time at the Hankyu Gallery.

Our second Japanese member Shizuko Kimura joined the group in 1998. Shizuko sadly died last year and this year’s exhibition is dedicated to her. Some of Shizuko’s beautiful and sensitive work has been kindly loaned by her family and will be shown as part of the exhibition. 

The exhibition runs from 10 December 2013 to 25 January 2014
Opening hours are 12 noon to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Closed 23 December 2013 to 13 January 2014

Koyo Gallery poster

‘In the Pink’


Pink Wood, Bruton, BA10 0QN

Come and visit Pink Wood near Bruton in Somerset and discover the 62 Group of Textile Artists taking up the challenge of working in this beautiful woodland environment.

Our work is normally exhibited in galleries but this year we have been invited to create innovative installations out of doors.

It is an adventure for us, so do come and meet the artists working on site and take a pleasant walk along the grassy paths, discovering art work amongst the trees.
Guided tours: Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September between 12.00 and 15.00.

Follow A359 from Bruton.
First right, signposted North / South Brewham.
Follow this road a few miles.
BEFORE railway bridge, turn left onto Pinkwood Lane until gateway into Pink Wood on left.

Contact Details:
Sian Martin
01278 652089 / 07901 685799



‘Small Talk’ Exhibition Talks


Both events take place at Constance Howard Gallery, Goldsmiths University of London,
Deptford Town Hall, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW

Events are FREE & OPEN TO ALL – no booking required, just turn up!

Tuesday 4th June. 1-2pm
62 Group, Goldsmiths and beyond. Led by Heather Belcher & Lucy Brown

62 Group Artists Heather Belcher and Lucy Brown will be in conversation, introducing the 62 Group, outlining its aims, history and its connections through textiles at Goldsmiths and beyond. As Goldsmith Textile Alumni, and 62 Group exhibiting and committee members, Heather and Lucy will reflect on their past and present individual practices and future projects of the 62 Group. There will be the opportunity to ask questions and join in discussion while having a chance to handle samples from the 62 Group’s Handling Collection.

Tuesday 11th June. 1-2pm

The Witchcraft Series (Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead) by Anne Jackson, 62 Group artist.
Anne Jackson’s current work titled The Witchcraft Series, explores witch persecution in European history, the idea of “the witch” and witchcraft in contemporary culture. Anne sees this subject as a rich metaphorical territory, with its resonances of fear of the unknown, the feminine, and the “other”. Anne will discuss these themes further in context with her personal practice.

For queries contact; Goldsmiths Textile Collection:textiles@gold.ac.uk

Goldsmiths, University of London travel information http://www.gold.ac.uk/find-us/

Lucy Brown


Independent Curator Kate Stoddart has recently reviewed Lucy Browns’ ‘Offerings’ on a-n Interface.
‘Offerings’ was presented at the Project Space, COLLECT 2012 Saatchi Gallery, London and in the 62 Group exhibition 62@50 at The Holden Gallery. Manchester, July- August 2012. ‘Offerings’ was supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and The Theo Moorman Trust for Weavers.
Lucy Browns' Offerings for The Holden Gallery

Lucy Brown


‘Lace Works’ – ‘Contemporary Art & Nottingham Lace’ Exhibition at Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery until 3rd Feb 2013.

Lucy Brown is exhibiting newly commissioned works – ‘the secrets we keep from ourselves’ and ‘Veils’ (an outside intervention) in Lace Works inspired by Nottingham Lace.

Further Information at Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery
‘Lace Works’ is part of ‘Lace: Here: Now’ – a season of lace exhibitions and events that celebrate the heritage of the Nottingham Lace industry and demonstrates that lace still inspires, fascinates and excites.
Lace: Here: Now
Lace Works

‘Warp & Weft; Woven Textiles in Fashion, Art and Interiors’.
A new book by Dr Jessica Hemmings published by Bloomsbury; £19.99. Lucy Brown’s work is featured in the ‘Emotion’ chapter of this new publication. Warp & Weft has recently been reviewed in the current issue of Crafts magazine, No 239 Nov/Dec 2012 by Mary Schoeser.

Sue Stone


Designer Crafts at the Mall 2013
Friday 11th January to Sunday 20th January 2013
Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, SW1
Open daily: l0am to 5pm (Closing on Sunday 20th 4pm)
Admission £4 (with concessions). Free Catalogue.

Larger work will be for sale in the exhibition. Small studies will be for sale in the Shop within the Show. Hand made Cards and postcards will also be for sale in the shop.

62 Group Symposium at The Knitting and Stitch Show, Harrogate


In Discussion with the 62 Group of Textile Artists

In their 50th anniversary year, members of the 62 Group of Textile Artists, invited artists and curatorial professionals will reflect on their individual and collective practices. The symposium will offer the unusual opportunity to meet and share discussions with a large number of the Group’s artists, as well as giving Group members the chance to meet and interact with their viewers.

Six pertinent topics will be discussed in small, informal focus groups to encourage interaction, facilitated by an invited chair:

Who, What and Why? chaired by Audrey Walker MBE and Jan Beaney

Diversity of Practice chaired by Hilary Bower

Surviving in the Workplace chaired by Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor

What’s in a Name? chaired by Professor Ann Morrell

Curatorial Responsibility chaired by June Hill

The 62 Group in Print chaired by Professor Lesley Millar MBE

Saturday 24th November 2012; 1.30-4.30pm – The Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate International Centre (Hall F – Basement). The event is free, but booking is required.

Shizuko Kimura


We are very sad to announce the death of one of our members Shizuko Kimura.

Shizuko joined the Group in 1998 and saw herself as an artist working in a form of figurative fine art but it was important to her that the viewer recognised the textile root of her work. Her beautifully delicate life drawings in thread on fine muslin were always an arresting addition to our exhibitions and we will dearly miss her searching and sensitive eye.

We were privileged to have her as a member.

Jae Maries (Chairperson of the 62 Group of Textile Artists)

Models in New York II (detail); cotton muslin, silk, cotton and synthetic threads, 2.5m wide x 1.14m high. Photo: Junichi Kanzaki

Tilleke Schwarz


Book: New Potatoes

New Potatoes is a lavishly-illustrated new book and now for sale. It contains Tilleke’s work from the period 2007–2012, has 72 pages and more than 90 full colour pictures, with beautiful large details and some background information. The price is 22 euro (P & P included in the UK), other countries do contact me. Send an email if you would like to see a preview: info@tillekeschwarz.com

Upcoming Exhibitions
Fairfield Mill Gallery, Cumbria (UK), 62 @ 50; 22 September – 11 November 2012 www.farfieldmill.org
Yellow Fellow collection in Leidschendam (NL); from September 1st 2012, group show www.yellow-fellow.org
Knitting and Stitching Show 2012 in London, Dublin and Harrogate (UK) autumn 2012. My work can be seen in a group show to support the sales of the book Push Stitcherywww.twistedthread.com/pages/exhibitions/viewExhibition.aspx?id=39
Galery Handwerk München (D) “Nadelwerke / Needleworks” 16 October – 17 November 2012. For this international group show about 25 artists were invited. For details see: www.hwk-muenchen.de/galerie
Kunstencentrum Kadmium Delft (NL) exhibition “Attaque”, showing couples of artists with very different kinds of work. My work will be combined with sculpture by Jaco van der Vaart. www.kadmium.nl
Knitting and Stitching Show 2013 in London, Dublin and Harrogate (UK) autumn 2013; solo show.

Workshop (NL) “Je eigen verhaal vertellen” Woodbrooke hotel in Barchem, 16 – 18 November 2012.

Push Stitchery:  30 Artists Explore the Boundaries of Stitched Art  Book  (176 pages) curated by Jamie Chalmers and edited by Lark Books  on September 6th 2011. I am happy to inform you that it contains 7 pages on my embroidery. Order via Amazon

Gateways to Art An Introduction to the Visual Arts [Paperback] by Debra J. Dewitte (Author), Ralph M. Larmann (Author), Kathryn M. Shields (Author), published by Thames and Hudson (USA) in October 2011. It has 630 pages and over 1,000 illustrations from around the world, and from everyday life. It includes my work as one of the very few examples of fibre art.

Textiel Leeft by Ellen Bakker (NL), planned November 2012

Textiles: the Art of Mankind  (UK) by Mary Schoesser, planned November 2012. This major new work (with 568 pages) comprises more than 1,000 images that highlight the beauty, subtlety, simplicity or complexity of textiles created around the world. The juxtaposition of historical and contemporary examples highlights the skill and imagination of textile designers throughout history, as well as the remarkable range of achievements.

Hand Stitch by Alice Kettle and Jane McKeating, planned October 2012

Text in Textile Art by Sara Impey Batsford (UK) planned for 2013

Printed Textile Design by Amanda Briggs-Goode, Laurence King Publishing (UK) planned for 2013

62@50 – current exhibition


62@50 is at the Holden Gallery, Cavendish Street, Manchester M15 6BR and runs from 16th July – 17th August 2012.

The private view takes place on Friday 20th July from 6-8pm.