‘Stitching the Legend’ textile art exhibition

Mayor Victor Robinson with some of the textile pieces on display at the Flax Gallery. INNT 25-219-CON

Mayor Victor Robinson with some of the textile pieces on display at the Flax Gallery. INNT 25-219-CON

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‘Stitching the Legend’ is an exhibition of work by a small cross-border group of textile artists from various parts of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Using their own lives as inspiration, the Textile Art Forum artists have created an exhibition which expresses their appreciation of the iconic ‘Legend’. Through film, fashion, folklore and fairytales, each artist has used her own textile medium and individual expression to interpret the exhibition theme. The result is a crossing of boundaries in terms of styles, backgrounds and cultures.

Using the basic tools of textile art namely cloth, paint and thread, the artists explore the whole idea of ‘Legend’ from fashion icon Mary Quant to the story of Finnbharra, King of the Connacht fairies.

Speaking at an exhibition viewing, Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Victor Robinson commented: “We are delighted to be hosting the ‘Stitching the Legend’ exhibition. The pieces on show demonstrate immense talent and I hope that people will take the opportunity to visit and enjoy this new exhibition in The Flax Gallery.”

The Textile Art Forum aims to increase awareness of the work created by textile artists and to show that the medium of textiles is alive and well and making a valuable contribution to creative expression. The contributing artists are Jan Blair from Co. Meath, Ester Kiely from Co. Galway, Amanda Northey from Co. Antrim and Frances Sawaya from Co. Cavan.

All works on display are for sale to the general public.

‘Stitching the Legend’ is on display in The Flax Gallery at Mossley Mill, Carnmoney Road North until Saturday, June 30.

• The Gallery is open six days a week, Monday to Wednesday 10am to 5pm, Thursday 10am to 9pm, Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday 11am to 4pm.