For King Crumpet, a Northeast-based events company, championing new and emerging textile talent is what they do best.
Hannah Butler, creative director at King Crumpet, describes herself as an artist, knitter and crafter. She set up King Crumpet in 2013 as a community for artists and designers to showcase their contemporary textile work.
We were invited along on Friday evening (March 7), to Hartlepool Further Education College. The impressive architecture of the college really stands out against the bleak Hartlepool city and it was the perfect venue for the inaugural SEWN exhibition.
Four designers were selected to show their work. Firstly, Rosebud Casson who takes great inspiration from nature, and titled her collection ‘Nature Magnified’, had truly exquisite detail in her embroidery, adorning accessories and garments. With beautifully hand-stitched dragonflies literally fluttering off collars and sea urchins forming handbag-like pouches.
Poppycock’s work was bold, colourful, and had so much detail it could have been mistaken for digital computer work. From framed illustrations to knitted cushions and brooches, there clearly is no end to the young designers work. Watercolours featured heavily in this collection, with such precise execution to create rainbow hued illustrations.
Instantly after seeing the work of Kayleigh Falcus and the dark, towering, skyline artwork it was clear to see the ‘big apple’, NYC, was her main inspiration after travelling there. Thriving off the simplicity and the clean linear designs, this collection was more art based than textile based, but with some of her artwork being stitched into, it was a very unique touch.
Finally Linear Outline, preaches exactly what it says in the title, adding lines of beautiful thread to old vintage photos. The collection titled ‘Emotional Ties’ uses personal family photos of a long gone era and injects them with colour, dyes and innovative uses of thread.
As we meandered around the independent exhibition, it really resonated on us the talent we have in the North East and how much it is not celebrated. Although King Crumpet are a relatively young company, the work they do is so important to young designers with no funding and are trying to break into a profession deemed as one of the most competitive.
Stitching, knitting and crafts are stereotyped into an over-60s, ‘thing to do while drinking tea and watching Songs of Praise’ category. But with pushing British heritage, textiles and craftsmanship, an important initiative at the moment supporting events and people like this is vital.
Leaving the cheerful venue and vibrant people, the only unjust of the night was the prices of the art, that did not reflect in anyway the talent or craftsmanship that had gone into each individual piece.
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