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ev-ol-ve textile group

Eleven Artists Reveal Their Layers for the First Time

From an upstairs room, in a Sheffield suburb, creativity has been developing and a new group of artists has emerged. All eleven members of this group have taken part in workshops at Stitched Up and Fleeced Studio in Nethergreen, Sheffield, but create textile art across South Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

The group displayed together for the first time during Open Up Sheffield, one of the largest free cultural events in the region. They are now preparing for the Layers exhibition in September at Cromford Mills near Matlock. Jude Shore says, “We are absolutely thrilled to have progressed this far putting on exhibitions of textile and mixed media art, all bringing different things to the group.”


Helen Moyes agrees, “We have chosen the name ev-ol-ve because our creativity grows as both our work and the artists develop.” Sue Lancaster adds, “The aim of ev-ol-ve is individual personal development within in a supportive group.” The artists use a staggering array of techniques and a wide variety of media, to create decorative pieces for fashion and the home, both creative and functional. The range includes hung wall art, cushions, throws, garments, hats and jewellery.

Layers are used within each piece. “As a designer and maker I work through a process – layers of inspiration, thought, design, fabric and stitch” explains Jenny Robson. Helen Ward describes how many textile pieces are also used in layers “My throws, whilst practical, are also intended for display laid across the back of a sofa or the bottom of a bed”. Several creations recycle materials. Helen Moyes shares how she is excited by the “layers of history contained in her garments ready for a new wearer”.

Some of the artists accept commissions. Some teach courses and workshops, and run sewing and craft events for all ages. During the exhibition artists will be available to discuss the work.

At Cromford Mills you can also visit the Tangled Yarns exhibition which explores the politics and morality of the textile industry through history. Various fabric, antique craft and food opportunities are open, and there are some lovely walks in the area. A great day out!

The Layers exhibition can be visited free of charge between 19th September and 1st October 11 – 4.30 at Cromford Mills, Mill Lane, Cromford, Matlock, DE4 3RQ