The Irish Guild of Embroiderers presents
“A Tryst of Threads”
at The Pearse Museum, St. Enda’s Park, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin.
Wed 20th August – Monday 1st September 2014 (Closed Tuesdays)
An Exhibition of textile art by members of the Irish Guild of Embroiderers
and the Northern Ireland Embroidery Guild
Work for this exhibition has been made in response to the theme of Trysts – ‘an appointment to meet at a certain time or place, an assignation, or rendezvous’. In its broadest and most abstract interpretation, ‘A Tryst of Threads’ can relate simply to the transformation that occurs by the manipulation of textiles and threads in both traditional and contemporary embroidery. In a literal sense, it can also relate to the meaning of embroidery as the art of working ornamental designs in threads, not only of silk or cotton, but of any material. The designs can be worked upon any fabric, leather, paper or alternative material, with a needle or similar binding/ gathering instrument or medium.
The Irish Guild of Embroiderers was founded in 2000 to foster and encourage both traditional and contemporary embroidery. It provides relevant lectures and workshops by well known Irish and international textile artists which introduce the members to the latest innovations regarding fabric printing, dyeing and hand and machine embroidery. The Northern Ireland Embroidery Guild was set up in 1980 to celebrate and promote embroidery. With a membership of between 80 -100, it is made up of professional textile artists, teachers and enthusiastic amateurs. Although the embroidery worked by the members is generally contemporary and innovative, traditional hand embroidery skills are also encouraged.