Su Trindle: Handmade Silver & Resin Jewellery

Showing at Wetpaint Gallery 1 September – 1 October

Su Trindle is an independent jewellery designer and silversmith living in Bath, in the west of England.

Su works predominantly in silver and resin. Her jewellery designs are bold, colourful and geometric with strong linear elements. A recurring source of inspiration are the abstract works of early 20th century sculptors and designers. Su studied Craft and Jewellery Design at Bath City College. She is a Member of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery and the Gloucester Guild of Craftsmen.


Exhibition: Sir Peter Blake rare prints with jewellery by Su Trindle and sculpture by Jon Buck.
1 September – 1 October.

Peter Blake at Wetpaint Gallery


Wetpaint Gallery
Chalford GL6 8NR

Su Trindle

Camilla Ward: Exhibition of Contemporary Paintings at meme cafe bar

Camilla Ward Return ll

Camilla Ward – Return ll

Date: September 6th – October 29th
Venue: meme cafe bar,George Street Stroud GL5 3DY
Entry: Free

‘’I want to describe a response to my immediate environment, either rural or urban and, sometimes, my travels further afield.  My excitement with colour, form, line and texture gives me an intuitive language to express this dialogue. Often it is perverse; the town can be tranquil, calm, reassuring while the countryside can be edgy, challenging or insecure’’

meme is a design-led, independently owned café bar offering a relaxed and friendly space for coffee, drinks, music, art, performance, food and conversation.


Announcement: Collectives Fair

SITselect in partnership with Polly Lyster of Dyeworks is launching a new event.

Collectives Fair will open on 20-21 May 2017 as part of the SITselect festival.

Two days of textiles and crafted artefacts with talks from leading innovators.


select Christmas Trail 2016

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December 2016

Join us for a weekend where artists / designer makers open their studios and arrange exhibitions of their work this Christmas. Come to look, enjoy and wander the Stroud Valleys and buy handmade craft.

Look out for the select trail signs to find the participating artists.

Look out for the Trail signs to find the participating artists.

Stroud and the surrounding area is rich in creative talent and the Select Trail provides a wonderful opportunity to explore the glorious valleys and countryside as well and meet the makers and see the work they create.

It is a wonderful way to buy and own a piece of original handmade work lovingly designed and made.

Details and a free leaflet to follow soon – sign up to our email for updates.

On the Trail you will be able to see a wide range of crafts and appreciate different approaches to design. Always something new to experience – plus the first hand opportunity of meeting the artist, soaking up the studio and workshop atmosphere as well as enjoying exhibitions curated by the artists.

Look out for the signs to direct you to the studios and exhibitions.

View the select trail brochure summer 2016 PDF, for a flavour of the artists involved:


Contemporary Printmakers Exhibition at Wetpaint Gallery

Rowan Whimster Ochre-impressed blue/pink and yellow bowl Handbuilt stoneware 380 x 200mm

Rowan Whimster
Ochre-impressed blue/pink and yellow bowl Handbuilt stoneware 380 x 200mm

Date: 1st -31st July 2016
Opening Times: Thursday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
Venue: Hallidays Mill, London Road,Chalford, Stroud GL6 8NR, UK
Entry: Free

This exhibition celebrates the art of printmaking and will feature an exclusive selection of contemporary printmakers from all over the country. Included in the exhibition will be linocuts by Melvyn Evans and Lucy Farley.

Ceramics by Rowan Whimster – Papier mache by Gill Hackett

Further artists to be announced. On show will be a range of techniques including screen prints, linocuts, etchings and wood engravings. Further artists to be announced and all works will be for sale.

Exhibition Opening Times Thursday – Saturday 10am-5pm

Wetpaint Gallery is one of the most well established and respected contemporary galleries in Gloucestershire. Established in 2002, the gallery soon developed a notable reputation by hosting a series of high profile exhibitions including artists such as; David Hockney RA, Sir Peter Blake RA, John Piper, Paul Hogarth OBE RA, Sandra Blow RA,  Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Eric Gill, LS Lowry, Graham Sutherland, Victor Pasmore, Craigie Aitchison RA and Mary Fedden RA.

Material Developments – Lecture and Seminar Session

Roberts loom in weaving shed 1835

Roberts loom in weaving shed 1835

Shamees Aden - Amoeba Protocell Running Shoe

Shamees Aden – Amoeba Protocell Running Shoe

How have textiles developed and evolved since the Industrial Revolution? How have they shaped lives? How has technology changed the production of textiles? Can textiles be used as a tool for reading social history? Do all cultures interact with textiles in the same way?

This textile history course will analyse modern textile outcomes, focusing on technological, social and cultural developments. We will explore modern material developments from the Industrial Revolution to the present day. The course will analyse at a broad selection of textile pieces and practices from a variety of disciplines, including: fashion; interiors; craft; and architecture.
If you would like to explore modern material developments, join us Tuesday evenings at SGS College, Stroud.

Location: SGS College, Stroud

Date: Tuesday (10 weeks from 14th April)

Time: 18.00-20.00

For more information:

Experimental Textiles Workshop

Lydia Wooldridge Magnetism RESIN

Fancy creating innovative, mixed-media textiles? On the Experimental Textiles course at SGS college, Stroud, we will be combining traditional textile techniques with modern materials. Join us in the great material experiment!

During the five-week course we will be applying traditional textile techniques, like appliqué, embroidery and cutwork to a variety of modern materials, from plastics and non-wovens to rubbers and metals. You will learn how to create modern multi-media textile designs for fashion or interiors. All projects will be original thanks to your material and technique selections.

Location: SGS College, Stroud

Date: Thursday (5 weeks from 16th April)

Time: 18.00-20.00

For more information:

Godfried Donkor: The Currency of Ntoma

Godfried Donkor is a Ghanaian visual artist living and working in London. His artistic practice straddles continents and cultures as well as sociological, and historical spheres. The film project, The currency of Ntoma (2012) is a brilliant example of his transcultural artistic approach.

The currency of Ntoma presents Donkor’s own mother as a collector of valuable objects – Dutch wax prints. The project is made up of two films (one audio+visual, one visual) streamed simultaneously on opposing walls in a gallery space. For the purpose of the Cultural Threads symposium, the two films were streamed side by side.

The Currency of Ntoma

The Currency of Ntoma, Donkor, G (2012). Two-channel video projection. From Hollandaise, at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam

For Donkor currency should not be considered purely financial. Currency simply means flow, whether that is the flow of knowledge, money, or goods. Flow references process and in any process there is a start and end position. By acknowledging Dutch wax textiles as the Currency of Ntoma, Donkor references the flow of goods, knowledge and wealth between the Netherlands and West Africa.

The Currency of Ntoma - filmstill

The Currency of Ntoma, Donkor, G (2012). Two-channel video projection. From Hollandaise, at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam

The Dutch wax fabrics collected by Donkor’s mother and so many women in Ghana have truly transcultural identities. They are/were often designed in the Netherlands (based on traditional African designs) and exported to West Africa. Additionally, The Currency of Ntoma emphasises the importance of naming textiles for Ghanaian women. They name each design individually, so it remains rooted in their culture.

Godfried Donkor’s film, The Currency of Ntoma, reminds us all of the international value of textiles. 

Julie Ryder: Reflections on Charles Darwin’s South Pacific

Australian textile artist, Julie Ryder, analyses transcultural encounter in her research project, Generate/Regenerate. This project features in Cultural Threads: transnational textiles today (ed. Jessica Hemmings) and Julie Ryder presented her research at the Cultural Threads symposium held recently in London.

Generate/Regenerate is a project inspired by the Charles Darwin’s explorations of the South Pacific in 1831. Ryder’s project references the 18th and 19th century fascination with scientific exploration, specimen collection, and the ‘exotic other’.

Ryder’s design process resembles the specimen collection undertaken by Darwin during his explorations; she has meticulously hand-punched leaves (her specimens) before carefully applying them to tapa cloth in intricate floral compositions.

Generate: Emma Darwin

Generate: Emma, Ryder, J. (2008) Hand-punched leaves and Tapa cloth (detail)

Generate consists of a triptych of portraits of the Darwin/Wedgwood family. Each portrait references the intermarriage within the two families, as well as the interactions between the South American and British cultures.

Generate: Emma Darwin

 Generate: Emma, Ryder, J. (2008) Hand-punched leaves and Tapa cloth

Regenerate is the second part of the research project, in which Ryder transforms the Generate designs into repeat digital textile prints. The final designs are directly inspired by floral textile designs from the nineteenth century, whilst the restricted colour palette references renowned Wedgwood Jasperware pottery.

Regenerate: 1859

 Regenerate: 1859, Ryder, J. (2008) Direct digital silk print (detail)

Cultural Threads Symposium, Feb 2015

Over the next week, the SITselect blog will look at the projects discussed in the Cultural Threads symposium held at Central Saint Martins, London.

The Cultural Threads symposium marked the launch of the book, Cultural Threads: transnational textiles today (Hemmings, 2015). The publication draws on a wealth of contemporary art and design to address issues concerning cross-cultural encounter.

Cultural Threads Launch