The artists met while taking part in workshops at Stitched Up and Fleeced Studio in Nethergreen, Sheffield and displayed together for the first time during Open Up Sheffield.
One of the group, Jude Shore said: “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 another member said: “We have chosen the name ev-ol-ve because our creativity grows as both our work and the artists develop.”
The range of textiles they produce is wide and includes hung wall art, cushions, throws, garments, hats and jewellery.
They have given the exhibition at Cromford the title of Layers with the idea of linking to the layers of inspiration, (thought, design, fabric and stitch) that go into their work, the fact that many textile pieces are used in layers and also the layers of history contained in garments made with recycled materials.
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.
The Layers exhibition can be visited free of charge between September 19 and October 1, 11am -4.30pm. At Cromford Mills you can also visit the Tangled Yarns exhibition which explores the politics and morality of the textile industry through history.
The 11 artists are: Jude Shore who likes to experiment with layering different fabrics and fibres to make interesting and unusual backgrounds for stitch; Helen Moyes who creates new garments by layering repurposed fabric as well as producing 3D wall art with layers of mixed media and found objects; Jenny Robson who creates vessels inspired by rock strata, weathered surfaces and the movement of water; Sue Lancaster who uses natural dyeing, printing, machine stitch drawing and quilting to create layers, textures and patterns; Karen Herrick who is exhibiting hand felted landscapes & mixed media wall art, layered with machine & hand stitch, beads and sequins; Linda Graywahl who has used a building as inspiration, with shapes and reflections created to build up layers of paper and fabric, over printed and stitched; Pam Jordon who has used ‘layers of the past’ as an inspiration for her work, constructing backgrounds from interesting materials to stitch into; Jane Philips who has created work inspired by insect wings by layering collage, paint, ink, wax crayon and stitches; Helen Ward who uses knitting and crochet with a variety of yarn composition, weight and colour to create unique designs; Julie Shearing who takes inspiration from the bold patterns and colours found on fish and creates layered abstract printed surfaces; Gil Thurley who has produced a collection of unique clothing, embellished with patchwork strips and hand embroidery.