Entries by Christina Fairley Erickson

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Audrey Walker at the Ruthin Craft Centre – Wales

UK Textile Tour Day 9: Audrey Walker at the Ruthin Craft Centre – Wales One week before I was scheduled to leave on my trip, I received my “Embroidery” magazine, the publication from the UK’s Embroiderers’ Guild.  To my surprise, an article highlighted an upcoming exhibition at the Ruthin Craft Centre in Northern Wales of Audrey […]

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Orla Kiely at the Fashion and Textile Museum

UK Day 2- London’s Fashion and Textile Museum The last time I visited London, I found this wonderful little gem of a museum in the Southwark neighborhood.  This visit, they are featuring the work of Orla Kiely, one of Ireland and the UK’s most famous fashion designers, a perfect blend after just completing my trip […]

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RSN Animals in Embroidery

UK Tour Day 1- Royal School of Needlework Curator’s Tour I’m a great admirer of England’s RSN and the incredible embroidery pieces produced by their students and tutors.  I’ve had the great fortune to visit them twice in the past, most recently in 2016 for theor Stumpwork and Raised Work exhibit.  So when planning my […]

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The Game of Thrones Tapestry

Day 4 – Game of Thrones Tapestry at the Ulster Museum, Belfast My guilty pleasure… Game of Thrones (well, Fantasy & Science Fiction overall.)  Now, mix that with textile art and I’m in heaven! Before the final episodes of Game of Thrones were filmed, an army of designers, weavers and embroiderers in Northern Ireland was […]

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Following the Footsteps of Giants

Day 5 – Giants’ Causeway and the Dark Hedges As a member of one of my favorite organizations, the Contemporary Quilt Art Association, I’m hoping to enter an exhibition next year called “Natural Geometry”.  Boy, do I have inspiration to tackle that theme!  A World Heritage site, the Giant’s Causeway is comprised of polygonal basalt […]

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Carrickmacross Lace

Day 3- Carrickmacross, Ireland Ireland has a rich history of lace-making, including several distinct styles: Carrickmacross lace Irish Crochet lace Krnmare kace Limerick lace Youghal lace Knowing this, I wanted the chance to see some of this beautiful needle art!  Driving North from Dublin, we made our way to the little town of Carrickmacross. Carrickmacross […]