Common Thread at Roche Court

THE spring exhibition at the New Art Centre at Roche Court, Winterslow, is Common Thread, celebrating the diversity of contemporary textile art

The exhibition – online at – examines the cultural and technological expression of culture through woven and dyed fibres throughout history and today.

The artists with work on show are Jodie Carey, Mark Corfield-Moore, Ayan Farah, Forest and Found, David Murphy, Isobel Napier, Amy Revier, Sophie Rowley and Katharine Swailes.

The context of the exhibition is the way textile production, in its many forms, has crossed geographical and cultural boundaries, and is one of the earliest human technologies.

The practice of weaving and dying fibres dates back to prehistoric times and the art of designing textiles has been a medium for both utility and creative expression throughout human history.

Common Thread brings together a group of artists whose work focuses on the history of textile technology and design, and their shifting values for people across  place  and time. It explores the ways in which certain textile-producing technologies are still in effect while others are being challenged, and reflects on the place of textiles in art and in contemporary society.

Pictured: Curtain Twitcher, by Mark Corfield-Moore, 2020, dyed warp, handwoven cotton; Untitled (Gathering), by David Murphy, 2020, soldered steel and cellulose paint.