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Programme 2021

Jamie Chalmers – Stitch your story!

As part of this year’s biennial we are inviting people across the country and hopefully the globe to share their  own story of migration and belonging  in a crowd-sourced collection of stitched hoops  curated by Jamie Chalmers (Mr X Stitch) featuring representations from people’s journeys and reflections on their personal heritage. 

As part of this year’s biennial we are inviting people across the country and hopefully the globe to share their  own story of migration and belonging  in a crowd-sourced collection of stitched hoops  curated by Jamie Chalmers (Mr X Stitch) featuring representations from people’s journeys and reflections on their personal heritage. 

Using a 6” hoop stitchers are encouraged to share the stories of where they ended up where they are now. Whether this journey be across continents or down the street, in a literal depiction or an abstract impression, we invite you to share in stitch how you got there and what your place and community means to you now.  

Stitchers will be given free rein to express themselves within their hoops,  but the outcome will be to share their personal story in stitch with the Textile Biennial audience, with the installation hung in a mass installation as part of the biennial programme. 

The collection of pieces will be hung using ceiling suspension and fishing wire to create an installation that visitors can walk through and explore to create a moving exhibition (quite literally as the air movement in the space will cause the hoops to sway) that people can discover and come to learn not only about the places that are represented, but also the global community of stitchers that have participated.