Needles and Yarn at the Centre for Recent Drawing

Celia Pym - Centre for Recent Drawing

Celia Pym - Centre for Recent Drawing - Credit: Archant

Curated by Alice Bygraves, ‘Threads: Taking up Needles and Yarn’ collates work from Celia Pym and Diana Taylor

Two contemporary artists who use textile in their work have come together in a curated exhibition at the Centre for Recent Drawing (C4RD) in Highbury.

Curated by Alice Bygraves, ‘Threads: Taking up Needles and Yarn’ collates work from Celia Pym and Diana Taylor.

The two artists share an interest in museum collections and objects from past civilisations, as well as an awareness of impermanence and ruin.

Pym’s Colour Work is a new piece inspired by the irregularity in pattern that she encounters when darning. Guided by numbers and counting stitches, she attempts not to look at what she knits and doesn’t plan the outcome, knitting until all the colour is used up.


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Taylor grew up surrounded by her Cypriot mother’s tapestries, embroideries and cross-stitch pictures, and this has influenced much of her own work. Combining screen printing with stitching, machine sewn lines follow geographical plans of the ancient Kourion, where her mother is from.

The Centre for Recent Drawing, founded in 2004, is completely dedicated to drawing and exhibitions that hold drawing as a core part of their practice. There is a shared lineage between hand stitching and the hand drawn line.

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Threads: Taking up Needles and Yarn opens on March 17 and runs until April 1, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

C4RD, 2 – 4 Highbury Station Road, N1 1SB

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