Inspired by the great outdoors

The Meadowsweet artists (L to R), Allyson Gee, Sarah Mitchell and Ellie Langley, with examples of their work that will be on show during the Meadowsweet Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour.
The Meadowsweet artists (L to R), Allyson Gee, Sarah Mitchell and Ellie Langley, with examples of their work that will be on show during the Meadowsweet Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour.
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CONTEMPORARY crafts will be on display in Pegswood this week.

The latest Highlights Rural Touring Scheme showcases the work of three very different artists based around a common theme of hay meadows.

Entitled Meadowsweet, the exhibition features felt maker Ellie Langley, artist’s bookmaker Sarah Mitchell and jeweller Allyson Gee.

Ms Mitchell combines paper and book-binding skills to create complex pieces, made using simple cutting, folding and stitching techniques and revealed through silhouettes, concertina structures and imaginative use of stitch and thread.

Ms Gee uses real specimens of butterflies and bees reclaimed from Victorian collections in her jewellery and creates geometric structures which imitate the display cases that the insects and butterflies are held in.

Ms Langley’s inspiration and materials come from the sheep that graze the North Pennine meadows. Her work includes functional pieces from the everyday to the more unusual, such as coffins and wedding dresses.

The exhibition is part of the seventh contemporary craft tour organised by Highlights.

Together with Cumbria’s Arts Out West scheme, the rural touring group has secured joint funding of £365,975 from Arts Council England over three years to support village hall events.

Both organisations work with volunteers in rural and semi-urban areas to provide professional theatre, music, dance and children’s events in halls and community centres. They also offer workshops and training.

Highlights Co-Director Rosie Cross said: “We are delighted with the settlement and will continue to work with our network of volunteers to ensure that people in rural areas of Northumberland and semi-urban areas in the south east of the county continue to enjoy professional entertainment and the social benefits this brings to isolated communities.”

The Meadowsweet exhibition is taking place at Pegswood Community Project in Longhirst Road from Friday to Sunday, between 11am and 5pm each day. Entry is free.

For more information telephone Highlights on 017683 53954 or visit www.highlightsnorth.co.uk