Kestle Barton is very pleased to bring together unique and inspired woven rugs by textile artist, Stella Benjamin in an exhibition entitled, WEAVER (14 September – 2 November 2019). The works are for sale and this is a special opportunity to celebrate the major achievements of this talented, local artist with approximately a dozen rugs featured in the show.
The exhibition will be launched with a public opening on Saturday 14 September from 2pm – 5pm, which is free to attend and open to all. Chris Stephens, Director of Holburne Museum will give a talk about the significance of this work at 3pm.
Stella Benjamin has been living in Cornwall since 1956 and has worked closely with some of the creative icons associated with the arts in this region including sculptor Dennis Mitchell and Breon O’Casey, who taught her how to weave in the late 1970s. Stella was also a decorator with the Troika Pottery for some time. In 1979 another well known artist and friend, Bryan Illsley, built a Navaho-type loom for her home in St Ives and she has been weaving on it ever since then.
The Navaho-style loom is distinct from the traditional European looms in that it is worked on vertically rather than horizontally. This method means that a piece can be woven right up to the very edges and instead of a fringe border, the edges are sealed by stitching the last of the yarn together.
This exhibition is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.