Finding a ‘Common Thread’
I popped into the preview evening of a new exhibition by the local collective ‘Common Thread‘ last night — and I was very glad that I did. The chance to check out their work, Pimms in hand, was a proper treat.
This is Common Thread’s first joint exhibition, although they’ve all shown their work individually elsewhere before, and the pieces make a lot of sense next to each other. They mostly work with textiles and stitching, but in a range of different ways — and the illustration work sits neatly alongside.
Their exhibition is part of this year’s Bucks Open Studios, and it runs from now until 26 June. Common Thread are showing their work at Blossom & Grey in Chesham Bois, taking over the cafe at the back of the store (which, sadly, will be closing soon).
I loved looking at the work — it’s all so different, but tied together by this love of texture and textiles — and it’s all for sale (hoorah!). There were loads of pieces that I would happily have taken home — and a few I might well be going back to snap up — if someone else hasn’t already.
I liked, too, that several of the pieces were ‘wearable’ — gorgeous children’s clothes from Dhrooti Mills’ ‘mills & bloom’ range that made me wish my youngest would still let me choose her clothes (no chance).
It’s definitely worth a look — seeing a group of artists showing their work together is always interesting — and there’s such variety there. As someone whose sewing skills peak at attaching Scout badges almost straight, I’m always amazed at — and a bit in awe of — people who use fabric and thread to make such beautiful, clever things.
You’ve got until 26 June to visit. And it’s definitely worth the trip.