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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.

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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.

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Four of the five artists — Jo Gill, Caroline Kirton, Sam Packer and Dhrooti Mills — live and work in Herts, and Juliette Orton is just over the border in Bucks.

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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).

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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.

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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).

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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.

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You’ve got until 26 June to visit.  And it’s definitely worth the trip.


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