A WEARSIDE embroidery group is set to showcase its work at a prestigious exhibition in Paris.
Members of the Sunderland Embroiderers’ Guild have been invited to display some of their best artwork at the L’Aiguille–en-Fete textile show, which attracts visitors from across Europe, next month.
Secretary Loane Halshaw said: “Several members of the Sunderland branch will have pieces of work in this exhibition. It is a great honour for the group to have been invited to the show in France.”
The Wearside group’s work was originally displayed as part of the Mining a Golden Seam embroidery collection, featuring examples of both traditional stitched techniques and contemporary textile art, which recently toured the North East.
Artwork to be featured at the event in the French capital has been created by Embroiderers’ Guild members from across the North East.
Exhibition co-ordinator Joy Bradshaw said: “Members from around the North East were originally inspired by the theme to interpret and create their pieces for this regional exhibition.
“Many chose to illustrate the life and work of communities in which the mining industry played a major role. The heritage and history of the mining industry is a feature in the exhibition.”
Funding for the project came from a range of sources, including Durham County Council and the North East Area Miners Social Welfare Trust Fund.
Joy added: “It has been a challenge to secure funding to take our local work outside our own area. Members rose to the challenge, feeling strongly that this is an exciting opportunity which should be seized and they have been determined to make it happen.
“The invitation was prompted because the director of the Paris show was impressed by the standard and variety of the work of our members.
“He also wanted to offer us a chance to bring a flavour of our own region to Paris to inform and attract visitors whom he felt would be inspired to find out more about the North East and our history and heritage.”