Author: Michelle Cook


Imagine Exhibition At Southmead Hospital, Bristol

I am exhibiting with The South West Textile Group at FreshArts – Southmead Hospital, Bristol, BS10 5NB. The work is hung in the main atrium which is a public space and accessible to all, so please take a look if you are in the area.

The theme of the exhibition is – Imagine

The theme was selected as a response to the exhibition venue; we considered the building and the diversity of people who reside in it. Most of the patients, visitors or staff will, at some point, imagine their future, be that health outcomes, holidays, hobbies or simply what they plan to do when they leave the building.

 I have three bodies of work in the exhibition – Tidal Memories, Chestnut Trails & Coastal Wanderings – I, II & III (Coastal Wanderings I,II & III have been framed together and for this exhibition are priced at £300, they will return to their original price at the end of the exhibition.

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Southwest Textile Group Exhibition – Imagine

Detail of work by Ginny Epstein & Michelle Cook

Traveller’s Tales Exhibition at The Guild Gallery, Bristol

Travelers Tales Exhibition 13rd April - 14th May 2016

Travelers Tales Exhibition
13rd April – 14th May 2016

I’m feeling very excited about taking part in an exhibition with The South West Textile Group in my home town. The venue is The Guild Gallery, Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5JY & runs from 23rd April to 14th May 2016.

The lead up to an exhibition can be unsettling as you change focus from creating artwork to preparing to exhibit. My artwork is presently at Mockingbird Press having professional images taken in preparation to produce giclee prints & cards. I’m in the process of creating labels for all the artwork.

I have included a few detailed images of the work I will be exhibiting,  I don’t like showing full images of my work until the exhibition has opened.

The pieces of artwork I have already seen are amazing and I feel very privileged to be exhibition with a group of of such talented textile artists.

If you would like to meet & discuss my work I will be at the exhibition on the opening day – Saturday 23rd and I will be stewarding on Tuesday 26th April & Tuesday 3rd & 10th May it will be a pleasure to meet you.

Imprints Exhibition – 10th Oct 2015 – 2nd Jan 2016

I am exhibiting in the Imprints exhibition at The Museum of Somerset with The South West Textiles Group from 1oth Oct 2015 – 2nd Jan 2016. All work in the exhibition has been inspired by artifacts on display in the museum.

Imprints Exhibition at The Museum of Somerset, Taunton

Imprints Exhibition at The Museum of Somerset, Taunton. (click to enlarge)

The piece of textile art I am exhibiting has been inspired by The South Cadbury Shield, a bronze age shield buried at the base of South Cadbury castle. I was particularly inspired by the description by the archaeologists of the possible ritual that took place during original burial and used this to formulate ideas for the piece. The piece contains many layers, some hidden, reflecting the layers that build up over time. I wanted to place the shield in a prominent place within the work while allowing all the other aspects to interact. The aerial map of Cadbury Castle in the right hand upper corner  links with the shield at the location the it was discovered.

The Burial of Cadbury Bronze Age Shield

The Burial of Cadbury Bronze Age Shield

Any queries about please use the contact page to send me a message.

Rust Dying & Using Copper Foil in Textile Art

I’ve been having some experimental fun dying fabric with rusting metal & thankfully the outcome has been a success. last week I brushed a mix of vinegar & water onto fabric  then laid on some steel wool & pieces of rusting metal. Sprayed on more of the vinegar & water mix, covered in plastic sheeting & left for 24 hours (I did peek a few times, couldn’t help myself). Below you can see some detail of the outcome of which I am very pleased.

The fabric is going to be incorporated into a project based on a Bronze Age Shield on display in the Museum of Somerset in Taunton. The work will be in an exhibition in October 2015 in the Museum with the South West Textiles Group of which I am a member. Please feel free to take a look at the website by clicking on the link. I have constructed an image of the shield from linen painted in powdered copper mixed with a medium gel & copper foil.

After spending hours constructing the shield I then spent a far shorter time deconstructing it which entailed a combination of burning the fabric & aging the copper foil. The copper foil needs to age more yet & I may deconstruct the shield even more later but I want to see how it looks with the rest of the work before doing any more.

I will post more as the work progresses.



Publication in “Be Creative” Magazine

My copy of Be Creative by Workbox came through the post this morning and I was really pleased to see a full page image of my textile work looking back at me. Thank you  for reproducing a great image of my work.

Please click on the link above if you would like to visit Be Creative’s website

Microwave Dyeing – Preperation For Textile Art

Decided to have a go at using the microwave as a process to colour fabrics for my next project ( if you decide to use this process please don’t use your domestic microwave). I’m very pleased with the results and have managed to achieve the colours I wanted…..Now to create the artwork…..Watch this space

Textile Art – Framed & Ready For Sale at Thread58

Last three pieces framed & ready for sale. All off to Thread 58 later. £75 framed in oak box frame, £50 unframed. Funny how it seems to take almost as long for me to get my work to the stage where it is ready for sale as it does to create it. However, I must say I am pleased with the end result.

Minature Textile Art – Sunset Over Rose Cottage – 2

This is the last of my small pieces for the moment – Sunset Over Rose Cottage – 2. Managed to get the seaweed & fishing line beach finds in again. Pick up the frames tomorrow ready to sale

Latest creation in Textile Art – Storm Brewing over ‘The Rumps”, Polzeath. Cornwall

Latest small work completed (4″x4″) – ‘Storm Brewing on The Rumps, Polzeath. Very pleased I managed to incorporate beach finds – fishing line & dried seaweed. All small pieces will be for sale – £75 framed in oak box frame, £50 unframed. If interested in purchasing an pieces of artwork please message me using the contacts page.

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Latest creation in Textile Art – Llangrannog, Cardigan Bay, West Wales

I’ve been asked to make some smaller pieces of work for Thread 58 in West Street, Bristol.  Below is the first piece I have created – Llangrannog, Cardigan Bay, West Wales, it measures 4″x4″.

Textile Art - Llangrannog, Cardigan Bay, West Wales

Textile Art – Llangrannog, Cardigan Bay, West Wales

I usually work on a larger scale so it has been an interesting experience working in miniature, more pieces to come soon. Please message me if interested in purchasing a piece or have an image you would like me to create on commission.