Preston artist to showcase her work at a national exhibition

Posted on - 24th October, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, People, Preston News, What's On in Preston

Preston artist Hilary Hollingworth

Preston artist, Hilary Hollingworth, is to showcase her work which explores the Witches of Pendle stories at the UK’s biggest event for textile art, design and craft.


Hilary’s work, The Stones Cry Out, will feature at The Knitting & Stitching Show which will be held at Harrogate International Centre.

The event will run from 23-36 November.

Hilary’s work has been inspired by the famous tales of the Witches of Pendle, and revisits the stories in fabric, thread and hand stitch techniques.

The title, The Stones Cry Out, was taken from famous words of the judge at the trial of three women who were among the lucky few to be acquitted.

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Hilary is an artist, lecturer, teacher and researcher whose work has featured in exhibitions across the UK, Europe and US.

Hilary will now be dedicating even more time to her art since retiring recently as a senior lecturer in fashion and textiles at the University of Huddersfield.

She said: “The phrase conjures images of the people and landscapes of Lancashire at the time of King James, and my work comes from an obsession with the myths and mysteries surrounding the Witches of Pendle who were victims of the social, religious and political prejudice of the changing times.

“As a child, I imagined women in black with pointed hats who travelled at night on broomsticks.

“When older, walking on Pendle Hill in the mist, there was a definite sense of foreboding.”

The Knitting & Stitching Show attracts thousands of visitors from across the north of England.

The show features hundreds of workshops and demonstrations, gallery exhibitions by leading textile artists and groups from all over the world, knitting and crochet drop-in sessions by UK Hand Knitting, the Sew Today Pattern Classroom, artists in action in a live studio environment, and hundreds of specialist retailers selling essential craft supplies.

Tickets for The Knitting & Stitching Show at Harrogate are priced at £14.50 in advance, with concessions at £13.

You can purchase tickets online by visiting the website, or by calling 0844 581 1319.

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