An Exhibition inspired by the nature of Northumberland
Bailiffgate in Alnwick is hosting Helen Poremba’s new exhibition, "Machine Stitch Art", from 9th September to 1st November. The exhibition is in two linked halves: her unique and colourful textile artwork of botanical subjects; accompanied by antique Singer sewing machines exploring their rich social history from the 1860s.
Helen creates her Textile Artwork with free motion embroidery on her faithful Singer sewing machine to ‘draw’ stitched lines and by appliqué to ‘paint’ with a wide range of fabrics. Living in Felton, her textile art is inspired and informed by the surrounding hedgerows, riversides, woodlands and gardens of rural Northumberland. She works with recycled fabrics using the different textures, colours, qualities and lustres of the materials to bring out the beauty of her subjects.
Helen’s 15-strong collection of antique Singer sewing machines dating from the 1860s to the 1960s is also on display in one place for the first time. In this second part of the exhibition, Helen explores the history and technical innovations of the Singer sewing machine, developed in 1851 by Isaac Merritt Singer. Singer became a multi-millionaire and Singer’s was the first American multi-national business built up by skilful marketing and entrepreneurship. Isaac Singer was an interesting character who was an actor, inventor and businessman and fathered 24 children with five different women and lived in America, France and Britain.
Helen says ‘this will be my first exhibition at Bailiffgate – the light in the gallery space is perfect for my pieces and I think visitors will be interested in the history of the iconic Singer Sewing Machine which many of us remember in our family home when we were young’.
Jean Humphrys, Chair of Trustees at Bailiffgate says ‘Helen’s textiles are exquisite – her use of a 60 year old sewing machine to create such detailed and intricate designs of plants and flowers is astonishing and I know the public are looking forward to welcoming her back. We are delighted to be open again and able to offer the public the chance to support Bailiffgate and Helen by buying her pieces and printed cards’