For textile artist Trish Perrin, taking part in her first 10 Parishes Festival ten years ago was a turning point.
“It really encouraged me to make this my work – otherwise I would probably have stayed in an office, just doing art and textiles as a side line.”
Trish went on to study textiles with money from a redundancy payment, gaining a BA in Textiles and Fashion and later studying part-time to gain City & Guilds embroidery qualifications.
She dyes a lot of fabrics herself and describes her work as eclectic – anything can inspire her, a plant, a pattern. “I just see something that sparks my imagination and I want to translate it to textiles,” she explains.
Exhibiting for the Festival with two other artists is a great support, she finds, and she will be showing with watercolour artist Max Green, a former fireman who has turned some garage workshops into the group’s gallery opposite the Recreation Ground in Wiveliscombe; also with Joan Hardie, a self taught artist who makes highly detailed pencil drawings.
* There are also a number of other wonderful textile artists showing during the 10 Parishes Festival, including Ann Sharman at Burcher’s Farmouse, Milverton (www.embroideredlandscapes.co.uk ), the Bathealton Silk Group at Bathealton Village Hall, Beth Philpot and also Ellie Booth at Waterrow Church and Community Hall (www.dancingdragonflies.co.uk and www.facebook.com/wrongsidedesigns), the Fitzhead Craft Group at Fitzhead Tithe Barn; Country House Essentials at Devonia House, Milverton (www.devonia-antiues.co.uk), Lucy Lean at St Peter’s Church, Huish Champflower (www.lucyleanart.com), Yvonne Whittamore at 58 Plain Pond, Wiveliscombe (www.tasty-textiles.co.uk).
Please see the Guide for more details on these and other artists and producers such as upholsterer Thomas Payne (www.thomaspayne.co.uk) and handcrafted teddy bears from Tricia Greenbeck at 24 Church St, Wiveliscombe.