Focus on…textile artist Trish and friends

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 ( ), the Bathealton Silk Group at Bathealton Village Hall, Beth Philpot and also Ellie Booth at Waterrow Church and Community Hall ( and, the Fitzhead Craft Group at Fitzhead Tithe Barn; Country House Essentials at Devonia House, Milverton (, Lucy Lean at St Peter’s Church, Huish Champflower (, Yvonne Whittamore at 58 Plain Pond, Wiveliscombe (

Please see the Guide for more details on these and other artists and producers such as upholsterer Thomas Payne ( and handcrafted teddy bears from Tricia Greenbeck at 24 Church St, Wiveliscombe.

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