Farfield Mill

Recent Exhibitions 2017

Anne Mackinnon- North and South

4 August -10 September

Anne’s  work has been inspired by her travels round the world and the cities, landscapes and gardens she has visited. In this exhibition ‘North and South’ Anne’s compares and contrasts these different destinations.

She paints in watercolours and mixed media. Her work has been inspired by the  patterns, shapes and repetition to be found in the natural world and she loves to work outside capturing the changing moods, colour and light in these dramatic landscapes

Paisley Panels- Contributions from Embroiderers Guild members and young members from all over Scotland

The Paisley Panels were first displayed in Paisley Town Hall at the Scottish Regional Day in 2016. They are a celebration of the great textile heritage of the town of Paisley; weaving, spinning, dyeing and thread making. Each piece of paisley pattern was contributed by members of the Embroiderers guilds in Scotland. These were gathered together and mounted to create the beautiful final four panels you can see on display here at the Mill.

Durham Guild of Spinners Weavers and Dyers- Chinese Whispers

17 June – 30 July

This exhibition uses the idea of passing on one idea to the next to generate new and interesting creations. The task was simple enough…..”A completed textile of 30 x 30 cm to fit a frame of 50 x 50 cm, based on a photograph of the preceding piece within 6 weeks –  sending a photograph on to the next volunteer in line” Easy!!

No one was allowed to reveal or discuss their work until April this year.

The guild took as their starting point a beautiful stain glass window from Durham Cathedral. 

The window was designed by Mark Angus and was dedicated on 2nd May 1984. The design is based on the image of the Last Supper – The table (in red) with the apostles (multi-coloured) connects heaven (blue) and earth (green), all surrounded by God (Purple). The glass used was from Hartley Woods of Sunderland.  You will notice there are thirteen frames, which represent the thirteen places at the table and so the journey begins…..

The Embroiderers Guild - Capabilty and Creativity

17 June - 30 July

Just over 300 years after his death, the creativity of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown is finally coming to Cumbria. We will be hosting an exhibition by members of the Embroiderers Guild. The Guild is the national home of stitch and textile art and the international voice for embroidery. Last year it celebrated the 300th anniversary of ‘Capability’s’ birth with a truly magnificent collection of work inspired by the talent of this extraordinary, radical landscape designer.

Alison Scott- A Week in Farfield Mill

26 April -  15 June 2017

What is it that makes Farfield Mill such an intriguing and friendly place? Spend a week there and you will discover that the source if its charm is a shared love of materials, hand-made skills and, in particular, the delight in creation that we all first experienced at primary school. Manchester based artist, Alison Scott, illustrates a colourfully knit community of craft makers, a crazy festival of sheep and a history woven into the people of an area in this happy and quirky collection of paintings and prints. Come along and rediscover your inner eight year old. Find out more about Alison's residency by looking on our website resident artists or http://www.farfieldmill.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_489fe80bf1_e6e8f6.gif.gifclick here.

Tom Phillipson Maker and Designer

8 March 15 June 2017

Tom Philipson is a designer and maker of furniture and products from wood. He designs through actual making, and constructs using traditional tools and techniques mixed with experimental processes.

Tom lives and works in Ulverston in South Cumbria. He is the son of a silversmith and a fashion designer, and making has always been in his blood, on leaving school he completed a four-year apprenticeship in traditional cabinet making, and then went on to study furniture conservation and restoration at university. He then worked in the high-end antiques industry as a restorer for 15 years before becoming increasingly disillusioned with “Faking Things” for a living. Then four years ago, he then put down his tools, picked them up again, and began making instead of faking.In 2014 He was awarded the Acorn bursary from Lakeland Arts after the “Collect Cumbria” exhibition at Blackwell. Then winner of the “Best in Show” award for excellence at The British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate. In 2015 he was awarded a place on The Crafts Councils “Hothouse” Talent development programme. And since then has exhibited his work nationally.

Tom’s earlier work which is centred around “Fake articulated legs” was a way of showcasing his technical abilities as a maker through carefully executed detail, and an unusual design. He has then gone on to make work which is truer to his own design tastes, which is more simple in terms of form, but at the same time is executed in his own precise style. His work has also increasingly become centred around the idea of multifunction, in a way to move his practice from the predictable maker’s route to the high-end market, through making work which can be accessible and engaging for all. He developed the Basket/Tray/Stool with Grizedale Arts as part of their “Fairland” show at The Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, and is currently exploring ways of using Bamboo as a material for multifunctional products.

Throughout the past four years of making Experimentation has been paramount within Tom’s practice, and his work with wood shavings emphasises this. Through constant testing and experimentation during this time he has managed to create a new material using a seemingly useless bi-product. This material is currently being used in his designs for lighting, but is also being developed for use in more structural projects.




TEXTiles by Textilia 3

Wednesday 8 March - Sunday 23 April 2017

Textilia 3, a well-established group of textile artists based in the north of England, who have exhibited widely in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria exhibited a diverse selection of work.

This encompassed many techniques, from hand and machine stitch, felt, appliqué, dyeing and resists, print and manipulated fabrics and fibres. Abstract, figurative and decorative pieces, 2D, 3D and wearable art.

In this exhibition ‘TEXTiles’ the artists all interpreted the theme in their own way, finding inspiration in aspects of TEXTiles from fonts and typefaces to the colours and patterns of tiles, from myths and legends to storytelling.

Lucienne Day in Cumbria- An illustrated talk with Paula Day

On 23 April Farfield Mill hosted a talk about Lucienne Day who was one of Britain's most influential and best-loved textile designers. Her pioneering 'contemporary' design Calyx for the Festival of Britain in 1951 brought her international acclaim. 

This was part of nationwide Lucienne Day centenary celebrations. Her daughter Paula Day presented an illustrated talk about her mother's life and career, including her love for the landscapes of Cumbria. Lucienne's silk mosaic 'The Howgills' was also on display alongside some examples of her printed textiles.

This free talk took place to coincide with an exhibition of Lucienne’s designs at The Whitworth Gallery in Manchester from April 14th to June 11th.

Celebrating Ceramics

Celebrating Ceramics was lovely exhibition of ceramics from Artists from Cumbria and North Yorkshire. A wide variety of work was on show, ranging from beautiful everyday kitchen items, to stunning decorative wall art. Something for every visitor to enjoy. There was work from John Davenport, Frances Winder, and Jan Huntley Pearce to name but a few, from a group of very talented artists.

Jill Colquhoun

22 January - Sunday 4th March The main emphasis of Jill’s exhibition was vibrancy, pattern, and movement in nature. To achieve this, she used a novel method of combining wax resist batik techniques with acrylic paint. The resulting paintings were unique in style and rich in colour. She also worked in mixed media, using watercolour with other mediums, such as oil pastels, soft pastels, charcoal and inks, to produce contrasting texture and detail in her work. These paintings were inspired by the flower-rich meadows and verges of the Yorkshire Dales.