Farfield Mill

2017 Exhibitions

Lucienne Day in Cumbria- An illustrated talk with Paula Day 23 April 2pm

We are thrilled to let you know about a talk coming up at Farfield Mill about Lucienne Day who is 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.  But did you know she had close links with Cumbria and the Sedbergh area? 

As part of this year's nationwide Lucienne Day centenary celebrations, her daughter Paula Day will present an illustrated talk about her mother's life and career, including her love for the landscapes of Cumbria. Lucienne's silk mosaic 'The Howgills' will be on display alongside some examples of her printed textiles.

This free talk will take place on Sunday April 23rd at 2pm and coincides with an exhibition of Lucienne’s designs at The Whitworth Gallery in Manchester from April 14th to June 11th. We are hoping to organise a trip to Manchester to visit The Whitworth to see this exhibition.

In order that we have an idea of numbers, please would you let us know if you are intending to come to this talk.

Tom Phillipson Maker and Designer

Wednesday 8 March until Sunday 23 April

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.


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TEXTiles by Textilia 3

Wednesday 8 March - Sunday 23 April

Textilia 3, are a well-established group of textile artists based in the north of England, who have exhibited widely in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria over the last 22 years.

There are currently 18 members, whose work is diverse and encompasses 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 have featured in previous successful exhibitions.

In our current body of work ‘TEXTiles’ the artists have 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.

Alison Scott- A Week in Farfield Mill

Opening 26 April -  Meet the Artisit 30 April - running for 6 Weeks

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 click here.

Caren and Peter Threlfall

Exhibiting in Weavers Cafe Gallery

This exhibition is a collection of works from Husband and Wife artists Caren and Peter Threlfall.

Peter paints in acrylics, his paintings are bright, bold and highly textured, often creating a mood and capturing fleeting moments of light on the landscape. Peter paints landscapes, mostly Cumbrian fells and also paints seascapes and more recently cross Bay walkers.

Caren is a textile artist working mostly in felt, using the fibres in a 'painterly' way and then wet felting to produce a finely felted finished piece that looks as if it were painted. Caren then machine embroiders into the pieces to give detail and texture.  Most of Carens imagery is natural, she producse landscapes, seascapes and florals. Images of Meadows and meadow flowers and grasses feature a lot in her work.


Peter studied 3D Design at the University of Salford. Peter has developed his own painting style and has been selling his work successfully over the last few years. Peter paints mostly in acrylics. Bay. All are vibrant & colourful & full of texture as well as being expressive.

A career break to have a family enabled Caren to rediscover her love of art and she began to experiment with different forms of Textile Art. Caren uses wool & silk fibres in a 'painterly' way in order to create textural moody pieces that depict, landscapes, seascapes & floral designs. As well as felt, Caren works in other textile media, including, Batiks, Silk Paintings, Hand Made Silk Paper pieces & also Devore.