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Step by Step – Kay Leech and Gillian Cooper

April 3 @ 10:30 am - July 7 @ 4:00 pm

As Kay lives in Cumbria and Gillian lives in the Trossachs, textiles and walking are intertwined within their lives. The steady rhythm of walking is echoed by the rhythm of stitch. The building up of layers with material and stitch and the repetitive process of stitch resonates with the layers of footpaths crisscrossing the landscape which have developed over hundreds of years through the repetitive process of walking. Footsteps overwriting those who have walked the same paths before. Small steps on a walk, small pieces of fabric, all joining together to make a coherent whole.

Their work is about emotional response and memory, conveying the sense of place and what it means to them personally. It is about texture, pattern and colour and how those elements combine to evoke the memory of a place at a certain time, on one day – creating a particular atmosphere. The light, misty shadows, murky foggy, bright intense winter sun. The colours – bracken glowing in autumn sun, sharp white of fresh snow, blue of hills in low light. The textures – smooth wet rocks, spiky grasses, rough abrasive stone, rusting metal from old workings.

Whilst celebrating the beauty of the natural landscape where they live, Kay and Gillian also explore the industrial history of the areas. Gillian’s work explores Loch Katrine Aqueduct and the strange duality of a huge municipal asset running through the picturesque Trossachs, supplying Scotland’s most industrial city with water. Whilst Kay’s work explores the mining and quarrying that has shaped the Cumbrian landscape.

Event Details


April 3 @ 10:30 am
July 7 @ 4:00 pm
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FREE event - donations welcome


Farfield Mill
Garsdale Road
Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5LW United Kingdom
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