Thank you to everyone who submitted work for the Picking up the Threads juried exhibition, which was in the Gallery at The Forum for the duration of the Norfolk Makers’ Festival 2020.

We asked you to submit textile work from all genres, responding to the theme ‘picking up the threads’ and we are delighted to say we had scores of entries.

The opportunity was open to both amateurs and professionals living in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and the deadline for entries was midnight on Monday 4 November 2019.

The three independent judges met on Tuesday 17 December and a total of 41 pieces were selected from a very strong field of high quality and imaginative work.

We were delighted by the response to this call to artists and look forward to developing another diverse and inspiring exhibition, featuring a wide range of unique and local textile art, in 2021.

Picking Up The Threads Terms and Conditions

Meet the Judges

Annette Morgan

Annette Morgan is an award winning textile artist, who has been teaching City and Guilds courses for the last 20 years to Diploma level, as well as teaching freelance at home and abroad, including Australia and the USA. She is the author of four books.

She is a past President of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles (2001-2003) and was the instigator of the very successful Festival of Quilts, held in Birmingham each year. Annette is the Senior Tutor on the QGBI Quilt Judging course, as well as being a qualified Quilt Judge herself.

Her own work often reflects her surroundings and photography plays a great part in this. It is the process of making that inspires her textile work, which has been continuous from the age of five, having been taught to knit and sew by her father.

Sara Impey

Sara Impey makes quilts featuring stitched lettering, using the sewing machine needle as a writing tool.

With a background in journalism, she is interested in the stitched word and writes her own texts, enabling her both to play with language and use the textile surface to comment on contemporary issues, often with a dash of humour.

Her quilts have been exhibited nationally and internationally and she has won many awards.  She has work in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and The Quilters’ Guild Collection.  Her book ‘Text in Textile Art’ was published by Batsford in 2013.

She made her first quilt while still at school in 1971!

Debbie Lyddon

Debbie Lyddon is a textile artist and maker. Her work explores landscape and place and her inspiration comes from experiencing and paying attention to her surroundings. Debbie’s practice combines traditional stitch techniques with non-traditional materials such as bitumen, salt and wax to make ambiguous 2-D and 3-D works that evoke the sights, sounds and touch of coastal environments.

Debbie has an MA in Contemporary Textiles from the University of Hertfordshire and is a member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists, Studio 21 and the Society of Designer Craftsmen.