Plain, Stripe, Check

Plain Stripe Check

Tim Parry-Williams and Ikuko Ida

Exhibited from 8 January - 20 February, 2011

'Plain, Stripe, Check' is a collaborative exhibition project in two parts: Contemporary hand-woven textiles by the originators Tim Parry-Williams (Stroud, UK) and Ikuko Ida (Kiryu, Japan); and historical woven textiles selected from museum and private collections in Britain and Japan.

It represents the results of historical research across both Japanese and British sources, and practice based research (making) under the project theme. While the exhibition showcases numerous examples of museum textiles rarely seen, the collected works also reveal groups of design trends typical to both cultures. In particular it emphasises the key character values of the research theme: Timelessness, visual strength, understatement and simplicity.

The exhibition at The Museum in the Park includes textiles on loan from the Crafts Study Centre and The National Wool Museum and un-exhibited textiles from Stroud District (Cowle) Museum Collections. The exhibition also includes unique historical sample books from Japan, as well as digital displays of archive textile objects from Britain and Japan. Accompanied by special events and family activities and museum trails for families and school groups.

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