‘Thinking Thread and Octet’ officially opens its doors today. This latest exhibition at Braintree District Museum features quilts by internationally acclaimed local quilt artist Sara Impey, plus eight quilts by Anglia Textile Works.


Sara Impey specialises in stitching text with the sewing machine, writing her own material and using the textile surface to experiment with wordplay. She originally trained as a journalist and uses her textile pieces to explore social and personal issues through texture, pattern and colour. Every exhibition is therefore not just visually beautiful but also thought-provoking. Sara exhibits nationally and internationally, including at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York, and has won many awards. Her work is incorporated in public and private collections, including at the Victoria & Albert Museum. The exhibition at Braintree District Museum also features quilts by members of Anglia Textile Works which formed in 1997 and is a nationally recognised exhibiting group of well-known contemporary textile artists, all of whom live and work in East Anglia.


We are really pleased to be hosting Sara’s exhibition and making an internationally-acclaimed artist’s work accessible to local people. The museum is also delighted to be promoting and celebrating the design achievements of all the local artists involved in the exhibition. Sara’s unique blend of the written word and textile design, created through her intricate stitching, makes this a distinctive exhibition that appeals to both those interested in craft and in social commentary and the written word.


Sara Impey will be giving a talk on her work at the museum on Wednesday 22nd April at 3pm. Tickets for ‘Writing with a Needle’ will be just £3 on the door, please call the museum on 01376 328868 to book a place. Copies of Sara’s book, ‘Text in Textile Art’ is available in the museum shop, along with beautiful hand-crafted cards by members of Anglia Textile Works.

The exhibition will be open during normal museum opening hours, Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm from 26th March to 29th May 2015. Normal admission charges apply.

To find out more about the exhibition, and to read a review of the exhibition by the editor of ‘The Quilter’ magazine please Anne Williams please visit her blog post here


Jennifer Brown, Collections and Interpretation Officer