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Emily Conroy – On display at Animal Craft

January 23rd, 2017

Emily Conroy, recent Textile Design graduate, is currently among exhibitors showcasing their work at Cartwright Hall, Bradford.

Embracing all disciplines, Animal Craft is an exhibition which shines a spotlight on current contemporary craft by UK makers, focusing on the theme of animals.

Emily’s intricately decorated soft toys, which she originally developed during her final year at the School of Design, are among the creations on show from around 25 talented makers.

Her decorated bears and rabbits were mainly inspired by feathers, using iridescent thread and textured mohair with various stitch types to offer a quirky edge to the work.

Emily Conroy, Textiles, bear, bunnies, embroidery, Leeds Speaking about her work, Conroy explained: “The contrast between lightweight, fluffy feathers and harsher materials is represented through material choices. The end products are bespoke soft toys, designed for decorative use only.”

With a strong history of textiles and printmaking, exhibition organisers saw Bradford as the perfect backdrop to investigate how the processes in craft and making has developed and inspired young, emerging makers who are in business today.

You still have chance to see Animal Craft, which will have residency in Cartwright Hall until Wednesday 10th May 2017.

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