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Spring 2024

Welcome to my newsletter.

With preparations for my forthcoming exhibition in full swing, this newsletter is devoted to giving a taster of the show, May 11 – June 5, in Court Barn, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire.

This museum’s permanent collection celebrates the Arts & Crafts in the North Cotswolds, since 1908. It is an inspiring setting to show contemporary embroideries, plus a poignant link to my first studio which opened in the Cotswolds, 1975.

This ‘mini-retrospective’ show explores the stories of iconic embroidered works which have shaped my career. Sketches and notebooks intermingle with embroidered creations.

The ‘Waterlily’ waistcoat 1976. Private collection. On loan for the exhibition.This quilted garment inspired a couture collection of silk applique jackets for Bill Gibb.

Sue in her studio in 1979. The spray-dyed/quilted jacket that she is working on will be featured in the show.

Stitching the Decades
Sue Rangeley ~ Embroidered Originals
Studio creations 1974 - 2024

Sue’s exhibition takes a backwards glance, showing highlights from a fascinating life as a textile artist. A career which was launched in 1974/5 with a modest collection of embroidered evening bags, cushions and waistcoats.

In 1976 Sue’s work caught the attention of Vogue magazine writer Judy Brittain. From a Cotswold studio, set in a rambling Victorian house, where other artists and craftspeople worked, Sue’s early career echoed the vibes of the time with the revival of British arts and crafts encouraged by the Crafts Council (founded in 1972).

There were pivotal moments in the late 1970s which brought Sue’s embroidered fashions and interior textiles to receive worldwide interest: couture commissions for the designer Bill Gibb; photos in Vogue magazine; exhibiting in the Crafts Council shop at the Victoria & Albert Museum; an exhibition in Paris and international clients.

Sue’s signature style emerged towards the end of the 1970s: embellished fashions with a romantic touch; delicate painted silks and free flowing patterns of quilting; textures strewn with flora and butterflies.

The exhibition begins with a peek at those early works, which appeared on the front covers of Crafts and the Embroidery magazines, inspiring international exhibitions and commissions. Included in the display will be the first sketches of embroidered bags (1978/79) alongside the petite painted purses, hundreds were made during the 1980s decade, perhaps you own one!

The exhibition will reflect the inspirations and techniques which have captured Sue’s imagination during nearly 50 years of creativity. From finished works to sketchbook doodles, displays will give a unique glimpse into the artistry of a contemporary embroiderer. Beyond the archive pieces will be a selection of recent textiles from the book ‘Embroidery Atelier – Visions & Passions’. Plus a new piece created especially for the exhibition.

Fashion sketches, 1980, for a private client. From the hundreds of design drawings in the studio archive a selection will be on display, giving an insight into Sue’s working practice

Exhibition events: ‘Meet the Artist’

May 18, 11am

Sue will be talking about her work and showing a few more pieces from her studio archive.
No individual booking required, included in the entry fee

May 11, 22 & 29, 2-4pm

Sue will be in the exhibition to talk to visitors about her work, with a portfolio of samples.

Exhibition venue

Court Barn Museum, Church Road, Chipping Campden, Glos. GL55 6JE  |  |  Tel: 01386 841951

Saturday May 11 - Wednesday June 5

Open: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
Entry: £7 includes the permanent exhibition and ‘Stitching the Decades’ exhibit.
Under 25 and full time students free entry.

(For those of you unable to visit the exhibition, Sue will hope to video record the show and post some images).

Creating ‘wearable art’: a silk organza cape, 2006

And finally……..

Photo from ‘Embroidery Atelier’ by Sue Rangeley, 2022 Michael Wicks

Lecture news: in January 2024 Sue gave her first Zoom talk to the ‘StitchColourCloth’ group in Scotland, and is looking forward to presenting another lecture to the North Shore Needle Arts Guild in Vancouver, Canada in the autumn.

If your textile group would like to step into Sue’s studio via an internet lecture, please get in touch.

Inspirations magazine: February issue (121) featured a four page article on Sue’s work from Embroidery Atelier – Visions & Passions

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