Re-View Textile is a textile network, founded by Christine Toh and Susan Comer in 2009. The group draws its members from the Liverpool City Region and meets regularly to exchange ideas and create opportunities to exhibit as a group.
The group members all have an interest in promoting textile arts and work in a variety of disciplines including fine art, design, fashion, interiors, installation art, and video.
Re-View Textile have exhibited regularly since the group formed in 2009.
In 2010 the group was invited to exhibit along side The Bed-In event hosted by the Bluecoat as part of the John Lennon tribute season held to celebrate his 70th birthday of October 9th and to commemorate his death on December 9th 1980. The group created a wall hanging using stitch and collage that represented all of their dreams of peace and hopes for the future.
In 2011 the group exhibited at the Kirkby Gallery in Liverpool exploring the theme Textiles in Action. Ten member of the group took part and working in variety of disciplines attempting to blur the boundaries between textiles as a craft form into other practices such as installation art, sculpture and film.
In 2012 as part of the Liverpool Biennial International Art Festival the group exhibited in two venues at the Baltic Creative Campus exploring the theme of “Hospitality”. 21 members of the group and 2 invited artists from abroad created large scale work that was wall mounted and free-standing and installations. It was a collaborative project that linked 3 or 4 individuals working together to produce a series of works.
In 2014 as part of the Liverpool Biennial International Art Festival the group exhibited at the Liverpool Academy of Arts. The chosen theme was ‘Drawing the Line’ and each artist developed new work for the exhibition. Some looked into journeys, maps, tracks, observations, others more varied interests such as yoga poses, energy paths, memory and the passage of time, interweaving lives and landscapes.
In 2015 the group exhibited at Birkenhead Park Visitor Centre – ‘A Breath of Air’. The artists worked with containment, freedom, music, tree canopies, weddings, war, seascapes and birds, landscape, kites, selkies and camping.
In 2017 the group exhibited at Farfield Mill, Arts, Crafts Heritage Centre, Sedbergh. ‘A Small World’. They created a collection of works reminiscent of displayed oddities around the globe, brought back by travellers in the era before the electronic age gave us a wider taste of the world. These included micro sea-life, beach combing assemblages, a child’s dream. bugs, flowers, nature table objects real and hand made, narratives of exploitation and cityscapes.
In 2018 the group exhibited at Baltic Creative CIC, Liverpool, ‘Interwoven’ acknowledging that the lives of everyone across our planet are linked. Their work explored issues including the plastic pollution in our seas, global warming, and emotional attachment to place. A highlight was a collaborative piece ‘ Overwhelmed – Ocean Gyre’ incorporating beach and other plastic in a large scale whirling fabric creation.
In 2018 the group exhibited at the Quaker Meeting House, Liverpool, a selection from the 2017 exhibition ‘A Small World’ with new works alongside. Working within the 2018 Biennial theme ‘Beautiful world where are you?’ the exhibition showed a collection of curious, 3D works and wall hung pieces. Reminiscent of displayed collections of oddities from around the globe, brought back by travellers in the era before the electronic age gave us a wider taste of the world. New works included seal wives, a solitary watcher, felt and silk flowers creations, fish stitched from found plastics, labyrinths, tiny pod people and a shrinking world.
For these exhibitions artists made work utilising a variety of media, including print, photography, hand and machine stitch, crochet, felt making, video and sound recordings, assemblages of found and recycled materials. Images of work from all these exhibitions can be found on the Re-View Textile Facebook page.