Knitted herring will be centrepiece at Yarmouth exhibition

Artist in residence Anita Bruce will me demonstrating her methods and meeting visitors at Great Yarm

Artist in residence Anita Bruce will me demonstrating her methods and meeting visitors at Great Yarmouth's Time and Tide Museum on Friday January 29. - Credit: Archant

Textile artist Anita Bruce will be mingling with museum visitors and showing off her woolly creations at the Time and Tide Museum this week.

Examples of work carried out for an exhibition elsewhere in the country by Anita Bruce, artist in re

Examples of work carried out for an exhibition elsewhere in the country by Anita Bruce, artist in residence at Great Yarmouth's Time and Tide Museum. - Credit: Archant

Her residency is part of a two year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots programme and culminates in a display on Friday January 29.

Anita was selected by a panel of students from local high schools that are part of the Creative Collision youth arts network.

She is a contemporary textile artist with an interest in archaeological and historical techniques.

A recent show involved creating knitted wire sea creatures that resembled the epaulettes and other ornaments of historic naval dress uniforms,


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During the three month residency at Time and Tide, Anita has been carrying out research into the museum's collections to create an art installation that will feature in a project exhibition in summer 2017.

The centrepiece of her artwork will be a shoal of herring, knitted using patterns taken from traditional fishermen's ganseys.

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Anita has also been running workshops with students and teachers from the Creative Collisions network who have created some fabulous sea creatures that will also be shown in the exhibition.

She said: 'I have a lifelong history of working with textiles, their processes and materials, and they are central to my work. I work primarily with knitting to create complex, detailed sculptural textiles, but often incorporate other processes such as crochet, looping, knotting and lace.

'Although passionate about the historical foundation of knitting and its techniques, I take an experimental approach to both materials and processes, pushing the boundaries of what is possible. In particular, I work with wire and other non-traditional materials to knit complex layered sculptural shapes.'

Museum visitors will have the chance to meet Anita and see her working in the galleries at the Time and Tide Museum on Friday, 10.30 to 3.30pm.

Normal admission prices apply. Groups should book in advance by calling the museum reception on 01493 743930.

For further information on the project contact learning manager Colin Stott on 01493 743931 or via colin.stott@norfolk.gov.uk.

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