A quirky and unique collection of stitched textile portraits of Kingston-upon-Thames’ local and colourful characters.
In an explosion of colour, pattern and texture, local artist Ruth Blackford has created a charming and idiosyncratic gallery of portraits celebrating Kingston’s wonderfully diverse community. Traders, residents, buskers, students, and people of prominence are included. But no matter who, it is of paramount importance to Ruth that she captures not only a likeness, but the very essence of the characters she chooses to portray. And with her clever and sensitive choice of fabrics, this is something she has undoubtedly achieved. Ruth originally trained in textile design and worked in the fashion industry for many years.
She currently teaches art at Further Education level, but has never lost her love of textiles; as she says herself, ‘You can take the girl out of textiles, but you can’t take the textiles out of the girl’.
The Kingston Characters portraits will be on show in the first floor foyer from Tue 23 Jan until Sat 3 Mar.