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Luisa De Santi brings Magical Crochet Spells exhibition to London this February

By Mark Hayhurst 08 Jan 2019

Italian textile artist and designer Luisa De Santi will be bringing her extraordinary knit, crochet and embroidery work to The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia, London, this February.

The Trieste-based artist works with yarn as her primary medium, inspired by its metaphor for endless possibilities. She works without sketches or plans, undertaking constant research and experimenting with the expressive potential that yarn presents and creating complex, colourful modular structures.

The artist’s work explores emotions, feelings, colours, textures, research, experimentation and enthusiasm and her exhibition at The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show, Magical Crochet Spells, will feature three-dimensional artworks, soft sculptures and jewellery.

Luisa De Santi said: “As a little child, the fact that it seemed possible to make practically anything starting from a thread felt absolutely magical to me – a fairy goddess spell. Working without sketches and plans is like leaving without a destination - you just enjoy your journey. Threads simply pave the way to playfulness and to a world of infinite creativity. It is a world of unlimited possibilities and unstoppable energy – as life.”

Other artists showcasing work at The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show are fabric collage artist Ariella Green, printed textile artist Ailish Henderson and wool and needlefelt sculptor, Catherine Kaufman. The Quilters Guild presents Original Modern Sampler Quilts designed by Guild members.

Katie Ventresca, event director for The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show, said: “We’re hugely excited that the show will be hosting gallery exhibitions by artists of this calibre and to be showcasing such a wide range of textile talent, techniques and media. Visitors are in for a visual and sensory treat this year.”

The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show takes place at Olympia London from February 28 to March 3, 2019. Show highlights include a dedicated dressmaking Sewing School, a Show Theatre featuring bite-sized demonstrations and competitions, an eco-friendly dressmaking competition, 50 Years of Fabulous – a preview of the Fashion and Textile Museum’s forthcoming exhibition celebrating Zandra Rhodes’ 50th anniversary, over 190 workshops and demonstrations, drop-in knitting and crochet lessons, an Innovation Station showcasing the latest knit and stitch equipment, a Morsbag Bag4Life design competition, the Enchanted Wood - an elaborate scene of knitted and crocheted magical creatures, a Sip & Stitch Prosecco Bar, The National Needlecraft Awards and over 150 specialist knit and stitch craft retailers.

Early bird tickets are available at £13.00 (concessions £12.00) – numbers are limited. Advance adult tickets are £14.00, VIP tickets £30.00 and group tickets £10.50 (concessions £13.00, children £6.00). A wide selection of options is available from or by calling 0844 581 1319 (+44 0121 796 6165 from outside the UK). A £1.75 booking fee is payable per order. All information is correct at the time of print.

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