Funky Aardvark C.I.C.
  • Welcome to the 2017 National Open Textile Exhibition

    We are proud to present the annual exhibition that celebrates textiles in all their forms recognising them as fine art and function alike.

  • Prizes and Sponsors

    The first place was Alison Mercer with Lost and Found and she will receive

    From the ICHF

    A gallery space at the Fashion & Embroidery show at the NEC in 2018

    From the Embroiderers' Guild

    A travel bursary to be used by the winner for research, inspiration or time with a senior embroiderer - value £500

    Access to the EG Collection, folios and library now housed in Halton, near Aylesbury

    An article in Stitch or Embroidery magazine

    Exhibition of selected pieces on the Guild's Stand at Knitting & Stitching Show - London or Harrogate

    A feature on the Guild website with links to the winners website

    A feature on FaceBook following the award of the prize

    In second place was Swytchcraft with the Dragon Queen and they will receive

    From Funky Aardvark/Chester Art Textile Society

    £250 cash to use on their textile work

    From Black Mango

    A creative business mentorship focused on distribution, marketing, PR & strategy with Shirly-Ann O'Neil MA.

    From Madeira Threads

    A mini treasure chest of threads worth £99 RSP

    In third place was Joanne Frankel with Small World

    Visitors Choice was Wendy Dolan with Yorkshire Dales

    Special award

    Special Rowan Award (entrants using yarn in particular and/or using knit or crochet)

    Rowan yarn of the winner’s choice up to the value of £250 RRP

  • We also had some stunning entries from Artists who were under 18 so we decided to recognise their achievements seperately as we do in so many of our exhibitions adn these were judge only by our external judges.

    Under 18 1st place Makani-Kai Raven with Lighthouse

    Under 18 2nd place Kaida-Rayne Raven with After Totoro

    Under 18 3rd place Alfie Evans & Lucas de Costa with Tutti-Frutti

    A selection of the pieces will also be showcased at the NEC next spring courtesy of the ICHF stitching, sewing and hobbycrafts show in a special gallery.