Select Festival 2016
30 April – 22 May

Now in its tenth year the Select Festival offers a feast of delights with artist-led exhibitions, lectures, workshops and the fabulous Select Trail where you can meet artists and buy and commission work. Set in the glorious Stroud Valleys there is always lots to enjoy and inspire.
This year you will enjoy artist-led exhibitions in lead venues.

studio 21
Studio 21 present: The Sewing Machine Project

3 May – 22 May 2016
Lansdown Hall Stroud Centre

Studio 21 is a well-established group of textile artists that aims to challenge and support its members and to provide regular opportunities for exhibiting at a professional level.
The group was formed in 1997 to develop and extend innovative techniques and to push the boundaries of traditional expectations in textile art and stitch. Studio 21 aims to produce a new body of work for exhibition bi-annually and The Sewing Machine Project is their latest venture.


Ann Möbius neckpiece
Alison Ellen stripedcoat
Deirdre Woods Spiral Triangle

Soft Engineering-Textiles Taking Shape

Alison Ellen     Ann Richards     Deirdre Wood
30 April – 22 May Museum in the Park Stratford Park Stroud GL5 4AF

Soft Engineering brings together, for the first time, the work of three inspiring textile designer makers. Having pursued separate careers in knitting and weaving, they find many common threads that have now inspired them to work together on this joint exhibition. The exhibition will be complemented by workshops and a half day seminar.

shiftWORKS from seam collective

Stroud Shop Trail

Seam collective are a contemporary textile collective based in Bath, England. Seam collective are multi disciplined artists with printers, embroiderers, knitters, weavers, dyers, fashion designers, 3D textiles, eco-designers.
Follow the trail round Stroud Town Centre Shop Windows
Supported by Arts Council England

Cleo Mussi
Solving for Pattern

ecotricity window Stroud Town Centre
Cleo Mussi - mosaics & Fi Henshall – automata
Fuel For Thought .

In an immoral economy
Material self interest and
The delusion of endless growth
Up end the natural equilibrium.
Where as “Solving for Pattern”
Fixes the whole,


Meme art cafe and Black Book cafe in Stroud and The Canteen in Nailsworth  are hosting exhibitions of work.
The newly launched Malthouse Kitchen & Bar along the Painswick/Cheltenham Road exhibits work from three textile artists. This dramatic refurbished industrial setting shows the work of Michelle House, Fiona Hutchison and Carole Waller. For menu and details


Another event to delight during the festival is the wonderful World Textiles at Bisley where you can find ethnic treasures sourced by world travellers 30 April & 1 May.

Atelier Studios present talk on Denim with William Kroll, Nuno Felting;Lost in Living’ a Mary Trunk documentary film screening & discussion; Radio Cinema multi media event. Tickets from Atelier see What’s On page

For festival workshops and to book go to the What’s On page
Brochure online HERE (To close press ESCape button on your computer)

NOTE CORRECTION: World Textile Weekend dates are 30 April & 1 May (page 20)



For a hard copy of the brochure please send postage for £2.00 and remember to include your name and address to:
SIT select 49 Bisley Road Stroud GL5 1HF


Embroidery Magazine Press:

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embroidery article

The free Festival brochure and tickets will be available from March 2016

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