Sarah Ashe

Town Hall Theater presents

Feral Stitching

Four Artists Collaborating

Exhibit October 7- November 2022
Free admission

Opening Reception: Friday, October 14 from 5-7pm

Free Admission

Art available for purchase 

The Jackson Gallery presents Feral Stitching: Four Artists Collaborating, a collection of fiber art explorations created by Sarah Ashe, Janet Fredericks, Kari Hansen, and Lily Hinrichsen

Beginning in early spring of 2021 the four artists began a weekly journey into the unexplored topography of textile bringing with them needle, thread, curiosity, and each other’s encouragement. Each is an accomplished artist in other media, be it painting, printmaking or multi-media sculpture. The four artists have shared the collaborative experience of creating art by piecing and layering fabrics of many textures, punctuated by stitching and found objects.

The artists state, “There is a wildness in our approach to this age-old art of needlework. With little experience and much enthusiasm about this medium we decided, in our initial gathering, to jump in and follow our instincts. We came to it as painters — free of conventions, unencumbered, and joyfully fierce. We let our minds and needles wander, exploring a new territory of pattern, color, and process which we call feral stitching.”

At first, they challenged themselves by each selecting the same fabrics, then taking them home to stitch personal interpretations. A week or two later they came back together to share their creations. The excitement of seeing each other’s work provided inspiration, further explorations, and technical learning that transcended the work itself. As the weeks and months passed, they each began to find their own methods and aesthetic.

“It has been, and continues to be, a rich exploration where our backgrounds in other art disciplines inform our work, and where we find the comfort of collaboration in these uncertain times.”

There will be an opening reception on Friday, October 14, from 5-7 pm, which is open to all. The exhibit will be on display from October 7 through November 30. The Jackson Gallery in Town Hall Theater’s lower level is open Monday-Friday from noon-5 pm, as well as during performances.

Town Hall Theater

68 South Pleasant Street

Middlebury, VT 05753

The Box Office is also open one hour prior to performances.

Feral Stitching

Free Admission

Art available for purchase

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