Projects / A Life in Stitches


This well-attended retrospective exhibition at the Coniston Institute of handicrafts by Audrey Grisedale and Sheila Gaitskell brought together an array of knitting, embroidery, decoupage, collage and personal ephemera to reflect the lifetime of creative endeavour both women have accomplished. The show featured an extraordinarily wide range articles from knitted garments to church kneelers, and handmade lace to knitted toys (an enduring top-seller at Coniston Honest Shop) as well as documentation of Audrey's many interests from motorcycling to pigeon racing. Some items were loaned from private collections locally, and some were commissioned works - including a stunning cushion from John Ruskin's former home, Brantwood.

Grizedale has had a long relationship with Audrey - dating back to when she staffed the gallery in Grizedale Forest when Adam Sutherland took on the directorship. We have long admired her industriousness, her dedication to being of help to the local community and her down-to-earth attitude to her talents.

It was a great pleasure to honour Sheila and Audrey with their first survey exhibition. The event was opened with a speech by Brantwood director Howard Hull, with a delicious home-made tea produced by The Village Table.