Monday, 25 March 2019

CTRL/Shift at the National Centre for Craft & Design

CTRL/Shift by The 62 Group of Textile Artists is now touring. The exhibition includes my work 'The Sampling Project' and is showing at The National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford until 22nd April 2019.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Last Chance to Visit

It's the last couple of weeks of CTRL/Shift at Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham. The exhibition
runs until Sunday 9th Sept. You can see work by 25 artists from The 62 Group of Textile Artists.

Hannah Lamb, The Sampling Project. 2018 (on right). Flox Den Hartog-Jager (left)
Photo: David Rowen

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

CTRL/Shift at MAC Birmingham

I would like to warmly invite you to attend the preview of

Saturday 21 July 2018
2pm - 4pm
First Floor Gallery

Free admission.

"Ctrl/Shift takes shifts and changes as its theme, in particular it is centred on artists whose practice is or has transformed, in small or large ways, especially towards expressions of innovation in textile art. These shifts may be around changing attitudes to control; the introduction of new materials and techniques; and/or the impact of innovative ideas and evolving technologies."

Hannah Lamb, 'The Sampling Project' (detail), 2018
Photo: Yeshen Venema

My own work, made specially for the exhibition, is titled 'The Sampling Project' and comprises a series of small textile sample panels inspired by archival materials and Japanese katagami stencils. The exhibition brief was a great opportunity to explore ideas in response to visits I made over the last couple of years to a textile archive in Roubaix, France. It was also a the perfect excuse I needed for testing out dye, print and embroidery processes that have intrigued me for a while.

Alongside the main exhibition, visitors will be able to view the 'Project Space', to gain an insight into the working processes, techniques and approaches of the artists in the exhibition. You will be able to view sketchbooks (including my own), and short films that shed light on the back story of the work on show.

Hannah Lamb, 'The Sampling Project' (detail), 2018
Photo: Yeshen Venema 

CTRL/Shift - exhibition continues:
Sat 21 July – Sun 9 Sept 2018
11am - 5pm - Tue to Sun & Bank Holidays

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Clocking Off... but not just yet

The impending demolition of the Top Store at Sunny Bank Mill has been delayed, meaning that you still have time to visit and see the Clocking Off exhibition. Here are a few more photos I took during the exhibition opening.

Be sure to phone ahead before making a special visit

Friday, 25 May 2018

Clocking Off

I am delighted to say that I currently have work on show as part of Clocking Off at Sunny Bank Mills
This pop-up exhibition celebrates the mill, it’s people and places.

I will be exhibiting my large textile pieces ‘Draft’ and ‘Bastard Cloths I and II’ in the beautiful Top Store, which is scheduled for demolition this summer. So this is a fabulous final opportunity to view the spaces and see a variety of artists responses to the mill.

Clocking Off runs Sun 20th May to Sun 3rd June 2018 (although this may be extended). Free entry.

There is also a special Clocking Off event this Sunday 27th May from 11am with live music, pimms, barbeque, etc.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Lasting Impressions update

Lasting Impressions: Cloth Taxonomies, 2017. Hannah Lamb & Claire Wellesley-Smith (photo Hannah Lamb)

Over the last two years I have been working with friend and fellow artist Claire Wellesley-Smith on Lasting Impressions, an artwork commissioned by Saltaire Inspired. During Saltaire Arts Trail in May 2016 and 2017 we created a performative and participatory work in the spinning room at Salts Mill, which aimed to capture a record of the clothes worn by visitors, start discussions about cloth and archive these responses through making.

Given the wealth of responses and the discussions provoked by the work it seemed fitting to capture all of this in a publication. Our Lasting Impressions artists' book will be launched at this years' Saltaire Arts Trail, 5th - 7th May at my Open Studio. Join us at the Butterfly Rooms, Gordon Terrace as we present elements of the project.

If you can't make it along we will be announcing how you can buy a copy after the event.

Friday, 2 February 2018

The Sampling Project

My installation work 'The Sampling Project' has been selected for the forthcoming 62 Group exhibition CTRL/Shift. The exhibition runs 21st July to 9th Sept 2018 at Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), Birmingham.

The Sampling Project (detail of installation) by Hannah Lamb, 2018 (photo by Yeshen Venema)

Sunday, 15 October 2017


My current project, and in fact the project I have been working on for over a year now, all started with a trip to France, to the Tissutheque textile archive at la Piscine art gallery Roubaix to be precise. Whilst there I came across a collection of beautiful hand-cut katagami; Japanese textile printing stencils. I went home, read up about katagami and found out about the craftsmanship involved in their construction. I was fascinated by the double layers and the network of supporting silk threads laminated between; the damaged examples providing both an insight into their construction but also creative inspiration.

katagami stencils at Tissutheque
Since then I have made another visit to Roubaix to study the stencils in more detail. I also embarked on a period of creative research and experimentation. Originally I didn't intend this to be so extensive or to continue for so long, but such is the case when there is an open ended brief.

More recently I have been experimenting with natural dyeing, printing and mordanting. Applying previous knowledge with exploration of techniques, combining them with other surface effects and generally taking an exploratory approach. I chose to take an impirical approach to sampling, noting down fibre composition,  testing a range of processes, and combinations of process. Whilst I can't claim to have been entirely scientific about it, this approach to the project has given me some structure which I was badly in need of.

dyed fabrics awaiting the next steps
As printed textiles are not my background it has been interesting to explore this area, and whilst I certainly don't feel I am an 'expert' I feel I have developed some competance; even if my enquiries have led to even more 'what if's' than I had before. I suppose this is the very nature of learning, that the more you learn, the more you realise there is to learn. Having some time to use the excellent screen printing workshop at Bradford School of Art has been a great benefit.

modifying dyed fabrics

screen printing through an open screen
Gradually building up layers of process and image my samples are pieces in their own right. Below you can see some of the work I have done most recently, using devore onto previously printed any dyed fabrics.

devore sampling - work in progress
dye, print, stitch and devore onto cotton/silk
multi-layered textile samples

My next steps involve putting the finishing touches to some samples and then working on their presentation for exhibition.


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