A stitch in time for the JCG

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PUPILS at Jersey College for Girls stitched up the competition to take the top two places in their class as part of a national art textile competition.

Communication was the theme and for the primary school section of the competition, children throughout Britain aged between five and ten were invited to create an art textile piece interpreting the theme however they wished.

The winners were JCG’s Year 5 students with their piece Lines of Communication, which shows the many ways in which people can communicate, stitched on to brightly coloured inter-twining lines, and the school’s Year 5 Price group took second prize with What Does My Face Say?, which features 12 faces each with a different


Third prize went to a group from Portsmouth for their piece, Talking Faces. The competition was organised by Jersey’s Harbour Gallery together with Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machines and Madeira Threads, who also judged the entries.

Entrants had to use Madeira threads together with other mediums to produce interesting, attractive and skilful pieces. Groups or individuals were allowed to enter and work could be hand-stitched or machine-stitched, or a combination of the two.

The two JCG classes were presented with their prizes – an embellisher machine and a selection of threads from the sponsors for first prize and £50 to spend at the Harbour Gallery and a selection of threads for

second place.

The presentations were made on Tuesday by Elizabeth Le Gal and Pat Robson on behalf of the Harbour Gallery and Art in the Frame, and Diane Richardson on behalf of Husqvarna Viking. ‘It was very exciting to see the different ways in which the students translated the concept of communication,’ said Mrs Robson. ‘We had lots of entries that showed facial expressions, but the winning piece was quite abstract.

‘All the entries we received from primary schools were wonderfully lively and we really enjoyed looking at them all.’

The top three entries will be on display at the Harbour Gallery from 9 to 15 March as part of the Jersey Textile Showcase.

• Picture: The JCG pupils with their work for the competition sponsored by the Art in the Frame Foundation, Husqvarna Sewing Machines and Maderia Threads Picture by Matthew Hotton (00614436)

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