Laura Gascoigne

Lumpy, bulgy, human: Threads, at Arnolfini Bristol, reviewed

Dignified with the name ‘fibre arts’, fabrics are now back in the fine-art fold

‘Ground’, 2018, by Alice Kettle. © Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Michael Pollard

Trophy office blocks designed as landmarks are not welcoming to humans; their glass and steel reception areas feel more suited to robots. But this summer the cavernous lobbies of two City buildings – 99 Bishopsgate and 30 Fenchurch Street – have been humanised by To Boldly Sew, an exhibition of wall hangings by the winner of this year’s Brookfield Properties Crafts Award, Alice Kettle.

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