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The event ran from 22nd October 2021 to 19 January 2022  




Stapleford Granary is delighted to present Hand-Stitched Stories, an exhibition of recent work by textile artist Sabine Kaner. Through collage, cloth and colour, this body of work - created in the past three years - is focused around the artist’s lived experiences, as part of a minority group living in the UK. Each piece on display works both independently as a self-contained whole, but also as part of a series, building to tell a story of her personal journey of self-expression.


Sabine Kaner grew up in London in the 1960s and 1970s in a mixed-race family, her mother German and her father -  a member of the Windrush Generation -  Jamaican. Art - 'drawing, colouring, making stuff out of any thing I could find” - was an important part of Kaner’s early life, and she went on to study in Manchester and at Saint Martins and the Central School of Art in London.


Her work comprises multiple layers, both literal and symbolic, drawing on her layers of experience. The starting point for the textiles’ rich materiality is often a piece of fabric to which Kaner feels an emotional connection. Repurposed cloth is deconstructed, reworked and layered and subject to various techniques such as appliqué, printmaking, painting and hand stitch to create “landscapes of the mind”, and to pose questions of identity and the human condition. Kaner’s use of hand stitch follows a long tradition of sewing by hand, passed down by her mother and grandmother. Sabine often uses donated clothing from family and friends, charity shop finds and locally sourced felt to create her startlingly rich and vibrant works. 


The exhibition also includes pieces of furniture made by Sabine's husband, Professor Jake Kaner, Associate Dean of Research at the School of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University.  There will also be items available for purchase as part of the exhibition.