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Textiles and rock ‘n’ roll may not be the most obvious of bedfellows, but then few have married the pair with such skill and imagination as Jane Sanders. Conceived in her tiny kitchen studio, the Newcastle-based artist’s latest project sees her turn her Singer sewing machine to the world of popular music, offering idiosyncratic portraits of legendary figures and modern torch-bearers alike.

Running at Arts Centre Washington from Friday 17th November until Friday 22nd December, the ensuing show casts these iconic faces in a light that’s as inventive as it is novel. The boldness and colour on show is striking, but what’s even more apparent is Sanders’ intrinsic eye for detail, be it through the exuberant texture of Liam Gallagher’s eyebrows or the tattoos which act as centrepieces for the likes of Dave Grohl, Paloma Faith and Ed Sheeran. Equally conspicuous is the sheer diversity of materials, which sees fabric likenesses interwoven with everything from feathers and mirrors to parkas and playing cards.

Stitched with a palpable love for both the process and the subjects in question, it’s a unique union of traditional craft and contemporary culture that’ll put your scruffy old band patches to shame!

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