‘Threads of Time’ is an exhibition of family heritage, and the skills of a rich crafting culture passed on through five generations of one family. Lesley Lynch is the central artist in the exhibition and the selection of work shows the breadth of her textile art skills. She is presenting contemporary textile art including a range of batik, patchwork, felt, realistic knit figures, wearable pieces and blankets. In 2014 Lesley was Finalist at the RDS Annual Craft Competition and she is presenting her piece Katla, a freeform wearable piece of knitwear, within the exhibition. She is also presenting the wearable piece she created for the ‘GoGreen’ competition at the RDS Knitting and Stitching Show Competition in 2019, for which she was Finalist.
Uniquely, she is sharing this exhibition with six other family members as a way to pay homage to those who taught her her skills. The oldest pieces in the exhibition are Irish lace & embroidered supper cloths from the 1800s. ‘Threads of Time’ truly spans from the historical to the contemporary, exploring the changing roles of women and makers, skills, occupations, leisure time, fabrics, clothing and toys, from the 1800s to the 2020s.