Music to open Ian’s textile art show

Todmorden artist, writer and poet Ian Emberson's textile art work, Wang Wei Contemplate's Thor's Cave
Todmorden artist, writer and poet Ian Emberson's textile art work, Wang Wei Contemplate's Thor's Cave

AN opening evening with drinks, poetry and music launches a month-long exhibition of textile paintings by Ian Emberson next Thursday, September 1.

Ian is well known for his work as a wordsmith, incuding biography, criticism, poetry and a novel in verse, and he has often illustrated his own work, his art playing a key role in his recently published e-book, The Zig Zag Path, and has often featured on the books’ covers.

Throughout September, during its opening hours, a selection of his textile paintings will be on show at the Bear Cafe, Rochdale Road, Todmorden.

The launch takes place at the cafe from 6pm to 7pm and will include cameos from Ian’s wife, Catherine, reading from the Zig Zag Path, and musician Daniel Bath.

Ian said: “There will be nine big textile paintings on display, which have been done over a period of years and in different styles, some of them quite experimental.

“Cotton is relatively cheap and it brings out the colours of the special textile paints. One of the paintings will be familiar from The Zig Zag Path.”

Inspiration is taken from a number of sources, one being an oriental inspired piece, “The Poet Wang Wei Contemplates Thor’s Cave.”

Admission to the opening event is free and all are welcome.