“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the road less travelled by,
and that has made all the difference.”
Robert Frost The Road Not Taken
A few years ago a group of contemporary textile artists based in the North East of
England collaborated to form the group, It Happens. All four members have a
background in traditional quilt making. Three members work mainly in 2D format
and the fourth member creates art figures.
Since its formation the group has had great success with their exhibition
INFLUENCES. This was showcased in five galleries in the North East area. The
last exhibition of INFLUENCES was exhibited at Killhope, The North of England
Lead Mining Museum. Anne Tuck, Chris Dixon, Gillian Arkley and Rose Stanley,
the four textile artists are acutely aware of the rich tradition of patchwork and
quilting in which this area is steeped. Therefore, it was fitting that the last
exhibition of this collection should be in an area that is famous for traditional
Their new collection HEAVY METAL, is presented at the Festival of Quilts,
Birmingham, UK, in August 2012. This exhibition draws on lead mining, Harley
Davidsons, electricity pylons, sword making, ship building, Heavy Metal bands and
steel making, for inspiration. The imagination and creativity of the group is
apparent in this exciting and diverse approach to the subject matter. Following the
Festival of Quilts presentation, the exhibition will be showcased in galleries in the
North East of England from 2013.
To purchase any items that are for sale in the Galleries please contact the artist via. the email address.