The Spotlight: Helen Foot and her handwoven scarves

Helen Foot designs, image courtesy of Julia Nottingham.

Helen Foot designs, image courtesy of Julia Nottingham.

The latest exhibition to grace the Parkside Gallery, ‘Textiles&….’ provides a culmination of all things textiles, focusing on two contrasting themes – textiles & product and textiles & memory, featuring the outcomes of personal journeys.

The exhibition displays pieces from various renowned designers all addressing different themes, evoking contrasting feelings and emotions. Some of the work on show includes the collection of handwoven scarves by Helen Foot.

About Helen

Helen was educated at the Royal College of Art where she undertook a master’s degree in woven textiles. From this Helen went on to occupy the role of studio manager for scarf designer Wallace and Sewell in Islington, London.

The display

The products on display reflect how Helen predominantly works with natural fibres, wool, cotton and cashmere, and includes two lines of handwoven scarves with examples from all of Helen’s collections. Helen said:

“I hope that the playful, fun nature of the products is really delivered to visitors of the exhibition, I would like to think that my products on display portray a sense of happiness and light. I feel this work on show really does break out of tradition, especially with the new collection.”

The collections

New scarf collections are now produced roughly every two years by Helen, with all products being handwoven from start to finish. Current collections include the ‘Festival Collection’; inspired by the Festival of Britain, including 1950s colour palettes, ‘The Regal Collection’; a lightweight set of summer themed scarves made from 100% cotton and demonstrating bold sharp stripes, and finally the ‘Canvas Collection’; knitting and weaving using French knit tubing.

To find out more about the products that will be on display within ‘Textiles &….’ visit  Helen’s official website.

New exhibition: Textiles & ..

Image courtesy of Kate Farley.

Image courtesy of Kate Farley.


Now that winter is coming and as the nights are drawing in, we have a great exhibition on November 23 to keep you warm. The ‘Textiles &’ show presents a collection of fabrics to warm even the iciest of days.

The focus

The exhibition focuses on two contrasting themes – textiles & product and textiles & memory, featuring the outcomes of personal journeys. This ranges from concept through design development to retail product outcomes and personal emotive expressions of significant social issues. Marlene Little, Curator of the exhibition said: 

“Textiles could be considered synonymous with ubiquity – such an essential part of everyday life there is a risk of being overlooked, taken for granted.   But place textiles &  ..… at the centre of a mind map and the exponential growth of the diversity of possibilities is astounding.”  

The work is a reminder of the diversity, significance and value the term ‘textiles’ can embrace.

To keep up to date with all the latest information follow @parksidegallery on Twitter and Instagram.  

Reminiscing over Reich …


After months of preparation and organisation, it is time to say fair well to the Reich exhibition! To celebrate the exhibition that has been displayed in the Parkside Gallery for the last few weeks, we have captured some of our favourite Reich pieces  for those of you that missed the terrific exhibition:

DSC_0595editDSC_0657edit (1)DSC_0610edit DSC_0613edit FullSizeRender (1)The Parkside Gallery hopes you enjoyed the exhibition as much as we did, but we are just as excited about the BCU in Pictures exhibition coming to the University on the 8 June 2015!

For more photos, follow us on Instagram: @parksidegallery or contact for more information on our upcoming exhibitions.


Parkside Gallery’s Tibor Reich Exhibition Makes Family Proud

When launching the exhibition that celebrates Tibor Reich’s work at Birmingham City University’s Parkside Gallery, many were excited about the pieces that were about to be unveiled at the first stop of the ‘Tibor’ tour.

The private viewing of the exhibition that took place on the 21 April 2015, welcomed the general public and special guests such as Sam Reich; the person behind the 2016 re-launch of the brand ‘Tibor’ and also grandson of the former textile designer. Amongst the crowd were also three of Reich’s children, including the second from youngest Linda Fraser.

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[Sam Reich giving a speech at the private view]

Travelling from London to see the exhibition for the first time proved to be an insightful experience for Linda, as she had never seen a majority of the drawings – simply because of the volume in the collection.

“I was completely blown away by the exhibition, I thought the exhibition was very well chosen and displayed the work beautifully.

“It made me feel incredibly proud, I just love being with people who adore my Dad’s work, it gives me a real kick!”


Reich is described by his children as creating a ‘wonderful and creative atmosphere at home’ that infused and inspired them all as individuals. “As children we were always drawing and there were always ‘fans’ of my father’s work visiting; including celebrities like John Boynton Priestley, Roy Dotrice, Sam Wanamaker and Dave Allen.

“My father also had a lot of creative family friends who would help him branch out his ideas to other media products.”

One memorable visitor who made an appearance at the Stratford family home and caused quite a stir amongst the street – was a Lotus Car designer. The designer wanted Reich to design the seating material for one of his new models and therefore, turned up in a prototype of the car he had designed.

The Parkside exhibition has a variety of Reich’s work on display but a favourite of Reich’s daughter Linda, were the architectural drawings.

“I loved the drawings of what he wanted our house in Stratford to look like, as they were so true to what it did end up looking like.”

The exhibition has received a lot of attention across Instagram, with a lot of admiration for the work selected.


“Seeing how much people love and admire my fathers work makes us as his children, honoured and enthusiastic about the plans for ‘Tibor.’ The aim is to share with the public, creative or not, Dad’s vision and work and hopefully inspire even more people.”