NOW Gallery has invited multi-disciplinary artist Daisy Tortuga to host a rug tufting demonstration in response to My Head is a Jungle, the first exhibition of work by Birmingham-based illustrator Manjit Thapp. The session will take inspiration from textile pieces developed specifically for the show by Thapp. They mark a new exploration for the artist of the intimately tactile potential of realising her illustrations in this way.
The demonstration will begin with an introduction to the rug tufting process with an overview of tools, yarn colour matching and image transfer. Tortuga will then demonstrate how to combine all these elements by working live on a new rug piece created directly from a Manjit Thapp illustration. Each attendee will be gifted a small, tufted textile artwork at the end of the session.