Artist draws on her peaceful vision

By Jay Grenby, October 24, 2008

A Kenton textile artist is donating 25 per cent of the sales from her solo exhibition at a synagogue art gallery to the Neve Shalom - Wahat-al Salaam village, jointly established by Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel to promote peace.

Gilda Baron is displaying her latest work at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue's Etz Chayim Gallery until November 23. The artist - whose work has been displayed at the Barbican Library and Foyles Art Gallery - is a member of the Middlesex New Synagogue in Harrow.

She predominantly produces landscapes inspired by places she has visited and her work makes use of fabric-dyeing, batik, and hand and machine embroidery. "The many layers, are what makes my textile art so distinctive," she claims.

East End-born Ms Baron originally trained as a pattern-cutter. She is irritated that textile artists do not receive the same recognition as painters, but is delighted with the response to her book on The Art of Embroidered Flowers.

First published in 2004, it has sold 30,000 copies in English and has been translated into Norwegian and


Last updated: 2:04pm, October 23 2008