Monday, 24 October 2011

Textiles, textiles everywhere ...


At the Beetroot Tree our exhibition 'Rooms' has many textiles in the current exhibition, though I am so late in telling you that you only have the rest of this week to come and see. Check it out online here.
Vintage textile panels and three dimensional tea sets from Priscilla Jones are always a joy to display.
A new artist for the gallery is Brenda Boardman. Her statement reads:
"Bren combines her love of texture and vivid colours with paper, paint, fabrics and stitch. She works with unusual synthetic non-woven fabrics that can be screen-printed, painted, stitched and melted to create beautiful unusual patterns and shapes. This is then constructed into layers and deconstructed to produce original contemporary works for wall hangings, framed pictures, lamps and garden hangings."
What this does not convey is the obvious love of colour and texture, line and observation which her sketchbook clearly shows. A couple of images from her book are much more eloquent:




Coming soon is an artist whose work is causing great interest already, Matthew Harris.
In his own words: "Matthew Harris is a graduate of the textile course at Goldsmiths College and has been working with textiles since 2000, having for the previous ten years made and exhibited drawings and works on paper. He has shown in a number of group and solo exhibitions throughout the U.K, Ireland and Japan.
Matthew Harris makes work that employs dying, cutting and hand stitching. It is concerned primarily with abstract imagery and the translation of drawn marks into cloth. By making work that is pieced, patched and assembled, he aims to create pieces that explore repetition, pattern and the disrupted or dissonant journey of line and image across and through the surface of cloth."
Again the reality is so much more than this bare description.
The Beetroot Tree is giving the main gallery to his work from 20th Nov. to the 8th January -so why not make a visit? He will be talking about his work on the last day of the exhibition (8th January 2012) -I'll post the link as soon as it is on the website, but get it in the diary now!

It was also one of the big shows of the year  - the Knitting and Stitching Show at Ally Pally in London from the 6th -9th October. I made lots of new work to display, as usual working up to the last minute to get ready!



A selection of small mounted pieces using patterned, distressed and layered techniques onto metal fabrics.

I am not quite sure what I would do without the shows -such a joy to catch up with friends and other artists from all over the world, to do some sneaky shopping (of course) and to see the fantastic exhibitions which are hosted by the organisers.
One such friend, and inspirational teacher, check out her courses in France. She also is working hard on her major exhibition at the Knitting and Stitching show to coincide with her book about print techniques for next autumn.

A selection from this years which took my fancy, not at all scientific, organised or comprehensive, just a mixture:
Chunghie Lee created her stunning version of traditional patched pojaji


These paper and stitch creations from Jiyoung Chung were just sensational, deeply meditative and I spent plenty of time with them in the quiet times before the show opened.
Jiyoung Chung's statement talks about the importance of conversations, relationships and connections between people and their God, she says: "My interest in the art of ancient Korean Joomchi papermaking techniques have taken me on an exploration of the significance of women’s work in Korea to our relationship to each other across cultures and then to our connection with nature and ultimately to God."

A friend who is venturing back into showing work after teaching for many years is Jo Beattie. She is also a member of the 'Living Threads' group which I belong to. Her work shown here concentrates on fragments of precious memories and how shadows become a part of a piece.

Another artist local to me, this time Jean Bennett finds the use of Angelina fibres fused and formed into figures, angels and faces as wall pieces reminiscent of the grand masters and as sculptural work also with a classical edge.
 More colour in clothing from the amazing work by Jilli Blackwood:





I think that will do for this round of artists for you to look up.
I am now planning articles for 3 magazines and have had my planning meeting with Search Press so am ready to launch into the projects for the book.

Next week is the opening of a solo exhibition of my work at DeDa, though nothing shows on their site yet. I will post images as soon as I can!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Jean Bennett's work is truly amazing. The stitching is so intricate and the artwork itself is very emotive. She really is one to watch! Check out her fantastic work on her website- www.jeanbennett-artist.com