New Year, New Work

New Etchings
New Etchings

An exciting year ahead, as I continue to develop work that I started in December around the power of stripes. Like my work around mending, this interest started through my love of the visual impact of stripes, but I am fast finding there is also a great deal of iconography and culture to be explored. Quite a change from mending, but no doubt some of that will creep in somewhere. This new work will form part of a selected retrospective of my work in June 2017 at the Slade Centre, Gillingham, Dorset. More details about this soon.

Tapestry detail
Tapestry detail

New Processes, New Shows

Fabric 1 copyThis is a still of one of my favourite shots from the video I have been making for the project with Somerset Heritage Stores that I have been part of over the past year. I had NEVER made a video before, but with great support, it’s done, and will be part of the show, New Dimensions, that opens at Taunton Museum On January 16th. I have also made textiles, and prints, and even had some of my tapestry weaving cast in bronze……my five artist colleagues have also been making a fantastical array of work in response to the collections. More on this early in the New Year, and about my next show about mending, Mending Revealed, that I am curating and taking part in. No let up on the studio front here!

Autumn Hotting Up More Than Summer Did…

September 29th 2015

QuartzParticipation in three shows coming up!
Quartz Festival at Queens College, Taunton – a mixed show of a range of locally based artists, curated by Lisa Harty and Sarah Dudman. Opens tomorrow,Wednesday September 30th and runs til Saturday October 11th, 10- 6 daily. I have both prints and small tapestries there. http://quartzfestival.co.uk/

dark bannerThe second show promises to be really interesting; ‘Re-animate, Repair and Meld’ at the Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool is being curated by Paul Scott, whose brilliant stapled plates were part of my ‘Nature of Mending’ show in 2013. It will feature the work of artists who are concerned with the re-use and re-animationof existent (often devalued or discarded) cultural material. Other artists include Matthew Harris, Neil Brownsword, Bouke de Vries, and Jenni Dutton and Bridget Harvey, (both of whom will be in my next Mending show in 2016; more on this in due course). There will also be artists from Canada and Scandinavia. ‘Re-animate, Repair and Meld’ will run October 10th – November 14th. http://www.bluecoatdisplaycentre.com/

SITFinally, Stroud International Textiles (SIT) are mounting a Showcase weekend of stands, exhibitions and events at Cheltenham Town Hall Friday October 23rd – Sunday October 25th. I will have several of my small, block mounted tapestries on show here. http://www.sitselect.org/showcase/index.html

Through all of this activity, I and five other artists are still working on the Discovery Room project, exploring the museum stores and archives of Somerset Heritage. I have been trying out all kinds of new processes from video to casting textiles in bronze! Will do a full post on this before the final show opens in Taunton. More details at http://www.revealthemuseum.com

Finally, a PS. If you read my post about Bologna and Peralta, from June 2014 (still on this page, just) it talks about Fiore de Henriquez. Good friend Charles Mapleston has now finished his very fine film about this extraordinary sculptor, and a trailer can be seen at http://www.malachite.co.uk/films.html

Keys, Koreans, Fabulous Fortuny

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July 10th 2015
Just returned from the extraordinary odyssey that is a trip to the Venice Biennale. Just wandering the streets and little bridges is a visual feast before you start on the art. Here are notes of a few of my favourites:

‘Dansaekhwa’ Palazzo Contarini-Polignac. 7 Korean artists, who have been working since the 1960s. A pool of extreme calm amid the heat and tourist buzz of central Venice. http://www.venice-dansaekhwa.com

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‘Proportio’ Museo Fortuny. An astonishing show on four floors of this fantastic building. Restored my faith in the art of curation. The Axel & May Vervoordt Foundation have put together a rich collection of artefacts and artworks from across centuries that are grounded in art and instinct of proportion. Peeling walls, raw linen and antique Fortuny fabrics form the background to work as diverse as Botticelli, Elsworth Kelly, an ancient architectural fragment from the Yemen, Bill Viola, Richard Long and a library of priceless books, to touch on a tiny number of experiences. Beautiful catalogue weighs a ton, but can be bought online from the Foundation website. http://www.axel-vervoordt.com/en/inside/foundation/exhibitions/proportio

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And the official Biennale proper? In other words the vast Arsenale mixed show, and the national pavilions in the Giardini. Well, at 25 euros entry for both, each of which can take up a whole day, this is good value. But what you find is patchy. Highlights in the pavilions were Fiona Hall in the Australian, and Chiharu Shiota’s keys and boats and miles and miles of red thread in the Japanese

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Enough. But must not forget to mention Sean Scully at the Palazzo Falier, or Cy Twombly at the Ca’ Pesaro. Back now to my own threads and paper.

 

Woven, Wired, Buttoned…..

21st April 2015

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I have just cut this off the loom – a small piece of weaving made for the Discovery Room project (http://www.revealthemuseum.com) which has taken weeks, thanks to my mad idea of using lots of ‘extra warp’ to create all those little flying pieces and the fine mercerised cotton lines. All about surfaces, and a sense of touch…..you need to read my pieces on the project site and its blog (link above) to find out more.
Meanwhile, I have somehow also got involved in ‘From Lincolnshire And Back’, a project posting unfinished work to a partner artist in Lincolnshire, and receiving one back to work on. I must be mad, like I don’t have enough to do! I have been experimenting with wire, again for the Discovery Room and my ‘surfaces’ ideas, so on the left are the pieces I sent to Lincolnshire. On the right is a new print, very small (85mm square) for the miniprint show that Bron Bradshaw is organising for her Dove Studios Festival this summer. It is taken from the clothing of a Victorian doll in the Somerset Heritage stores. So Discovery Room dominates, but is producing all sorts of different work and spin-offs. And I can’t forget about the next Mending show of course, ‘Mending Revealed’, that I am curating at Bridport next year. There will be more news about how that is shaping up in due course at http://www.natureofmending.co.uk
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New Show Some New Work

Za-Zen
Za-Zen

2D3D Contemporary, The Meeting House, Ilminster March 22nd – April 18th
Well, this piece isn’t very new, but has only been shown during Open Studios last year. So this is it’s first really public outing. Small tapestry, about 20 x 15cm. The show looks great, and I have several tapestries and some new prints and drawings alongside work by other Somerset and Dorset artists such as Bronwen Bradshaw, Jenny Graham and Amanda Wallwork.

Wired Stripe
Wired Stripe

This is a new print, quite large. My first ventures into aluminium etching. Strange to be doing a normal thing like exhibiting in the midst of the very different experience of working with Somerset Heritage for The Discovery Room project. Visit http://www.revealthemuseum.com for up to date details about that.

 

 

 

Folded Discovery Revealed Loss Mending Room

January 20th 2015

Folded Loss taken apart
Folded Loss taken apart

My title reflects the mix of different projects I have already been working on this year. A follow on show from my project ‘The Journey: Exploring the Nature of Mending’ held at Walford Mill in 2013 is being planned for Bridport Arts Centre in 2016. More details on http://www.natureofmending.co.uk where you can also Follow the project and receive updates. The tapestry ‘Folded Loss’, that I made for the original show, (and was never quite happy with) has been taken apart. A section is now a black tapestry called ‘Scabard’. Both the original and ‘Scabard’ can be seen on the Tapestries page on this site. The rest of ‘Folded Loss now looks like the photo here, and is in the process of being remade into another incarnation. This, after all, is part of the nature of mending!
019af0fb1c1dc148abf063f4ba8da6bbf7aec52329 copyAlong with this studio work, I am also part of the artist team for a new ACE funded project, The Discovery Room. Five of us are roaming the stores of Somerset Heritage in Taunton, and having a great time! A final installation of our finds and new work, including words, sound, video, textiles, sculpture, and all manner of strange installations will happen at the Museum of Somerset in January 2016. Full details of this project can be found at http://www.revealthemuseum.com Again, you can Follow from there for updates, and there is a Facebook page. Finally, here is ‘Mile End’ that was shown in the Black Swan Open in Frome during December and January. Next opportunity to see my work, tapestries, drawings and prints, will be from March 22nd at the Meeting House in Ilminster as part of an excellent mixed show of artists including Amanda Wallwork, Bronwen Bradshaw and Jenny Graham. I may have seen in 2015 horizontal with flu, but a lot seems to have happened already!

'Mile End'
‘Mile End’

Print Show, Wine Street Gallery, Devizes

Fieldscape
Fieldscape

November 19th 2014

A show of prints from selected members of Somerset Printmakers (and yes that includes me!) opens this Friday at the Wine Street Gallery, Unit 10, White Horse Business Centre, Hopton Road, Devizes SN10 2HJ. Great looking gallery, and there are ceramics too. Check it out at www.thewinestreetgallery.com The show is on until January 31st. Above is one of my drypoint prints from 2010, which will be in the show along with a number of other from this series. I am still working with dry point, as I love the directness, but have been finally persuaded by my fellow printmakers at the Dove (we call ourselves Fingerprint….) to try etching with copper sulphate on aluminium, which is a recently developed ‘safe’ way of etching. Have been wrestling with my first plate since October, but am getting there I think! More news soon about other good things happening with projects and exhibiting, but in the meantime, get thee to Devizes and buy everyone prints for Christmas……