New work is beginning to happen now. My long standing Mending themes are still there, but are moving on to something broader, more to do with fragility, and possibly memory. I begin by getting most of the yarn that I have dyed over the last 25 years for many different projects, and start working with it, echoing some of that work, but taking it somewhere else. I like to work without too much planning, with just a thread of an idea. But it is hard to do, feeling one’s way.
What am I doing making pots, I ask myself. Well, needing to play a bit, and finding some paperclay in the back of my little studio, I starting pinching pots. After a while I realised these are all about quality of line, like so much of my work – i.e. the line of the rim. And of course I love a wonky pot, so these are deliberately pretty wonky. Haven’t got the glazes quite right yet, so these are waiting whilst my first extremely wonky efforts are fired and re-fired – thanks to my neighbour the very special ceramicist Amanda Popham. It will all feed back into prints and weaving. Having such a good time!
My show has been beautifully hung by Slade Centre Curator and Director, Anne Hitchock. Above is a small selection of the prints, plus one of the tiny tapestries, on show. Below another wall of tapestries. Many thanks to all who came to my talk yesterday in the gallery. Always so good to have conversations about what one is doing, and I hope everyone else got as much out of it as I did. Show continues Thursday – Sundays until July 30th.
Making new work to include with a retrospective show of tapestries and prints that will open at The Slade Centre in Gillingham on July 8th. Really looking forward to this – it will be the first time I have gathered together work from the past 20 years or more, and working with curator Anne Hitchcock is proving a really fruitful experience. So the stripes continue, but these new pieces will be shown alongside my long series of works about mending. Meanwhile, Dorset Visual Arts are putting together a great new publication, ‘Making Dorset’. This will be a selected 50 makers living and working in Dorset, and I am very pleased to have been included. The book will be launched the first weekend in July. So more about that soon.
‘The Continuous Thread’ Tapestries and Prints
The Slade Centre, The Square, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4AY
July 8th – 30th Thursday – Sunday 10am – 5pm http://www.sladecentre.com
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.
Have spent most of the summer in the garden, as ideas (mostly around more vertical lines/stripes) for my next prints and tapestries grow slowly in my mind. The garden has been growing rather faster, in our warm, mostly damp, summer, requiring endless clearing. By the end of July the freshness of May and June are well over, and there is something almost forbidding about the density of growth, menace lurks in the dark of foliage…. Always a fan of black and white photography, there is no doubt that it conveys the slightly surreal so much better than colour.
‘Ravel and Roll’ joins my other small tapestries in my studio which has been open for a week now for DAW. Also, of course, many of my prints – lots of stripes, lots of images to do with textiles. Weather, although VERY cold in the mornings, has been wonderfully sunny, and the meadows around us looking glorious. Visitors who have made their way to our far reaches of Dorset have loved it all, lots of very happy comments. Will post more when I have time…..hope to see you over the next week/10 days.
Dorset Artweeks opens this Saturday May 28th and runs until June 12th. My studio will be open every day over these 2 weeks, except Thursdays, from 10.30am – 4.30pm. Full details, and directions to my venue, number 167, can be found in the free DAW guide, or on http://www.dorsetartweeks.co.uk Getting ready is always fairly stressful, but has been doubly so this time as I discovered 2 days ago that my website (and my Nature of Mending website) had been hacked (for the 2nd time this year – why me?!) and so has had to be taken down and hastily re-vamped. So not everything is back quite as it should be. However! lots of work to see in my studio! Will post more soon – need to get out there and get hanging…..
‘New Dimensions’ at Taunton Museum continues to be a great success, and can be seen until April 16th. Next week I will be hanging ‘Mending Revealed’ at Bridport Arts Centre. This is a show I am curating and taking part in, and is the second of my shows about Mending, presenting the work of several other artists who have worked with this theme, and in a variety of media. Won’t say more, just come and see it from March 5th! There will be a catalogue about the show available at the Arts Centre.
This 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!