So, both shows, at Walford Mill and Barrington Court, are over, and all the work back here. Time to review things, and start into new work and new projects. My main tapestry for ‘Nature of Mending’, ‘Folded Loss’ (can be seen in the ‘Tapestries’ section) is currently hanging up in my studio as I contemplate re-making it….Many things I like about it, but I think perhaps I got proportions wrong somewhere. Might mean scissors, might mean more folding. I love having given myself permission to treat a tapestry rather like a painting, and change it radically. As for projects, am working with painter Jenny Graham, sculptor Chris Dunseath, photographer Richard Tomlinson and poet Ralph Hoyt on developing a project with Somerset Heritage Centre. Promises to be long term and really exciting, but we are taking our time. Updates will follow in due course on chopping up the existing, and bringing to life something new.
‘The Journey: Exploring the Nature of Mending’ opened on September 14th, at Walford Mill, Wimborne and runs until October 27th. Above is a detail from one of my pieces, made in response to a wonderful ancient Egyptian child’s dress (details on http:www.natureofmending.co.uk). Opening times for the show can be found at http://www.walfordmillcrafts.co.uk. A full colour catalogue of the show is available at the gallery, or by ringing them on 01202 841400.
I also have work in a major show, part of Somerset Artweeks 2013: ‘Make the Most’ is at Barrington Court, near Ilminster, also until the end of October. Click here for wonderful flyer MTM10
‘The Journey: Exploring the Nature of Mending’, my pet project which has been going for eighteen months now, finally comes to fruition in a week’s time. On September 14th the exhibition opens at Walford Mill. It will show new work by myself, by Jenni Dutton, Dr. Paul Scott, by Guy Martin and Lisa Earley. This has all been specially commissioned for the project. In addition is work on loan from eight other artists. Everything in the show reflects the theme: Exploring the Nature of Mending. It will be varied, classy, fun and serious. If you can’t get to see it during it’s run (until October 27) you can buy the catalogue from http://www.walfordmillcrafts.co.uk . You will need to call them to give card details, so the number is 01202 841400. I will be posting my new work on this site in due course, but at the moment you will either have to go and see the show, or buy the catalogue! Catalogue has lots about the show, and a great forward by Professor Simon Olding. More details about the project, at the project website: http://www.natureofmending.co.uk
September is going to be a big month for me. On the 14th ‘The Journey: Exploring the Nature of Mending’ opens at Walford Mill, Wimborne, the culmination of my big project that has been running for nearly 18 months http://www.natureofmending.co.uk The day before sees the opening of ‘Make the Most’, which promises to be a really classy contemporary craft exhibition at Barrington Court, a wonderful eccentric National Trust property near South Petherton, Somerset. I have been invited to loan two small tapestries (one of which is above) for the ‘Treasures of Somerset’ section, along with Mike Dodd, James Horrobin, Tom Kealy, Caroline Lytton and that national treasure of stained glass Patrick Reyntiens. Great honour to be in such company. There are also five nationally selected young contemporary makers who have collaborated with local suppliers and producers of willow, paper, wood, leather and stone to make unique installations in the house and grounds. Curated by Somerset Artworks and Craftspace, this promises to be one of the best contemporary craft shows to be seen in Somerset for a very long time. Find out more atwww.somersetartworks.org.uk/makethemost
June 7th 2013 Actually my website looks much the same as before, except that this opening page is now a blog, so that my news and work in progress is immediately accessible. And you can follow this via e-mail if you would like, by clicking on the ‘follow’ button above. I am not a daily blogger, so you won’t be inundated with my every move! At present my project, ‘The Journey: Exploring the Nature of Mending’, described below, is moving towards it’s climax of the exhibition – we start planning the catalogue next week. Do follow this in more detail via that website. I am deep in making my piece for this, of course, despite having had a year to do it all in…..
I will be reviewing the images and posting some new work on this site in due course, but for the moment, Mending rules….and strangely I have been working with paperclay (see charred, archaeologically inspired piece above) as well as textile. Watch this space!
This is a new project I initiated last year, with support from the Arts Council. I am working with a team of commissioned artist/makers, in partnership with Walford Mill Crafts and The Priest’s House Museum, both in Wimborne, Dorset. The project website is: www.natureofmending.co.uk
We are linked to Facebook and Twitter, so please follow us! Each of the five artists has their own page on the site, which they are treating more or less as blogs, so you can follow their thoughts and processes as their work progresses. The final exhibition of the work open at Walford Mill, Wimborne, Dorset on 14th September 2013.