Friday, 25 April 2014
Kay & I spent a wonderful day this week, exploring Selected at Newark Park, near Wootton under Edge. The exhibition is part of Stroud International Textiles Select and features 30 artists such as Caroline Bartlett, Caren Garfen, Susan Early, Matthew Harris, Jo Lovelock, Jennifer Collier to name just a few.
The pieces are beautifully placed around the house & gardens, some so well sited that on the first walk around can be missed, as look like part of the House's collection.
We spent most of the day there, enjoying the surroundings, the exhibits, the history of the house, even getting a tour of the basement rooms, and the stunning views from the house of the surrounding landscape. It's well worth a visit!!
Here's a few images of some of my favourite pieces, apologies for the image quality as the light levels were abit low in some areas.
Friday, 18 April 2014
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Saw a fantastic exhibition of Boro textiles at Somerset House yesterday. The exhibition is on until April 26th. I thoroughly recommend it. I do not know where you will see such a large collection of this work again.
Such an inspiration in terms of the composition, texture and use of stitch.
From the website: This April Somerset House will host an exhibition on the Japanese textile tradition of Boro. Translated to ‘rags’ in English, Boro is the collective name for items – usually clothing and bed covers – made by the poor, rural population of Japan who could not afford to buy new when need required and had to literally make ends meet by piecing and patching. Generations of Japanese families repaired and recycle jackets and futon covers, handing them down to relatives and sewing their own sagas and stories through the threads. Despite still being looked upon unfavourably in Japan today, Boros are becoming highly collectible in Western cultures. Certainly Boros bear a striking similarity to work of many contemporary western artists. Can these once humble objects be considered works of art with their unique arrangements of shapes and beautiful hues of blues and browns, Boro will showcase 40 historic pieces in a new light within Somerset House. A collection never before displayed and compiled over the last six years.
Sunday, 6 April 2014
I had great fun recently while on holiday in St Ives, experimenting with rust dyeing in the sea, on Godrevy Beach. I posted while in St Ives, about my beachcombing finds, along the beaches. Having found a bundle of rusty wire and the remains of a rusty chain, I decided to try wrapping them in strip cloth and immersing them in sea water. Here's a video we made showing how we did.
Lots of laughter as the bundles were nearly washed out to sea, and very strange looks from people as they walked past. Lots of fun, and only got soaked once. Results will follow.