The Knit & Stitch Show is on from 21st – 24th November at The Conference Centre in Harrogate. As part of the Textile Bursary Group we are all previous bursary winners of The Textile Society. We have formed a group and are being supported by the society to hold and exhibition each year. The Knit & Stitch Show is our first adventure out with the society.
Wow we were given an amazing space to hold our exhibition. This was due to our founder member Gwyneth Depport who is an amazing negotiator. As a group we are indebted to Gwyneth for her tireless efforts.
I am exhibiting 5 of my Newsfabric series. I was present at the show on the Thursday and was amazed at the quantity of people passing through our stand.
The show was full of excited visitors. The works were able to come alive for the viewers if the artist / makers were present to talk about their work.
I could not stay for the whole weekend due to family commitments.
I was approached by artist and author Julia Triston. She is in the process of writing her second book with Rachel Lombard. Julia is considering including images of my work in their next book Contemporary Applique. Very exciting as you never know where these things will lead.
How To Be Creative in Textile Art is Triston and Lombard’s 1st book and is published by Batsford Books.
I am all packet and ready for the Knit And Stitch Show in Harrogate. I have got a space with the Textile Bursary Group (The Textile Society’s Bursary winners.) I am on stand B694 and will be present on Thursday only, however my work will be there until Sunday night. Everyone in the group are really excited to show their work to the general public. Hope to see you there…
Here are details of the forthcoming exhibition that I am part off.
I have spent a couple of days installing the New York road crossings in a different configurations.
I used the cherry picker ladder to reach the top which is about 5 metres high. It was very wobbly and one of the lectures commented about vertigo which was interesting as I was watching the Alfred Hitchcock’s film, Vertigo, that evening as part of my reserch. In the film the two main caractors Scotty and Madeline refer to their preferred state of exploring San Francisco as ‘wondering’. Wondering refers to exploration with no fit destination which could lead to being lost. This act of wondering fits nicely into psychogeography…….
There is new freedom in my art which is backed up by research. I have been reading several books over the last few months on the subject of psychogeography.
I feel my art work is not of the standard I usually produce however it is very experimental opening up all kinds of new possibilities which are exciting me to explore.
This exploration drove me to once again marked out the black tape which represented my walks in New York. Parts of the previous tape was still present giving a palimpsest layered effect.
While this work was displayed I requested two 1:1 tutorials with lecturers. Through these discussions I realised the risks I was taking showed great potential.
I have met Alice Kettle on several occasions over the last few years at various events. Last week Kettle came to The University of Chichester and delivered an amazing lecture to the art department followed by several 1:1 tutorials.
Kettle explained in her lecture that “A thread is a line that functions in space.” And “I see the world in thread.” This hit a cord with me. For a while now I have recognised that everything I look at I am trying to process into a map formations and therefor I am viewing the world within a diagrammatic representation.
I was one of the lucky students to have a tutorial. This is the second time Alice has so generous given her time and advise to me.
Alice said it is good to open up my studio practice to reconfigure and take a risk for this can be very productive. She could see a shift in focus and scale from my previous work she had viewed back in 2010.
The black lines in this work have come directly from my tourist map of New York where my partner had marked out all our walks. Alice suggested mixing the lines of my walked journeys and the photograph installation by using black tape, paper or cloth. I opted for tape. The work had to be removed at the end of the day and the tape could be cut and parts of it could be left on the strips of photographs.
I love the outcome. There is a confusion of layers of palimpsest developing. The lines of the tape are mixing with the perspective on the photographs.
Alice pointed out that she liked how I had hung my work all together on the wall. She said it was a juxtaposition of the multiples in the other work. She didn’t see them as individual pieces but reads them as a collective work which she found really interesting; an urban landscape which had a passageway through it. I pointed out I had written something about this on my blog the previous week and how I was wondering why I hung my work in this formation. I explained how I previously was a display artist for John Lewis. She said that was diffidently part of it.
I decided to add the leftover black tape to this work. I was amazed to see the similarities to Piet Mondrian work that I had recently been studying in New York. After chatting to an other student I got the idea to pair back the pieces of work to see what would happen. This was an exciting experiment which left me satisfyed with the results. What I would like to do now is try mixing the two walls of work together.
Alice said I was making environments, building a definitions of place and a pathway. It’s about multiples of works, when presented in such a way, which suggests the building of urban landscapes. She suggested I continue to build on that.
Over the summer I have continued to enter competitions in the strive to put my artwork out into the public domain. Rejection is a difficult concept to swallow however nothing ventured, nothing gained.
I entered The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013, drawing with a needle, but was rejected. An exciting coincidence was I had a ticket for Court 1 at Wimbledon on the day to drop artwork at Wimbledon College of Art for judging. When I returned to pick up my failed entry it was the day after Andy Murray became champion.
I have now entered The National Open Art Compertiton 2013. I put in Mixed Identity 3 which I had framed to entre The Summer Exhibition 2013. I have my fingers crossed to get into the next round.
On the 13th June one of my Layered Video Journeys, Journey 3, was shown at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester along with about 20 others. The video’s were to be under 5 minutes long. The room was full and very stuffy making the audience a little hot and bothered. I found that if the films were over 2 minutes long they lost my attention. I was quit pleased with my efforts and at only 1.34 minutes long the audience didn’t getting restless.
Sadly I heard this week that the Selection Committee did not choice my Mixed Identity 3 artwork for the Summer Exhibition 2013 at the Royal Academy of Arts. Well, at least I gave it a go and there is always next year.
On the same note: Yesterday I heard that though I was shortlisted, down to the last 9 students, I have not been awarded The Batsford Prize. Oh well you have got to be in it to win it. I am glad I gave it a go and feel optimistic for future awards.
I was so proud of my exhibition last night at my private view. 82 guests turned up which is fantastic. The theatre being on at the same time added to the buzz, many of the audience wondered around the exhibition before hand and during their interval. People were queuing up at one point to get in the door, not to mention fighting for parking spaces! Several of my guests mentioned this in an excited ‘wow the place to be’ attitude.
Four of The University of Chichester fine art lectures turned up, all of whom are practising artists and each commented on the high standard of the show. This is excellent for my professional practise and development and should give me ‘Brownie Points’ in my MA modules.
Having an exhibition and private view at The Spring as my prize for winning the art competition ‘Grow Your Own’ in 2011 has been very exciting and a massive step in the right direction of becoming an independent credible artist.
This is my first solo show and I am marking it down as a success. I have sent thanks to The Spring staff and trustees for their generous prize, installation, organisation and hospitality . Thanks to everyone who turned up to show support, my family who helped entertain my guests and to my eldest daughter who was photographer for the night. (Her 6″ heels gave an advantage point for a good snapshot!)
Well I have done it: A solo exhibition outside university. I have fledged from the realms of education, developing my professional practice. One of the Spring’s trustees, Howard Jacobs who is a retired cartographer, helped with the installation. He made the hanging of the work seem effortless. I am really pleased with the end result and excited to show it off.
Looking forward to my private view on Tuesday. Fingers crossed many people will come.