I’m feeling very excited about taking part in an exhibition with The South West Textile Group in my home town. The venue is The Guild Gallery, Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5JY & runs from 23rd April to 14th May 2016.
The lead up to an exhibition can be unsettling as you change focus from creating artwork to preparing to exhibit. My artwork is presently at Mockingbird Press having professional images taken in preparation to produce giclee prints & cards. I’m in the process of creating labels for all the artwork.
I have included a few detailed images of the work I will be exhibiting, I don’t like showing full images of my work until the exhibition has opened.
The pieces of artwork I have already seen are amazing and I feel very privileged to be exhibition with a group of of such talented textile artists.
If you would like to meet & discuss my work I will be at the exhibition on the opening day – Saturday 23rd and I will be stewarding on Tuesday 26th April & Tuesday 3rd & 10th May it will be a pleasure to meet you.
I am exhibiting in the Imprints exhibition at The Museum of Somerset with The South West Textiles Group from 1oth Oct 2015 – 2nd Jan 2016. All work in the exhibition has been inspired by artifacts on display in the museum.
The piece of textile art I am exhibiting has been inspired by The South Cadbury Shield, a bronze age shield buried at the base of South Cadbury castle. I was particularly inspired by the description by the archaeologists of the possible ritual that took place during original burial and used this to formulate ideas for the piece. The piece contains many layers, some hidden, reflecting the layers that build up over time. I wanted to place the shield in a prominent place within the work while allowing all the other aspects to interact. The aerial map of Cadbury Castle in the right hand upper corner links with the shield at the location the it was discovered.
Any queries about please use the contact page to send me a message.
I’ve been having some experimental fun dying fabric with rusting metal & thankfully the outcome has been a success. last week I brushed a mix of vinegar & water onto fabric then laid on some steel wool & pieces of rusting metal. Sprayed on more of the vinegar & water mix, covered in plastic sheeting & left for 24 hours (I did peek a few times, couldn’t help myself). Below you can see some detail of the outcome of which I am very pleased.
The fabric is going to be incorporated into a project based on a Bronze Age Shield on display in the Museum of Somerset in Taunton. The work will be in an exhibition in October 2015 in the Museum with the South West Textiles Group of which I am a member. Please feel free to take a look at the website by clicking on the link. I have constructed an image of the shield from linen painted in powdered copper mixed with a medium gel & copper foil.
After spending hours constructing the shield I then spent a far shorter time deconstructing it which entailed a combination of burning the fabric & aging the copper foil. The copper foil needs to age more yet & I may deconstruct the shield even more later but I want to see how it looks with the rest of the work before doing any more.
I will post more as the work progresses.
This is the last of my small pieces for the moment – Sunset Over Rose Cottage – 2. Managed to get the seaweed & fishing line beach finds in again. Pick up the frames tomorrow ready to sale
Latest small work completed (4″x4″) – ‘Storm Brewing on The Rumps, Polzeath. Very pleased I managed to incorporate beach finds – fishing line & dried seaweed. All small pieces will be for sale – £75 framed in oak box frame, £50 unframed. If interested in purchasing an pieces of artwork please message me using the contacts page.
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I had the fortune of finding a treasure trove of vintage fabrics, lace & other textile objects at a shop in Old Market, Bristol called Thread 58 and had a pleasant time talking about textiles & textile art with Bridget Edwards & Rhyannan Hall.
I now have two pieces of my textile art on display & for sale at Thread 58 if your in the area do take the time out to take a look, over the next few weeks I’m making some smaller pieces to place in the shop along with some blank art cards. I will keep you updated of my progress.
Artwork for sale in Thread 58
Below is a collection of the bits & pieces I purchased from Thread 58, just looking at it makes me happy. You can also find Thread 58 on Facebook & Twitter, click on the highlighted text to follow the links.
Creating fabric using beach finds – primarily fishing line, waste thread & scrap fabric. Very pleased with the end result. This piece will be incorporated into a piece of work inspired by coastal surfaces
Well, that was a full on weekend taking part in Easton Arts Trail. During the weekend I had a visit from a lovely lady who lived in Ilfracombe and was on the lookout for potential exhibitors in Ilfracombes arts trail in 2015, sounds exciting and will definitely explore further. Received lots of very positive feedback especially about my most recent textile art pieces. It can feel very scary putting your work out in your own home for others to view, but I am very pleased I did it.
For those of you who didn’t get a chance to come to the arts trail I have posted some pictures for you to view, maybe you can make it next year
Hopefully if you like some of what you see you will come & view the artwork for yourself next year
I have just completed another piece of textile art using a similar theme to the last one (see post: Using Medium Gel to Create Images on Fabric – Part 5 Feb 23rd 2014). The image was created while walking on ‘The Rumps’ Polzeath, Cornwall, it was early evening in August and the moon was rising. While creating this piece I wanted to incorporate pieces of fishing line and wood I had found while strolling on beaches, especially after storms and we have had a few of them this year! I hope by recycling these objects I’m contributing in some way to conservation.
It has taken me a while to complete this piece but I am pleased with the end result. I am hoping to get it mounted and framed in time for the Easton Arts Trail taking place on 14th & 15th June – this weekend! If your in Bristol please pop in and say hello. Both pieces of work will be for sell I am still working out a price.
There are other approaches to creating transfers using medium gel but before we take that journey I want to share with you a finished piece of work incorporating two of the transfers I created. Using my camera I captured the image of a Peregrine in flight & the moon rising over ‘The Rumps’ in Polzeath, Cornwall. I made adjustments to both the images on Photoshop and then used both these images to create transfers on to fabric.
I used a mixture of mediums to create the image but primarily textiles, wool, embroidery thread & acrylic paint.
I’ve had great fun creating this image & I can’t wait to get started on the next. I hope you enjoy looking as much as I have enjoyed creating. Need to mount and frame then it will be for sale, price to follow 😀