Monday, 18 May 2015

Visiting MOMA Wales

During our recent visit to Wales we made time to go to Machynlleth, particularly to go to MOMA Wales. There were several exhibitions on display but I enjoyed the work of D Alun Evans in his exhibition Landmarks.

As you can see, the gallery rooms are lovely and well lit.

I thought Alun's work captured the landscape perfectly and I love all of the loose, scratchy and spattery marks.

Couldn't help but see parallels with this painting (above) and Eszter Bornemisza's piece Jacob's Ladder (detail, below).

Bye for now,

Sunday, 17 May 2015

More Monoprint at the Wooden House

Today was the second monoprint class this week. The emphasis this time round was on nature so we printed with landscape in mind and also used leaves and feathers. Here's a look at some of the work the students produced in a few busy hours.

The garden is full of lovely new leaves on the acers and geraniums which printed beautifully, especially in combination with reductive prints like this one.

We also used paper templates to create sequential prints like these.

The detail from the leaves is irresistible.

Students also explored adding detail with linear monoprint techniques.

Some on paper and some on fabric, like this one.

The corner cut from a tray cloth has been used by students in several classes and it's certainly earned its keep! This print is one of the nicest, don't you just love all the detail of the lace border?

If this has tempted you to give monoprinting a try, there's a free DMTV video on YouTube.

Phew! It's been quite a busy weekend. I'm off to put my feet up on the sofa for half an hour with Amelie and our daily dose of Peppa Pig.

Back soon,

Saturday, 16 May 2015

The Liberated Quilt

Today was the opening party for The Liberated Quilt exhibition. A big thank you if you were able to come and see us this afternoon. After months of hard work and planning to bring all this work together Annabel and I were relieved, delighted and proud in equal measures.

The exhibition is in the beautiful Bilston Craft Gallery. The space with its high ceilings and natural daylight is just so perfect for textiles. The Gallery room has three bays which accommodated work from 24 Through our Hands artists, from wall quilts to diaphanous hangings, floor pieces, video, a studio set up, demonstrations and a children's activity area, we hope there was something for everyone to enjoy.

I was pleased to see my quilt up on the wall for the first time. 

We were so excited to bring Clare Smith's Bitter Harvest to the UK. I doubt there's ever been any performance dyeing in Bilston before, and maybe never again! Just before the visitors arrived we scaled some step ladders to pour the dye into the cups. Here's Annabel precariously pouring black dye at a height.

Quickly the dye began to wick from the cups and down the pojagi hangings.

I took this photo just as I left and already the dye was doing some beautiful things on the fabric. I just love how the colours split and merge.

We were joined by several of the Through Our Hands artists including Michala Gyetvai who brought some of her wonderful pastel drawings to visitors to enjoy.

And many of you will know Alicia Merrett who entertained visitors with a demonstration of her trademark techniques.

Our talisman project This is Everything We Are was also displayed for the first time.

I'm not going to spoil it and show you every piece in the exhibition, I want you to go and visit and see them for yourselves! The exhibition runs until 25 July. Please check the gallery website for opening times. Admission is free and there is also a free catalogue. 

Hope you enjoy the show.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Don't miss it, Don't miss it!

Opening tomorrow:

The Liberated Quilt: New Work from Through Our Hands

Bilston Craft Gallery, Mount Pleasant, Bilston, West Midlands, WV14 7LU

Annabel and I have worked really hard to bring this exhibition together. With work from 24 of the best international artists working in textiles we think it's going to be a great show. 

To celebrate there will be a special opening party at the gallery tomorrow (Saturday 16th May) from 1.30-3pm. Entry is free, there will be refreshments and everyone is welcome. We'd love to see lots of you there. Linda and I are going, Michala Gyetvai and Alicia Merrett will be demonstrating, and we'll also be joined by Bobby Britnell and Linda Barlow (I think). We'll all be happy to answer any questions about the work. 

On display you'll see work from:

Bethan Ash, Linda Barlow, Alicia Merrett, Sandra Meech, Sara Impey, Mirjam Pet-Jacobs, Bente Vold Klausen, Linda Kemshall, Annabel Rainbow, Eszter Bornemisza, Jeanne Williamson, Susan Lenz, Laura Kemshall, Olga Prins Lukowski, Sue Benner, Linda Colsh, Jette Clover, Clare Smith, Michala Gyetvai, Els Van Baarle, Deidre Adams, Elizabeth Barton and Dijanne Cevaal.

Please note this is a different exhibition to the one that we will be staging at Festival of Quilts this summer and so will be the only chance to see this particular collection of work together. If you can't make it to the opening event the exhibition runs until 25th July 2015.

If you're able to make it tomorrow, do come and introduce yourself, be great to see you.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Monoprint at the Wooden House

Back from 'Dovey, a late night of preparation and then back into the swing of things with a workshop here at The Wooden House. This week it's all about monoprint, one of my favourite techniques. 

The students worked with their own themes, Polynesian barkcloth, trees, plums, shoes, birds and landscape.

I demonstrated a range of approaches and techniques including linear, reductive and sequential printing.

My mono printed quilt top with the drawing of Amelie was fished out from the stack of unfinished things in the studio. I really, really need to get going on the quilting of this one. I know it's not straightforward which is why I've been putting it off. Having spent the day with it on the wall looking at me I feel inspired to tackle it!

We printed onto a range of papers including vintage maps, dictionary pages, deli papers and drawing paper.

During the afternoon students worked on fabric if they preferred.

 I think it's easy to get carried away with print, it's so quick and the results so lovely and instant. The temptation to layer up too many prints, to pack in too much colour and pattern can often be inescapable. Keeping it stripped back and simple, letting the marks have room to breathe and for the quality of line  to speak for itself is important. The students all did a great job with that. I particularly liked the landscape work by Margaret. I saw an exhibition of landscape paintings last weekend and this had a similar vibe. More about those next time.

Bye for now,

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Blowing away the cobwebs

There was a tiny window in the schedule this week so we stole away for a few days at the seaside. The British coastline is just so beautiful, if only it could be just a few degrees warmer. At this time of year it was still welly boot weather rather than flip flops but who cares? Aberdovey beach is just so beautiful. I couldn't help but take endless photos of the ever-changing skies, and of course, a super-excited toddler.

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