It’s a couple of weeks since my MA show finished at Leeds Arts University. It was a good end to the 2 years of study and, along with the graduation ceremony, a fitting way to celebrate all that the cohort achieved in that time. I presented 2 groups of objects, 46 in all, with some on a low plinth and others in a loose grid on the wall. All the materials used to make the objects were grown, gathered or found on the allotment: flax, nettle, bramble, garlic leaf, daffodil leaf, sweetcorn husk, apple and beech wood, kale stem and root, metal, ceramic, cloth, stone, paper and plastic.
My MA Creative Practice show opens this Thursday in the Blenheim Walk Gallery at Leeds Art University.
If you would like to attend the launch evening 5-8pm on 21st November you can register here, where you will also find details and a list of the artists. The show is open 22 – 28 Nov (10-5 Mon-Fri & 10-4 Sat).
My contribution to the show is a summing up of my experiments with materials grown, gathered or found at my allotment plot: a series of objects made using flax, nettle, daffodil leaf, garlic leaf, sweetcorn husk, bramble, dandelion stem, leek, kale stem & root, beech & apple wood, stone, ceramic, plastic, paper & cloth. I’ll post some more images once the show is open.
I’m looking forward to taking part in ‘Imagining Dystopia: How We Might Live‘ at Camberwell, London on Tuesday 1st October. This performative panel discussion is part of the exhibition Bauhaus: Utopia In Crisis and will be led by artist Eva Sojavic.
Findings : 71 Objects has been selected to be part of the Westmorland Landscape Prize exhibition, which runs from 13 September to 10 November at the Rheged Centre, just outside Penrith. If you’re in the North West during that time do pop in and have a look. There are over 70 artists from all over the UK, showing a range of work that ‘celebrates and interrogates our relationship with the landscape’.
I am thrilled that my Apple Vessels 1-5 have been shortlisted for the Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award at the Festival of Quilts. These vessels were made using paper yarn, hand stitched around apples, which were then allowed to dry and shrink within. They are stained with ink made from apple wood and were inspired by bird-pecked fruit on the autmnal allotment, often leaving ‘vessels’ of just skin and core.
The Fine Art Textiles Award will be on show at the NEC 1-4 August and then will go on to the Knitting & Stitching Shows in London, Dublin and Harrogate. I also have work in Natural Selection (see previous posts). I will be giving a lecture called ‘Plotting’ at 10.30 am on Thursday 1st August about this recent work that focuses on my allotment as a source of materials and inspiration. The lecture can be booked here (listed under workshops with my name as tutor) and you can use the discount code WT2 for tickets to the show.
I will be opening my studio from 2-5pm on 25th to 27th May. I have my current work in progress in the studio, as well as work from various recent projects, books etc. All are welcome!
Find me on the top floor of 73 Bingley Road, Saltaire, Shipley, BD18 4SB. Access is through Too Nice To Use shop (formerly The Butterfly Rooms) and up the stairs. Simone and her shop are venue 18 on the Saltaire Arts Trail. My studio neighbour Hannah Lamb will also be opening her studio the same hours as me. Come on up to see us both at work.
One of the ways I am exploring and recording my allotment plot is through a series of weekly plant print books. These are small hand made, coptic bound books. Each week I gather leaves from the plot (whatever is available or things I’ve weeded or trimmed anyway) and use them to fill the pages of one of the books using botanical contact printing (or eco printing). I’ve been surprised how much variety I have managed to maintain, even through the low weeks of winter. When I started the series last summer I really wasn’t sure how much would be available at this sparse time for growth. Bramble and a few other self-sown weeds are a constant and are keeping my little pages filled as we head towards spring.
This series of 52 books will be exhibited in August as part of Natural Selection, a group exhibition at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. I will also be giving a lecture at 10.30 am on Thursday 1st August as part of the talks & lectures programme at the show.
My exhibition Findings continues until Sunday 20th January at SNAPArts, Wakefield. This is a private gallery and there are two dates in January when it will be open, otherwise visits can be arranged by appointment (contact details in previous post). The open dates are:
Tuesday 8th Jan: 11 – 5
Sunday 20th Jan: 1 – 5
I hope to be there in the gallery on both dates and look forward to talking to visitors about the work. As well as the two groups of 60 objects shown in the images, there are framed and unframed works on show.