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.
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.
This week sees the third incarnation of my Findings. I was really pleased to be invited to show my work at SNAPArts in Wakefield and spent yesterday hanging the exhibition. It’s always interesting showing work in a new space and exploring different ways of presenting it. I’m pleased with how the work has come together, in particular the two groups of 60 objects mentioned on the flyer above (I’ll post some images once the exhibition is open). The show includes a mix of work from recent projects: as well as ‘objects’ from Findings there are some of my Leaf Stitching and Rust Diaries pieces.
The exhibition opens as part of the Wakefield Art Walk on Wednesday evening. After the opening event the exhibition is open by appointment until 20th January – contact Jane to arrange a visit:
We hung Findings last week at the Ropewalk Gallery, Barton on Humber. This gallery suits my work very well in both scale and environment and I am really pleased with how the exhibition looks. Having hung this body of work on three different gallery spaces during the Knitting and Stitching Shows last year it is good to have had some time to reflect and then show it again, making a few changes to how the work is presented. There are some additions as I sold some pieces from the original show; some pieces have been re-mounted for the wall rather than being shown on plinths; my recent walking book series has been incorporated as these book structures record many of the locations that feature in the rest of the work.
This time the work hangs in one continuous line, so you can take a journey through the objects, studying each one in turn. Each individual piece is intimate in scale and the detail is all-important. Together they form a much bigger whole and I hope that they tell a story; each viewer reading a slightly different narrative.
Shall I take you on a walk around the gallery? I can’t show you every piece (there are over 200) but this will give you a good flavour of the work…
As many of you will know, there is a publication which accompanies this body of work. Findings, which has close-up images of much of the work as well as writing that links the pieces to the places that they record and essays by Nigel Morgan, is available to order here. The exhibition continues until 3rd September.
Findings opens today at the lovely Ropewalk Gallery in Barton-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire. It is great to be returning to this gallery with my work, where I first showed Textures of Spurn 5 years ago.
DIS/rupt opens today at the Museum in the Park and tomorrow at Lansdown Hall Gallery, Stroud. This exhibition and associated events is by the Textile Study Group and is launching as part of SIT select. There are twenty members showing work across the two venues and some of us are teaching workshops linked to the project. You can read more about DIS/rupthere, book onto workshops, the DIS/rupt symposium and see all the other events happening here and you can read a bit more about the work I have made for this exhibition here.
The Private View for the exhibitions are this Friday – do come along if you can.
The third and final Knitting & Stitching Show is on next week in Harrogate. This leg of the shows is the one I am most familiar with, having visited it for years as a punter and then more recently as a demonstrator in the wonderful Artists in Action stand. This year I won’t be demonstrating because I’ll be with my Findings gallery, TG6 in hall M.
The gallery space at Harrogate has different dimensions from the spaces I had in London and Dublin, so it will be interesting putting the work up in a differently configured space again.
I made some of my stitched limpets into brooches before the London show and they have been quite popular. There are a few on my shop here, along with some other small work. I hope to have some with me in Harrogate too.
Last week the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace was full-on and tiring but a great experience. It was an honour to be amongst some really high quality exhibitions at the show and in such an amazing venue. After so long making the work for Findings it all came together on display for the first time and it was really good to see how the many visitors to the show reacted to the work. It was lovely to watch people working their way around the walls of the gallery space and breaking into smiles when they realised that what they were looking at were stitched acorns or shells.
The way I presented my Findings was as if they were part of a natural history collection or a group of archaeological artefacts. Perspex boxes, rows, grids and entomology pins helped give a flavour of a museum collection. My visit to Manchester Museum last year helped me plan for this. Once the work was up and lit in the gallery there were all sorts of interesting shadows cast by the both the pieces and the perspex boxes. I think the best views were looking through the side of the boxes seeing the work inside surrounded by reflections of other pieces and the work on the walls beyond.
Now I’m looking forward to doing it all again in Dublin next week.
I had a lovely week with my Leaf Stitching exhibition in London. Spending time with a body of work in an exhibition situation is a good time to reflect on things, both leading up to that point and looking forward. Being removed from the studio and all the distractions of home life can be useful for a period of time, even if the logistics of arranging it all are tricky! Being present in the gallery to talk to visitors about the work can be very rewarding and, I think, adds a lot to the visitors’ experience of the work. Visitors were often surprised to find that the person sitting quietly stitching in the gallery was the artist. For those that didn’t make it to the exhibition the Leaf Stitching catalogue/book is available in my shop, along with other publications. I hope to get some of the pieces that were featured in this exhibition available in the shop in coming days, along with a few other items for sale.
Tide Line, shown above, is currently showing in The Language of Objects at Unit Twelve Gallery, Staffordshire. This looks to be a really interesting exhibition with work from a great group of artists and makers. I am really pleased to have another opportunity to show work at this quirky gallery set on a farm in rural Staffordshire.
A few more workshops dates for next year have been added to the list on the workshops page. I hope to arrange some more day workshops at my studio in West Yorkshire as well, although these have to be during the middle part of the year when the temperature in the studio is more hospitable: it is starting to get pretty cold in there already and we’re only in early autumn! Details of these will be made available when I’ve sorted out dates in the diary.