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/rupt here, 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.
There is still another week to see Tide Marks in Stroud. I’ve really enjoyed being in this lovely gallery and this friendly town. I’ve met some wonderful people and had fascinating conversations. I feel very privileged to be part of SIT Select and this popular festival brings visitors with specialist knowledge and interest. Despite the fact that the logistics of being away from home for a chunk of time are tricky, it makes such a difference being in the gallery and able to to talk to people about the work; both for the visitors and for me. My able gallery assistants (AKA Mum and Dad) did a wonderful job of looking after the gallery last week while I was back at home.
The woven Tide Line has been particularly popular and now I am itching to extend it, in length and scale…
The exhibition is at Lansdown Gallery until 24th May, 10.30 – 4.30 (closed Monday). It goes to Hull and London later in the year.
The catalogues have arrived for Stroud International Textiles’ Select festival. They look great and there is such a feast of textile related events and exhibitions included this year. I’m sorting out the last few bits of publicity material for Tide Marks, which will be in Stroud from 6 – 24 May. I’m thrilled that I have Arts Council funding to support this exhibition (supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England) as well as for taking it to Hull and London later this year. While I’m in Stroud I will be running two one day workshops in the gallery at Lansdown Hall. One is already sold out but there are still some places available on 21st May.
And by the way, thanks to all you lovely people who voted for me in the Craft & Design Selected Maker awards, I am one of the six finalists in my category – thank you all so much!
In a couple of weeks I’m going to be involved in Bradford’s first city-wide open studios event. This takes place over the extended jubilee bank holiday weekend and sees all sorts of different exhibitions and open studios during the 4 days.
My house and studio will be open to visitors on Sunday 3rd to Tuesday 5th June from 11am – 5pm. There are various other venues nearby, including Hannah, Hugh and Claire showing just in the next street.
I’ve written a blog post about what a rewarding experience open studios can be here.
I spent last weekend at Stroud International Textiles Festival. It was a weekend so full of inspiring and exciting things that I can’t even begin to describe it, I just haven’t the time, so a quick round up will have to do.
On Saturday I went on the ‘textile trail’, visiting the studios of:
weaver, Tim Parry-Williams
textile artist, Matthew Harris (whose wife Cleo Mussi I interviewed for my dissertation about her gardening and her practice – the garden was looking as lovely as I remember)
weaver, Nick Ozanne
textile and collaborative group, Studio Seven
dressmaker and ethical sourcer, Dorothy Reglar
weaver, Sarah Beadsmoore
Each was as interesting as the next, but all in different ways and all so much richer an experience from actually being able to talk to the artist in their own space. As is often the case with these events you feel you have to cram as much as possible in when actually it might be better to just visit one or two places and really savor them. This would avoid reaching saturation point!
On Sunday I attended the ‘Off the Loom’ symposium, coordinated by Laura Thomas. Another day full of inspiration from a number of talented and successful makers/designers/artists, all pushing the boundaries of weave in different and interesting ways.