The summer holidays are almost upon us and with them the mix of relief (I could do with a break!) and dread (how on earth do I fit in all the work I need to do whilst also enjoying time with the family?). I know I’m not the only one to feel that way about school holidays and it really will be lovely to have some time away from the normal routine.
Yesterday I delivered Tide Marks to Artlink in Hull ready for them to put it up for my exhibition which opens on 26th July. There is a preview on Friday 25th from 6-8pm so if you are in the area do come along. Each time an exhibition goes up in a different gallery there can be different hanging requirements. As I’m not hanging it myself this time I decided the best way to deal with the little woven pieces that make up Tide Line was to mount them onto a piece of wood so that they are effectively one piece. This took far longer than I thought (each one is sewn to the wood) but I’m pleased with the result and I just managed to squeeze it into my little car to take it over to Hull. I’m looking forward to seeing how it looks next week when I go back for the preview.
Last week I collected my Beach Ghosts prints from Artlink in Hull and took a little time on my way back to say hello to the Humber Estuary. I walked briefly on the foreshore almost under the north end of the Humber Bridge. It isn’t the most glamorous foreshore in the world but there is something about that point where land meets water that is captivating whatever the situation.
I took a brisk walk in the sharp wind, making a few quick scribbly sketches before the biting cold took hold of my fingers.
The bank here has the most intriguing erosion control. It has a fluid smooth form and was obviously created using a textile basis filled with concrete that was then hardened. These bulging shapes still have vestiges of their textile origins but are now solid concrete, complete with zips and woven surface texture. It reminded me of the innovative stuff some textile designers and artists have done integrating concrete in their work, for example here, here and here.
This interesting exhibition opens at the weekend with a preview on Friday evening. Artlink is a centre for community arts in Hull and has an exciting programme of exhibitions and workshops. All the artists showing work in Re-Present use found objects in different ways.
I have a series of prints (incorporating rust and collagraphs) in the exhibition that I’ve called Beach Ghosts and which, you guessed it, feature items found on the beach.