Last week I packed up my new Sand Marks pieces along with some of my Tide Marks books, some sketchbooks and found objects to do with the Spurn project. These all went off to Cardiff ready for A Personal Perspective at the Makers Guild in Wales. The exhibition opens this Saturday with a private view on Friday evening and runs until 28th April. Sadly I won’t be able to make the opening as I will be at another event…
The Leeds Artists’ Book Fair is on at leeds University this Friday and Saturday and I will be showing my work there. I have visited this event in previous years and there are some amazing book creations to be seen. As I’m a relative new-comer to the world of art books I feel rather humble about being offered a space. I’m really looking forward to seeing the other exhibits.
Further afield, the European Art Quilt VII exhibition moves to its next venue this week. My Folded Wall is included in this touring show. From 10th March it will be showing at the Breda’s Museum, Netherlands. It is there until 5th May.
And even further away, the Sketchbook Project tour has begun in America with various dates over the coming months. Once my contribution is available to view digitally on their website I’ll give the link.
And if that isn’t enough Hannah‘s lovely exhibition Experiments in Light and Landscape featuring her landscape based work opens this Thursday at the Yorkshire Craft Centre in Bradford (preview 4-7pm)
Here is a glimpse of the un-wrapped bundles that I showed earlier in the week. I pinned them up in my studio and have been getting to know them a little. The marks can be so surprising and sometimes so very subtle, while other times really strong. I love the creases and folds that remain from how the bundle has been bound and from what it has been bound round. They are like the ridges and dips left in wet sand twice a day when the tide recedes. These three-dimensional elements have dictated what I do next: some are left exactly as they are, some are stitched to a backing to preserve the creases, some are ironed because the marks are more important than the creases. The decision making is quite organic: I can have a plan of what I’m aiming for but really the piece is dictated by what happens along the way.
This group (with one other piece) are called Sand Marks. They will hang as a group but will be staggered so that they sit together as one, balancing each other. I’m looking forward to seeing them completed.
I’m busy making work for a couple of exhibitions that are coming up. The Makers’ Guild in Wales invited me to show in their forthcoming exhibition A Personal Perspective, which I’m very excited about. I’m making some new rust-dyed cloth pieces for it which use some of what I learnt during my time on the Spurn project but move things on a little. I have various things waiting to be un-bound and their marks revealed…