I’m excited to have work in two really interesting exhibitions both starting on the 1st of October.
“Touched” is an upcoming exhibit that features soft sculpture, a genre that straddles the fine contemporary art and textile craft divide.
Brought together by Tennessee artist Shana Kohnstamm, thirteen artists showcase works at Ground Floor Gallery + Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, USA throughout October 2015.
The 2015 invited artists are Andrea Graham, Astrid Polman, Jennifer Moss, Kirsten Lund, Kit Lane, Kyoko Matsuyama, Leisa Rich, Morwenna Catt, Moxie Lieberman, Shana Kohnstamm, Sonya Yong James, Stephanie Metz and Zoë Williams.
They come from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and The Netherlands.
Felting demonstrations and workshops will be held in conjunction with the exhibit, which coincides with Tennessee Craft Week, American Craft Week and Nashville’s citywide “Artober.”
More information about the exhibition and the artists involved can be found here: http://www.touchedart.com
Closer to home I’m one of the artists featuring in:
The Guild is an exciting upcoming exhibition showcasing the talents of a diverse group of eight textile artists currently working in the UK.
The steady decline of the British textile industry throughout the 20th century has seen once flourishing communities and ways of life completely vanish within only a few generations, mills and workshops fallen silent and dark. Faster, more efficient technologies and business practices have removed textiles abroad and depleted our understanding and appreciation for the craft and the skills craftspeople still possess.
The Guild gives a platform to eight contemporary artists working with cloth, inviting us to consider the value we place in textiles as objects of beauty and practical reminders of our shared past.
The exhibition will be held at in the historic cloth working city of Leeds at Temple Works, a repurposed Victorian flax mill which once boasted the largest room in Europe. Behind the Works’ mock-Egyptian pillars the Guild offers a look at the new forms taking shape in British textile practices as a diminished craft and its community puts down new roots in the 21st Century.
As well as individual works from the artists, the Union banner of the Maze Hill Branch of Rail Workers, once disintegrating and marked for landfill, has been reimagined and restored by the Guild to be a new symbol of unity for textile artists and craftspeople.
Exhibition Opening Night
Temple Works, Holbeck, Leeds
1st October 2015, 6-9pm
2nd October – 6th October 2015
The Guild Symposium, Old Mining Building, University of Leeds
6th October 2015, 5-7pm
The Guild and the University of Leeds are proud to present an evening of talks lead by textile artists and theorists in the field followed by an open Q&A session. Discussion will examine the themes of the exhibition, including the role of contemporary textile art and the social impact of the changing British textile industry. All welcome.
Also still showing:
The Art of Remembering
The Beacon Museum, West Strand, Whitehaven,
Cumbria, CA28 7LY
until the 7th of September.
Tel: 01946 592302
open Tuesday to Sunday 10 till 4.30
and not forgetting:
The Bradford Open at Cartwright Hall, Lister Park, Bradford is on until the 15th of November. ‘Chicken: The Sky is Falling’ (detail right) is there, along with lots of other interesting work by Bradford based artists.
Tuesday to Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays 11am – 4pm