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A question of repair: Part One
So, considering my exhibition opens at the end of this month, I thought this issue could be a little more solemn and focus on the themes I have been working on for the past year or so. I recently wrote an article for a University website and I think some of the points are worth posting here.
January is international creativity month, yet surely every month should be one of development, so lets bring this through February.
Can this creativity help us? What do I mean?
Art can be fun and frivolous, yet it can also have hidden depth. My point of research began, from wondering what was behind the fun? Was there a hidden depth? A message? Or did the act of creating have power, no matter the outcome? Thus my exploration on…..repair, namely emotional repair and its tie with making.
Without going too deep, cos hey, this is a site where we celebrate Textile Art and all it’s grizzly shenanigans, here’s a little insight into the investigation surrounding my exhibition……
A few little spoilers!
How do we wear our memories, do they control us? Suffocate us? The piece above is a discussion of these ideas, using a specialised film to present negative images.
Another negative image, zoomed in via a lens, with embroidery to denote the figures in the image.
I cant let too much out ahead of time, but there you go, there is a little window view of what will be on show!
I will also have loads of my Printed Textile work there, so you can even take home a memento from the show 😉
Seriously though, I think its worth thinking about this subject. How can art be a form of repair for the maker? Is it even needed? That is up to you all individually, but hey, I hope the exhibition material at least sets your talking….
I am of course not the only one who has explored this subject, loads of fellow artists have used repair as either a driver within their work or a very obvious message within their work. Next month I will take a look at a few examples….
Till next time!!
As a freelance artist, designer, lecturer and tutor (how do I narrow down that description?!) I have been contracted by numerous arts organizations to provide Talks, Workshops’ and Masterclasses’ in Textiles, Print Making and Fine Art subjects. These include branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild, Textile Study Groups and The Women’s Institute. Every year I teach at The Knitting and Stitching shows and exhibit with the Artist in Action stand. Currently I am building up to my exhibition at The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia, London this spring; having also written articles or had work illustrated in Stitch, Inspired, Embroidery, Selvedge, Daphne’s Diary, Prima (online), Cloth Paper Scissors and the Batsford book ‘Be Creative with Textile Art.'