I am currently taking part in a show at the Menier Gallery in London with Craft Continuum as part of the London Design Festival. The exhibition is only on for another couple of days but if you are in the London Bridge area this Friday or Saturday please come and have a look round.
Craft Continuum is an eclectic group of makers specialising in textiles, glass, ceramics, sculpture, drawing, collage, photography and jewellery. It was formed in 2016 by a core of new MA graduates from the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham and held its inaugural exhibition Makers at Menier at the Menier Gallery in London.
One year on the group, together with an invited selection of UCA PhD students and fine artists from West Dean College, has reunited to showcase their developing practices.
19-23 September 2017
Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU
Tuesday – Friday 11.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday 11.00am – 4.00pm
Lois Bellew – textiles
Jo Lovelock – textiles
Jennie Jewitt-Harris – fine art
Teresa Munn – ceramics
Shuai (Queenie) Yuan – jewellery
Tami Ishi – glass
Moya Tosh – ceramics / Christine Johnson – jewellery
I have just come back from two weeks in Japan where I had the fantastic opportunity to exhibit my work alongside Naoya Dois at the prestigious GalleryGallery in Kyoto. Organised by Prof Lesley Millar, the aim of the exhibition was to promote the MA course at UCA Farnham.
The Private View was held on the Saturday evening. We then went out to dinner with the gallery owner Keiko Kawashima a number of the internationally famous Japanese artists. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly, we had an amazing time.
Meal at restaurant
Meal at restaurant
We gave a presentation at the Kyoto City University of Arts about our work and I took some sample for the students to look at. Despite the language barrier the students were very interest and asked lots of questions.
Kyoto City University of Arts
Kyoto City University of Arts
Being in Japan for the first two weeks of the new year gave me the chance to take part in many Japanese New Year traditions, and to undertake preliminary research into talismanic objects for my MPhil/PhD.
I hope I get the opportunity to return again as I found Japan to be such a beautiful and inspiring country.
Just a quick reminder that the UCA MA Graduation Show starts this week.
University for the Creative Arts
Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS
30 August – 2 September 9.30am-5.15pm
3 September 10am-4pm
Private View – 1 September 5pm-8pm
The exhibition includes Animation, Ceramics, Documentary Practices, Fine Art, Glass, Illustration, Jewellery, Journalism, Product Design and Textiles.
Here is a sneak preview of some of the work that will be on show in the Contemporary Crafts section.
Jo Lovelock, MA Textiles – Emotional Baggage and Knot My Problem II
Lois Bellew, MA Textiles – Memory Reconstructed
Christine Johnson, MA Jewellery, Optical pendants
Teresa Munn, MA Ceramics – Abstract shadows
If you can’t make the MA show a selection of the contemporary craft and product design work will be at Makers at Menier, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU 6th-9th September 11am-6pm, 10th September 11am-4.30pm.
There is currently a fantastic exhibition of Diana Harrison’s work on at the Craft Study Centre in Farnham, Surrey.
I was very fortunate to be tutored by Diana whilst study for my BA(Hons) at Farnham and her work has been a great source of inspiration for me ever since. She includes stitching, discharging, burning and bleaching in her pieces, creating complex surfaces and patterns. I don’t want to spoil the exhibition by showing images of the work so I have just shown below some examples from her material references and sampling display.
The exhibition runs from the 9 August – 8 October 2016.
Craft Study Centre, UCA Farnham, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS
Diana is giving a lecture on the 5 October, reception 5-6pm, lecture 6-7pm £5 advanced booking required and there is a Private View on the 17 September 1.30-3.30pm.
Alternatively why not combine it with a visit to the MA Show at UCA Farnham, which runs from the 30 August – 2 September 9.30am-5.15pm, 3 Sept 10am-4pm. My MA work is being shown in the Contemporary Craft space along with glass, ceramics, textiles, jewellery and product design.
Unfortunately this exhibition finishes tomorrow but I was really impressed with some of the new licentiate members.
I particularly liked the following but there was actually lots of really interesting and inspiring work.
Amanda chose to create a body of responses to the subject of mental health inspired by a former patient of the West Riding Pauper and Lunatic Asylum during the mid-nineteenth century. She used embroidered text and florals to express the beauty which lies beneath the surface of the dark sinister elements of the narrative.
Holly creates artwork inspired by her childhood memories. She constructs delicate and intricate structures which are influenced by scenes from her grandparents garden, capturing the enchanting and fairytale qualities which the garden and its inhabitants possessed when she was a child.
In Praise of Shadows
Susi is inspired by the play of light, dark and shadows in the interpretation of space. She takes some of the themes discussed by Junichiro Tanazaki and explores them by using shadow in the colour and structure of her weaving.
Miriam’s work was created to record the legacy of her father, one shared by many other displaced Polish and Jewish families as a result of the second world war. The pairs of paper laminated cloth suggest a 3D family tree, revealing snatches of the unfolding story glimpsed through the images.
I also found the work of current member Batool Showghi very interesting.
Her work is based on her experience of living in Iran and dealing with the issues of memory, identity and loss. She uses the mediums of photography, collage, acrylic and mixed media to convey the issues she is addressing and the thread and stitching symbolise the restrictions of movement and confinement.
12 – 21 August 2016
The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1
I needed to get this blog up quickly as unfortunately the Studio 21 exhibition, The Sewing Machine Project finishes on Sunday 8th November. If you can, I highly recommend you visit the exhibition which is on at South Hill Park Arts Centre, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA. It is great venue but doesn’t benefit from people passing by as it is tucked away at the back of the centre.
The exhibition is all about the sewing machine and the themes range from mechanics, decoration and operation to personal, cultural, political and social histories.
I don’t want to spoil the exhibition but here a few photos to give you an idea of the work on show.
In-between, Interactive Lines
45 days and 10 washes
Studio 21: The Sewing Machine Project
South Hill Park Arts Centre, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
27 Oct-7 Nov 11am-6pm
8 Nov 11am-4pm