Welcome to the March Newsletter. Don't
be fooled into thinking it's actually April - according to my calendar
it's March 34th...
Coming up in less than 3 weeks is my
solo exhibition, Connection, in the Castle Douglas Art Gallery.
More, I promise, before then - I'm determined April's Newsletter
will be in April :)
Meanwhile, I thought I would write a
brief introduction to a Victorian Corset Making Course I was on
at the end of March.
Following on from last month's video
about threads and fibres, this is about using stitching as mark
And, of course, at the end of the page
is a high resolution image for you to download to print off or use
as desktop wallpaper for your computer
From 21st April until 2nd May there
will be a solo exhibition of my work here at Castle
Douglas Art Gallery entitled Connection.
I have a particular fondness for this venue;
I love the space and natural light. And not only is it conveniently
placed for my husband to nip across the road with fresh coffee,
but it is also the place of my first solo exhibition 2 years ago.
I'm really looking forward to it. Do come along if you can.
Spring Fling 2009
Spring Fling is the annual open studios
event in Dumfries and Galloway at the end of May each year.
From 25th April to 16th May, the Taster
Exhibition then moves to Stranraer
Museum, in Stranraer
The event itself runs from 23rd to 25th
May when visitors will be able to see artists and makers in
their own studios (including mine!). Contact 01387 262084
for a free brochure.
Connecting the Threads - Farfield Mill
From 18th July to 31st August there
will be a solo exhibition of my work in the Dover Gallery,
at Farfield Mill, Sedbergh, Cumbria. www.farfieldmill.org.
I'm excited about this exhibition as Farfield Mill is growing in
reputation as a venue for showing textile art.
I will post more information about these events
as time goes on.
Victorian Corset Making
This month I thought I would write an introduction
to the ideas behind my going on a Victorian corset making course
at the end of March at theNorthern
College of Costumein York.
Our society is moving progressively further away
from an acceptance of what is natural and normal in a quest to attain
the "perfect" youthful body. It seems to me the constraints
of extreme dietary regimes, body enhancing cosmetic surgery and
frighteningly unrealistic expectations and aspirations as to how
we should look are no less contorting of our bodies than the idealised
forms created by the radical foundation wear of history.
I was really excited at the prospect of learning
some specialised sewing and construction techniques and not a little
daunted at the prospect of making a corset for my own body. Like
almost all women, it seems, I have always had issues with my shape
and size. But at the core of doing this was the subjective experience
of working with my own body as it is physically constrained and
shaped. It was a powerful experience and will certainly have an
influence on my future work.
I am exploring these ideas of constraint against
a historical and cultural background of social control, combining
unyielding, manmade constraints with the softness of silken materials
as a depiction of vulnerable flesh.
I will be writing more about this as the work
progresses over the coming months.
Video of Stitching as Mark Making
In last month's video, I spoke about
the importance of threads and fibres in my work and how the amazing
variety available contributes to the ability to blend texture, light
and colour. This time I will talk about how they work as mark-making
in pieces I make.
Download a free high-resolution image for your own wall or computer
This is a detail from an artwork which shows how
different kinds of stitching not only hold the piece together, but
help give it shape, colour and form.
Right-click on the image and select Save
Target As. You can then save the image on your computer and
print it off on photographic or watercolour paper at up to A4 size
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