"Constructed Textiles" is
a wonderful phrase, and one I feel applies so well to my work. But
in the process of constructing, there is a great deal of pulling
apart, examining and "deconstructing", if you like. This
month I thought it would be interesting to explore my fascination
So, coming up in this newsletter:
Exhibition at the Lillie Art Gallery
Why I love Constructing Textiles
Video of Constructed Textiles
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I will be exhibiting some of my work in the
Christmas Art Show at the Lillie
Art Gallery, Milngavie, Glasgow from 22nd
November until 20th December.
As part of the national Homecoming 2009 programme
in Scotland, on the 25th January 2009 there are to be mass lantern
processions weaving through Dumfries, South Scotland to celebrate
the 250th Birthday of Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet and
There will also be live music and a spectacular
fire sculpture show. Lantern making workshops will be taking place
throughout the region and I will be one of the artists involved.
For more information go to www.dgaa.net.
Why I Love Constructing Textiles
I knew of "constructed textiles"
of course, but had not thought of putting my work into that category
until I read about "the constructed textiles of Maggie Ayres"
on Spring Fling's website earlier this year. I loved this concept
at once and wondered why I had never used it to describe my work,
since it certainly expresses what I do.
I really like being able to take semi- raw materials
like wool and silk tops or beaten mulberry bark and build them into
something else, deeply textured and multi-layered.
Layers of silk fibres and distressed
Construction implies the practice of skills
crafted slowly over time, building with purpose and perhaps some
level of ingenuity in order to overcome practical problems. This
idea really appeals to me as I work repeatedly to achieve somehow,
the effects I desire. The construction of textiles as an artistic
practice offers me not only the possibility to hone my craft as
a maker, but also to express myself creatively through the use of
texture, light, colour and form.
Video of Constructed Textiles
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I love the way the fibres of mulberry bark can be
manipulated. The shapes formed by the pulling apart I find quite
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