Looking Forward No3 – PRISM ‘Fracture’

It’s all stations go here, as we prepare to exhibit with the international art textiles group PRISM for the first time. ‘Fracture’ opens at the Hoxton Arches and runs from the 1st till the 12th of June. ‘Split Traditions’ and ‘Fractured landscapes’ are both complete, and everything is due to be delivered early Sunday morning to…

Inspired By… 2016 the Exhibition

The Private View at Morley College of the V&A partnered exhibition ‘Inspired by…‘ was far too busy to actually see the work clearly, so I returned a couple of days later to photograph the pieces properly. Overdoing it slightly, I have well over a hundred images from the Private View and the exhibition which I…

Inspired By… The Prize Giving and Private View

With a beautiful summer evening delivering warmth and a little sunshine, the gods smiled on Morley Gallery and the V&A as they launched this year’s ‘Inspired By…’ exhibition. Inspired by… is an art competition and exhibition (supported by the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation and NIACE for people in adult education), showcasing new works inspired by exhibits…

Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System

I caught ‘Otherworlds’ three days before it closed at the Natural History Museum, thanks to my friend Matthew Stradling. He thought it would be just my sort of thing – with stunningly abstract detail images from across the solar system (looking like Cocteau Twins EP covers or internationally acclaimed textile art) shown with awe inspiring planetary…

And Then He Was A She – Paintings of Holly Woodlawn by Sadie Lee

As I write this, a memorial service for Holly Woodlawn, the Warhol Superstar, is being streamed around the globe on howlround. On this side of the pond, an exhibition ‘And Then He Was A She’ is showing at the Ply Gallery, Hornsey Town Hall. Holly’s life was full of extremes, and I first discovered her…

In Search of the Absolute – Alberto Giacometti and Yves Klein

Pairing seemingly disparate artists together can often highlight similarities that may not seem immediately obvious. This interaction often produces exciting exhibitions, such as the recent Gagosian (Britannia Street) Show ‘AVEDON WARHOL’. These two artists had never been shown before, even though they worked in the same city at the same time, mainly in the field…

Sainsbury’s Frozen Summer Fruits

While trying to sort out dinner, something that I always seems to be doing, I stubbled across Sainsbury’s Frozen Summer Fruits on special offer. I’ve dyed with blackberries before and I wondered what colour summer fruits (a mix of raspberries, blackberries, blackcurrants & redcurrants) would yield. Preparing the natural dye pot for the berries is similar…

Erota – Jenny Saville

‘I’m trying to see if it’s possible to hold that tipping moment of perception or have several moments co- exist… Like looking at a memory.’ —Jenny Saville I have loved Jenny Saville’s work since the Sensation exhibition where I first saw her paintings. Her challengingly direct work around the human figure has been an influence…

Looking Forward No2 – ‘Inspired By…’

‘Inspired by…’ is an art competition and exhibition supported by the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation and NIACE. The competition showcases new works inspired by exhibits in the V&A’s collections created by people in adult education. Run successfully by the V&A for a number of years, the competition has been organised by Morley Gallery since 2014. We’re…

Looking Forward No1 – Mona Hatoum

Mona Hatoum – Poetic & Political Installations, Tate Modern, 4 May – 21 August 2016. I first discovered Mona Haltom’s work at the Turner Prize exhibition in 1995. While the winner became THE celebrity artist for the 21st century (and has poisoned museum guards across the globe with his leaky formaldehyde tanks for good measure),…

Making Contact

Having forgotten the cardinal rule of visiting Columbia Road Flower Market (get there EARLY or at the end of the day), we braved the crowds on a sunny bank holiday Sunday, to chat to stall holders… We think that using discarded foliage and remnants in the dye pot makes economic sense, and a great way…