Textile Alchemy at the WAC Gallery

For once, I’m not going to write very much about this wonderful show, the end of year exhibition of the Advanced Textile Workshop at Morley College. This is because Zoë Burt, the tutor has summed things up so eloquently, and done my job for me. ‘Students have had exciting opportunities to creatively develop their professional textile…

Yayoi Kusama: sculptures, paintings & mirror rooms

Spots! Welcome to the wonderful world of Yayoi Kusama. Women artists have often been dismissed as eccentrics or second class citizens in art, airbrushed from history. Like Lousie Bourgeois (whose artists room has just opened at the Switch House, Tate Modern), Kusama’s distinctive voice and relentless drive, has produced a body of work so unique…

‘Painting with Light’ at Tate Britain

There is a general opinion that using photographs as a resource for painting is somehow cheating, that drawing or painting from life is purer. The snobbery connected with using photos for reference is a subject that came up when I interviewed Sadie Lee about her portraits of Holly Woodlawn. Here at Tate Britain is a…

TATE Modern Switch House Extension

I am a bit sore, and definitely a little bit smelly. I really should have put on a clean t-shirt this morning, rather than sniffing the one I was wearing yesterday. And the reason for my aching thighs and stinky pits? I spent my entire visit to the Switch House climbing and descending the stairs…

Looking Forward No4 – The Catwalk Show

‘Waterloo Bridge, Grey Weather – a collaborative project. Leaves on the river surface, rust in the water, floating downstream… copper chains halting the drift, ‘eucalyptus’ clasps hold and reflect the natural dying process.’ Program Notes This is not fashion – this is a garment, constructed from natural hand dyed eco-printed silk, held and shaped to…

Walter De Maria at the Gagosian

How minimalist or conceptual do the British public like their art? I would say not very, judging but the lack of crowds at the Walter De Maria retrospective at the Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street. This is De Maria’s first solo show in the UK and it spans work from across from the early 70s till…

PRISM Fracture – closing weekend

This weekend is the last chance to see Fracture, PRISM’s 2016 art textiles show at the Hoxton Arches, Cremer Street. The exhibition has been a resounding success with great feedback, as well as a healthy collection of sales, always welcome in a maker’s life. If you can, and you haven’t managed to visit the show…

Found – An Exhibition curated by Cornelia Parker

Watching DANGER! Cornelia Parker, the imagine profile, again last night, I was reminded what a talented and imaginative artist Cornelia Parker is. And this wonderful program just reinforced my respect for the woman herself. The show touches on Found, her curated show at the Foundling Museum, London, but also looks at the process and creation…

PRISM – Fracture at the Hoxton Arches

So, earlier this month I was looking forward to ‘Fracture’ opens at the Hoxton Arches. This is the second exhibition running this month that includes the work of @spottedhyenas, the other half of moderneccentrics. I wrote that with exhibits exploring subjects as wide ranging as the loss of biodiversity, beauty in imperfections, social relationships and…

Euroart Open Studio 2016

If you are out and about around Tottenham Hale today, you could do far worse than head down to the Euroart Studios open-day. This three building complex is home to over 70 artists ranging from painters, sculptors and textile artists to printmakers and fashion designers. We went to visit Julie Turner, who studies with @spottedhyenas on…

Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2016

I must confess, I’ve fallen rather behind with my blog posts. The photos from this exhibition were taken exactly a month ago today. In my defence, we have had my parents staying for over a week and we’ve been preparing for three exhibitions that include @spottedhyenas’ work (Inspired By… PRISM Fracture and the upcoming ‘Textile…

MISSONI ART COLOUR at the Fashion and Textile Museum

Prepare yourself for an overload of shades, tones and colours – the spectrum is almost infinite, and the experience is breathtaking. The Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey and the MA*GA Art Museum, Gallarate, have collaborated to produce this overview of the work of Missoni, the Italian family firm founded in 1953, and famous for…