Select Festival 2017

This year, Stroud International Textiles have introduced an open call competition to create ‘original creative head adornment’ as part of the Select Festival. The selected and winning works will be exhibited in a Shop window trail through the town centre. The SitSelect festival is also pleased to feature the launch of DIS/rupt, the Textile Study Group‘s new exhibition project, which they plan to tour after the festival.

Ross has produced three new works, under the working title ‘Mythical Urban Fairytale’, for the competition. Inspired by the Karo people of the Omo Valley Ethiopia, these Mythical Urban Characters were created with the bounty gathered and collected along City Basin towpath London.

In using natural and discarded materials found in the immediate vicinity of our location, Ross has discovered new and plentiful resources. New Zealand Flax, quite distinct from Northern Hemisphere flax, is traditionally used by the Maori as a fibre to create textiles, and is now commonly found along most urban roadsides. An architectural and remarkably self sufficient plant, it is now proving to be a favourite with London councils and an abundant resource.

Some of the rusty metal used has been collected over many years as part of an ongoing project, ‘Time’.

‘Hunter’

Eucalyptus branch and sycamore leaves, bound with New Zealand flax & recycled rusty wire.

‘Maiden’

New Zealand flax bound circle chain mail, gathered Japanese anemones and recycled fine picture wire.

‘Soothsayer’

Recycled fishing net, rusted ring and tin pulls, rib bones, gathered foliage; pine twigs and hydrangea blooms, recycled rusty fence finial and crochet recycled rusty wire.

You can see the full set of images here.

All work © Ross Belton, images and text © Jonathan Dredge.

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