At The Centre Of The Forest

‘At The Centre Of The Forest’ is a piece that was originally planned as a photogravure print. In the end, Jonny decided to use the cyanotype process to produce this large scale piece of 18 A4 sections. Unlike the majority of photographic printing processes, the chemicals used in creating cyanotype images are not toxic and…

Bishops Wood

‘Bishops Wood’ is a large scale cyanotype made of up to 12 A4 panels. The wood at Magus Muir near St Andrews was the site of the murder of Archbishop Sharp in 1675, during the Scottish reformation. The murderers were executed in Edinburgh; the head and two hands from three of them are buried in…

Mummy, what happens when we die?

This work was first exhibited at the St Saviours Winter Show this time last year, (laid out on the wooden bases of the choir pews, in the church that was frequented by Sir John Betjeman as a child) and then as part of Roots at Craft Central. This is the first time that the leaves…

Receptacles

One of the interesting things about using foliage and vegetable material is one never know how long something is going to last. We have been amazed at the longevity of the Artefact series, with the oldest pieces dating to 2015. Ross uses no preservatives in creating these pieces, which makes their survival all the more…

BalconyLife Cloth

Started last year during our ‘BalconyLife‘ exhibition outdoor display and ‘Open September at the Dye Garden’, this is the first time that the BalconyLife Cloth is being shown to the public. It is a visual record of the community engagement and interaction with the work we have been doing at the Nomadic Dye Garden and…

‘Still life’ at the Leicester Contemporary

Our first show together as moderneccentrics is now open at the Leicester Contemporary Gallery and we are so thrilled. After a busy week getting everything together, plus working through a few last minute hitches, the show opened on Friday night with over 300 visitors by close of day yesterday. The space is incredible and Steve…

Artefact Book Now Available!

Things have been a bit quiet here on the blog for a wee while. This is because we’ve been rather busy here at moderneccentrics and there is going to be lots going on over the next month. The first thing we’re launching is our new book of Ross’ work. Covering the Artefact series, which started…

Other Work at the Contemporary Textile Fair 2021

Opening this weekend and continuing till next Sunday the 28th, this year’s Contemporary Textile Fair has had a few false starts with COVID and lockdowns but it’s finally here!  Alongside the new series of work ‘Lockdown III – A Contemporary Circling‘ that Ross created Ross during Lockdown III especially for the Contemporary Textile Fair, we…

Contemporary Textile Fair 2021

In 2018, Ross was invited to create a site specific piece for the Contemporary Textile Fair at the the Landmark Art Centre, Teddington. The result was ‘Journey‘, 120m of naturally dyed and rusted recycled hotel sheets commenting on migration, refugees and the global imbalance of resources. We revisited ‘Journey‘ last year in our Open September…

St Saviour’s Winter Show: Jonathan Dredge

The act of looking and experiencing is key for an artist, and it is something that has preoccupied Jonathan since drawing flora as a child. This continues to be a key strand of his work as he attempts to capture the essence and atmosphere of what he sees before him, whether it is the beauty…

Final Week Part 2 – The Weekend

By Saturday our luck had really changed re the weather, though 4 weeks of wonderful warm sunshine in September was an amazing run. Rainy sleety awfulness had set in and the idea of creating solar jars in a blizzard somehow didn’t seem promising. A rolling fire later and we were ready for visitors! Once again…

Final Week Part 1 – Equinox Harvest

Well we did it… Our ‘Open September’ has come to an end, and what a grand success. Coming out of lockdown and with a very limited growing season, we managed with a lot of kindness and help to open ‘BALCONYLIFE A Collection and Nomadic Dye Garden’ to the public. With the final week approaching, unsurprisingly we had…