The Japanese Textiles and Craft Festival

The Japanese Textiles and Craft Festival is running till the end of the weekend at Craft Central and is well worth a visit over the weekend. The exhibition show cases a range of artists and craftsmen who work using traditional Japanese techniques, or have been inspired by Japanese philosophies. Exhibitors include our own Ross Belton,…

Dialogue of the Deaf

The two branches that form the body of the work twist together but never meet, never touch… intertwined but unable to ever make a meaningful connection that bridges difference to find common ground and purpose. Naturally dyed threads, using indigo and sappanwood, hang from the branches. Blues and reds hint at team strips or party…

‘Natural Selection’ at the Festival of Quilts

‘Natural Selection are a group of nine artists from the USA, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK who use ecologically sustainable plant based printing and dyeing processes to colour and mark paper and cloth, thereby releasing natures hidden beauty.’ This is Natural Selection’s first time exhibiting together, and their group show at the Festival of…

‘Natural Selection’ – A Taster

Tomorrow we will be setting off at an ungodly hour and heading for the National Exhibition Centre to deliver Ross’ work for ‘Natural Selection‘, an exhibition of nine artists whose work is based in a sense of place and who use found, recycled and re-purposed objects as their resources. ‘Natural Selection features nine artists from…

Colour Journeys

As a culmination of the year, Colour Journeys: Natural Dyeing in Contemporary Practice showcases pieces from artists and makers who have been studying with Jenny Dean, one of the country’s foremost natural dye practitioners at Ditchling, with over forty years’ experience in this specialised field. The variety of work on display includes weaving, paper, textiles…

Artefact at the Packington Gallery

It’s been wonderful week for us here at moderneccentrics. The private view was a great success with many people dropping by over the two hours, both locals and friends from farther afield. As always, we were a touch anxious at the beginning of the evening as there is always that worry that no-one turns up….

Looking forward: Artefact at the Packington Gallery

Excitement is reaching fever pitch here at Moderneccentrics as Ross prepares for his first solo show. In a week you will be able to see the evolving Artefact series together in one place for the first time. Ross works with the materials he finds around him and these pieces are created with found objects and…

Japanese Textile and Craft Festival

At Craft Central at the Forge this week is a very interesting exhibition celebrating the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-20. The year bridges the Rugby World Cup 2019 and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Japan is organising the Japan Season of Culture in the UK, and the UK will oversee the UK Season of Culture…

Mandalas

Ross has been having a very busy period in the run up to Christmas. He has continued to run the winter dates of the natural dyeing course ‘Nature’s Palette’ at Stepney City Farm and our mark making and homemade brushes at Cass in Islington, both of which concluded this week. At the same time, he…