Looking Forward – PRISM at the RBSA

In 2017, PRISM will be showing their new exhibition ‘Another View’ in two venues – at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in the May and again at Hoxton Arches in the October. Although using the same title, a different selection of work will be on show at each venue. This is the first time PRISM have exhibited…

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…

Looking Forward – ‘Another View’ at the RBSA, May 2017

After the success of ‘Fracture’ at the Hoxton Arches, this year Prism will be exhibiting in both Birmingham in May and London in October. The title of this year’s exhibition is ‘Another View’, and we are thrilled that my image of Ross Belton’s (@spottedhyenas) piece ‘Split Traditions’ has been selected for the press and publicity…

Street Dance

So I must apologise for the ‘radio silence’ here at moderneccentrics. It’s been a very hectic month and we’re not out of the woods yet but here’s one of the things we’ve been up to. In preparation for a submission for the Wearable Expressions Show in California, we asked the dancer Maya Williams to come over for…

Open Submission Season

Lots of exhibitions and shows appear to have closing dates around the same time, the time being now. So we’ve been looking at what @spottedhyenas has been up to, and I’ve been photographing our favourite pieces and works in progress so we’ve a good set of images for promotion. Some of the ideas @spottedhyenas is exploring…

Cabinets of Curiosities

The Greeks did it, and so did the Romans – the need to collect is almost as old as human culture itself. The reasons behind this urge can be attributed to many things, but what unites them is a desire to catalogue and examine, to collect and explain. It could be religious relics or magical…

The Art of the Bundle

Sitting on the sofa watching the other half of Modern Eccentrics wrap his bundles before they are submerged in the dye pot, I was struck by how beautiful these transient objects are. They’re seen by no one as they are just part of the process, so we’ve decided to share some of our bundle images…

The Quest for Darkness – achieving Black with Natural Dyes

I hadn’t realised that some people found it difficult to achieve a depth of black in natural dyed fabrics, until I was showing some of my WIP samples to fellow makers. I’ve previously managed to achieve lovely greys by using rusted wire on silk, before natural dyeing, in two separate processes. With the fabric I…

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…

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…

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…

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…