No Serial Number

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Launching next week is the summer issue of No Serial Number magazine, featuring a six page feature on Ross and his artistic practice. In the interview he discusses his textile journey, starting with Creative and Experimental Textiles, an evening course run by Debby Brown at Morley College, to where he is…

Oceania at the RA Part 2

‘Oceania does not shy away from the interactions between Islanders and Europeans from the 18th century onwards – far from it. Towards the end, the exhibition tackles this important part of the story with sensitivity and nuance.’ Alastair Cooke One of the fascinating things about this exhibition is how it includes the creative responses of…

Oceania at the RA Part 1

In the autumn of 2018 ‘Oceania’, a once in a lifetime exhibition, opened at the Royal Academy. An awe-inspiring show that encompassed the entire Pacific Ocean – one third of the Earth’s surface, ‘…its waters were a sort of conduit, facilitating communication and cross-fertilisation between seafaring peoples.’ Alastair Sooke. Rather than grouping the exhibits by…

Textiles and Botany at the SLBI

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This summer’s first Advanced Textile Workshop exhibition is open at the South London Botanical Institute this weekend. The show is made up of works inspired by two of the Institute’s projects ‘Botany on your Plate’ and ‘Plant Recording for All Ages’, and is interspersed throughout the ground floor and gardens. Each artist…

Select Festival 2017

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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…

Transient

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transient | ˈtranzɪənt | adjective lasting only for a short time; impermanent. • staying or working in a place for a short time only: the transient nature of the migrant labour. Opening on the 30th of May, PRISM, the international exhibiting group, will be returning to the Hoxton Arches with their…

Tim Johnson – Lines and Fragments

The Craft Study Centre at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham is a hidden gem. Holding a renowned archive collection that includes calligraphy, ceramics, furniture, wood and textiles by influential figures such as Bernard Leach, Ethel Mairet, Phyllis Barron and Edward Johnston, the CSC is used by artists and makers the world over. In…

Highlights from the Festival of Quilts

This was out first visit to the Festival of Quilts and much like the Knitting and Stitching Show, it is vast. As well as the hundreds of independent stalls selling their wares (everything a quilter or textile artist could need, and much more besides), there is an area set aside for Galleries and exhibiting artists….

‘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….