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’ – 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…

Studio 21: Colour Notes

Studio 21’s current exhibition ‘Colour Notes’, celebrates the group’s 21st anniversary  and explores how each artist expresses and interprets their own response to colour through narratives and memories. Launched at the Knitting and Stitching Exhibition in October 2018 (where the majority of these shots were taken) to great acclaim, Colour Notes comprises a broad range…

Anni Albers at Tate Modern

It is fair to say that history has not been kind to women involved in 20th Century art and design. Architects and designers such as Eileen Gray are now lauded as pioneers and yet the first time her name was mentioned on the radio was announcing her death. The women who were involved in the…

No Serial Number

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 today. One of his key…

Looking forward – In Bloom

This summer the Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted will be filled flowers. Their summer show ‘In Bloom’, is a floral festival with artists contributing a whole host of works. The Gallery says the show will be ‘a joyous celebration of summer with flowers in all their glory and created in all sorts of ways – paint,…

Looking forward – Transient

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 new exhibition ‘Transient’. Each artist has…

A Great Weekend

Well that was a very hectic week! After months of preparation, we headed down to the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington on Thursday morning with our friend, Wolfgang Woerner, an honorary member of moderneccentrics for the weekend. With 117m of rusted and naturally dyed recycled hotel sheets, we were all ready to set up ‘Journey’,…

Roots, Shoots & Leaves

The busy summer for us continues, with Ross exhibiting in ‘Roots, Shoots & Leaves‘, the new exhibition at the Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted, running from the 18th of July to the 5th of August. This the the second exhibition organised by From the Earth (this time in conjunction with the Upstairs Gallery), exploring a wide variety…

RCA MA Textiles Show

Degree show season is always an interesting time of year. From the student’s point of view, there is the last minute frenzy of panic and stress, followed by the slight anti-climactic feeling once the show has opened. For the visitor, it is a challenge of spotting future stars and talent without feeling overwhelmed by the…

Textiles and Botany at the SLBI

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 has responded in uniquely different…

The Archive Project @ The Cello Factory

On Friday, Ross and I headed down to visit The Archive Project at The Cello Factory, in Waterloo. Though the show has now finished, I felt that the work and thinking behind the show was really worth sharing. Conceived in 2016, ‘The Archive Project’ was set up by Poppy Szaybo, Mary Morris, Debbie Lyddon and Denise Jones…