Restrictions – (Un)woven Reflections on Lockdown

This weekend at CraftCentral is a wonderful show, Restrictions exhibiting work created during lockdown by an international collection of artists. ‘Restrictions, unraveling and the re-creation of new structures in contemporary textiles are the themes of this black and white exhibition.’  This is an independent exhibition organised by `Freeweaver Studio `London and is the first in…

Journey Revisited

In working out the schedule of events to coincide with the opening of ‘Balcony Life: A Nomadic Dye Garden’, we decided to revisit ‘Journey’ as one of the first exhibits in the garden. We laid out the fabric to access what remained after two years in storage, and the fact that a third of the…

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,…

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…

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’,…

The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!

Can an artist examine the culture of self promotion in today’s society with a self promoting show called ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!’? ‘When I came up with this title, I liked it because it chimed with one of my ongoing ambitions – to widen the audience for art without dumbing it down. Mainly I…

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…