Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Halfway Between - TVCT - 3

A few more photos of the TVCT exhibition at Knitting and Stitching last week.

The first exhibition we did had quite a few 3D items to display on plinths. This time there weren't so many. Here are a few of the small ones.

This book 'Lost' is by Ros Crouch.
We chose to display it in a star shape, but it would also work to have the pages together showing the layers which work together to illustrate the feeling of being lost.
The text on the pages are lines from Dante’s Inferno which describe being lost at the middle of his life in a dark wood.

I wasn't able to get a close up of the other work (had jobs to do!) But here is a photo showing them in the centre of the room.

Besides Ros' book, to the right is Annie Hamilton's book 'Halfway Between Reality and Fantasy'. She enhanced her sketches of a wood near her home. Annie says 'By looking very closely at small areas of the ground, I could make out leaves, twigs, plant and small dark spaces that seemed to form odd creatures.'

and in the front is Clare William's 'Imaginarium' which she describes as a travelling theatre with the quote ‘An imaginarium is a place to go for your imagination – to let it flower, let it grow, let it take you places.’

These small pieces on the plinths were near to the centre of the room, but worked well visually with the 3 pieces behind them. The work seen on the wall in the photo above were inspired by various aspects of water and used shibori fabrics and natural dyeing techniques.
From left to right:
Margaret Ramsay - 'Fleet Mudflats' part of a seascape series exploring rhythm and referencing the transitional intertidal zones of the Fleet. She also blended inkjet images of indigo shibori fabrics and photos of sand ripples, then altered them to look like the genuine article.

Cathy Park - 'Sky, Sea, Shore' Cathy had fabric she had dyed with indigo and potassium permanganate. To her, they were 'halfway between what I wanted and what I liked.' I think that together they work well to be just right!

Marion Robertson - 'Rock Pools at Nairn'. Marion chose a part of the beach where there are rock pools because of the happy memories of playing there as a child, and also of her children playing there. She says, 'For me the rock pools are neither land nor sea but sometimes they are both.'

Marion has been giving valuable help with the admin side of the exhibition. She also spent a great deal of time putting together inspiration packs which we were able to sell to help cover exhibition costs.

And finally for 3D work.
I didn't get a photo of Dorothy Crossley's piece 'Cannock Chase' on its own. It was wonderfully textured and when it was hung away from the wall the shadows behind added even more to the depth which was already in the work. Dorothy's inspiration for her woven tapestry came from her walks on Cannock Chase. She says, 'The viewer is encouraged to enter the environment and look to see what is between the trees.'
You can see Dorothy's piece on the wall in this photo.
The work in front of Dorothy's piece was made by Jane Glennie.

Jane submitted two very different pieces. One very large and one very small.
Jane used a scaled up knitting process with recycled video tapes to create her large piece, 'Two Trunks'. The two textured, thin, iridescent black structures were influenced by the trunks of pines in Swinley Forest, Berkshire after the recent forest fire. She asks, 'Are the trunks living or dead? They are somewhere halfway between. If dead themselves, they are supporting visible life in the form of moss and lichen.'

Unfortunately I didn't get a photo of the small one. It was rather fragile, so she waited to the beginning of the opening day to take the little porcelain pieces out of their wrappings. As I said, at that point, I totally forgot to take any more photos.

A few more photos tomorrow.

1 comment:

irene macwilliam said...

Looking at the exhibition photos which show a great variety of interesting work, I feel it sad that people make definitions between the quilt world and the embroidery world. I belong to both guilds here in Northern Ireland and am finding they use speakers that overlap.