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Rosie James and I were invited at short notice by Marta Patlewicz to show our work in the Pop Up Shop in Chatham. It gave us a chance to show together again as part of our Thread, Paper, Cloth collaboration and I re-configured the work shown in Manchester at Wobudong and am also showing a set of monoprints.
It was interesting to reinstall the work in a different space and this time I was quite playful in the way I hung it.
The exhibition opens on Friday 4 July from 4pm. and runs until 25 July. Rosie and I will be running a workshop in the space on 19 July from 11am – 3pm.
I have been asked to make some mono prints for an exhibition in London. I haven’t done any printing for ages so I was slightly anxious but as I am always up for a challenge I had a go and really enjoyed the process. I shall be doing more! This is a hand rubbed print on rice paper but I also did a few prints at Resort Studios in Margate, which has fabulous facilities.
The prints I am showing are non-literal translations of my drawings and compared to the drawings on paper the marks can be made much more quickly, although the entire process of producing the print is no quicker overall.
Image: “spontaneous drawing” on a long, continuous piece of Chinese paper, as I listened to and watched the improvised music and movement that was going on around me as part of a Dover Arts Development Spontaneous Creativity workshop on 27 April in my project space.
I just realised that the beautiful scroll you made on Sunday could be read as the story of the workshop. (Joanna Jones)
See my a-n blog post #148:
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Ruth Geldard, who came to the second Thread, Paper, Cloth artist-to-artist workshop in my project space exploring paper, has written a lovely piece about her experience on her a-n blog: (# 21) In the company of women. The image shows her “mosaic” of collected scraps of paper associated with emotional events in her life.
“…it was clear that people had naturally found innovative, witty, lateral-thinking-type ways of working outside the box as well as forging new, and strengthening existing, relationships with their peers. Brilliant day-it ought to be on prescription.”
Ewan Golder has made a lovely film of the Keep Going Salon presented by Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Malene Sheppard Skaerved, with work by me and Rosie James hung in the project space. Even if you weren’t there, you can get a feel of what the event was like from watching the video.
Click here to watch it on Vimeo.
It is always really helpful to see one’s work in the context of an exhibition, especially with artists one hasn’t met before, let alone shown with. Wobudong, which explored the liminal space between drawing and writing, and considered writing as both gesture and performance, was no exception. There were overlaps and connections in terms of marks – whether found as in Catherine Wynne Paton’s piece and the found dribbles on the wall where Julie Brixley Williams installed her “tired calligraphy” – or made, repetition and notation (Sue Gough), the use of thread, reference to/use of textiles, and of grids and grid-like structures. My work was interestingly referred to as “painting with textiles” (Sue Gough).
Another link was the sense of movement (Jayne Lloyd). Jayne’s performance, “Walking in character”, explored the idea of wandering in and out of a given structure, in this case a wonky cube, and dealing with obstacles to straightforward progress; as she wandered she left behind a calligraphic woolly trail as a record of her journey.
Exhibition organised by Jayne Lloyd.
Artists: Julie Brixley Williams, Sue Gough, Jayne Lloyd, Clare Smith, Catherine Wynne Paton
Picadilly Place Manchester, 12-16 March 2014
An unexpected response to my recent newsletter was violinist Peter Sheppard-Skaerved’s suggestion of a salon in my space in Dover.
“Your space looks perfect for an event. I would love to play in there! with your fantastic nets/clouds/matrices/neural pathways/constellations…..”
It was a fantastic programme, which included a rare opportunity to hear and watch a virtuoso performance by Peter of Philip Glass’s Strung Out for walking violinist. It was a great honour too to talk to composer Michael Alec Rose, whose compositions Il Ritorno and Silence (World Premiere) were also performed, both taking inspiration from walks on Dartmoor. Malene’s rich evocative voice in the reading of her poems, woven into the music, was a joy to listen to.
“I just wanted to say that it was such a shame to miss yesterday. It looked amazing. Your work works so beautifully there, as a kind of intricate backdrop/world of its own.” (Korinna McRobert)
The programe was built around the idea of walking.
“… lives are led not inside places but through, around, to and from them, from and to places elsewhere. …. I use the term wayfaring to describe the embodied experiene of this perambulatory movement. It is as wayfarers, then that human heings inhabit the earth. …. But by the same token human existence is not fundamentally place-bound …. but place binding. Proceeding along a path, every inhabitant lays a trail. where inhabitants meet, trails are entwined, as he life of each becomes bound up with the other. Every entwining is a knot, and the more that lifelines are entwined the greater the density of the knot.
Places then are like knots, and the treads from which they are tied are lines of wayfaring.” (Tim Ingold, Being Alive, pp. 148-149)
Rosie James installed her transparent stitched drawings to complete the visual arts aspect of the salon.
The event was possible due to the generosity of both audience and artists.