The touring exhibition showcases contempory craft made in the Midlands. Celebrating 30 years of successful showcases, Craftspace promotes recent craft with a regional connection.
Clare PentlowPatters Play Paper
The artists ability to create complex geometric designs from paper is an incredible work of art. Cutting, folding and layering patterns turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. The hypnotic collection on display appears to move with your gaze. The artists mesmerising creations are like nothing I’ve seen before. Her ability make paper look razor sharp by hand and laser cutting the delicate material is highly impressive.
A well deserved winner of the ‘Best Exhibitor’ prize for this exhibition.
Her love of nature and poetic landscapes led her to create these miniature threaded textile pieces. Influenced by English Romanticism the stitched islands she drew inspiration from a the following quotation by William Blake
“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eye of a man of imagination nature is imagination itself”
The award winning, widely exhibited artist works in pastel, then ‘paints with fibres’ on old dyed blankets, “moving around the piece like a dancer inhabiting an imaginary landscape”. The tiny intricate pieces will have you woolgathering for hours.
The artist hand pulled two kilometres of glass thread in 25 colours to achieve the chromaticity on display. Inspired by op-art from the 1960s and fabric from the 1970’s he credits Paul Klee’s comment “drawing is taking a line for a walk” for the collection.
The fused glass creates a unique visual experience that will have you in awe of his talent.
Theo WrightWhen Waves Collide
The former computer scientist became a weaver and a regularly occurring theme in his work is the affiliation of weaving and mathematics. The handwoven artworks are based on sine waves, here we see two different mathematical curves collaborate. Each piece is created on a 16-shaft mechanical dobby floor loom.
Worthy winner of the prize ‘Best Newcomer’, he experiments with colour and dedicates immense time to produce these pieces, I highly recommend viewing the impressive selection of scarfs for sale on the artists website [theowright.co.uk].
Robyn SmithPull yourself together bird brain
Let me pick your brain
Using digital technologies the interactive pieces throw light on experiences of mental health issues. From studying the different therapy approaches the artist ponders if they work. The artwork depicts the paralysis of self-imposed mental barriers. Indicating the vice that keeps people glues to their sofa is preventing them from achieving their goals. Having experienced a “Prozac-fuelled total psychotic breakdown”, the artist states; “My illness has given me a broader view of the world,”
Kay & Cynthia WilliamsonCorrespondence: Give it a Whirl
This adorable hand knitted piece started in Stockholm as a swatch. Kay started to knit in a free formation, without a pattern or plan. When finishing a section, instead of casting off properly the artist threaded red cotton through the unfinished stitches, ready for it to be picked up by her Grandmother Cynthia in Birmingham. The two spent two years sending the piece back and forth, each adding a unique section to create this spectacle.
Forming part of Kay’s postgraduate research into the potential impact of sharing skills between craft makers and formally educated makers.
The Made in the Middle Exhibition is touring venues; The Herbert (Coventry), Parkside Gallery (Birmingham), National Centre for Craft & Design (Sleaford), Brewhouse Arts Centre (Burton upon Trent) and Rugby Art Gallery from 2016 to 2018.
See http://madeinthemiddle.craftspace.co.uk/tour/ for the full itinerary.