Back in August I wrote a post entitled Interactive Art, in which I mentioned that I was hoping to go to an exhibition to see the wonderful work of Alastair Duncan.
Here is a photo he sent me of his piece for me to share with you
The pale leaf shapes are wire and when they are touched they play a sound.
On Sunday 20th, I went to the Exhibition in London, at the Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green Road, curated by Margaret Jones
who had taken over 500 hours to weave her beautiful diptych, ‘The Fallen’
It was wonderful to chat to Margaret and hear about her passion for weaving and how she had invited exhibitors from all over the world to be part of this exhibition.
Joanne Soroka‘s richly textured piece, ‘Another Country’, reminded me of Australia
The dreamy ‘Strandsong’ by Joan Baxter, (if you click on her name the link will take you to a rather beautiful video of her) reminded me of blissful hours spent wandering along the strandline, beachcombing
I did not take the details of this striking piece – wish I had now
And this one was more needle-weaving than tapestry but intriguing all the same
casting delicate shadows on the walls.
If you would like to see more of the tapestries, go to the Heallreaf Instagram Page.
My favourite was Alastair’s, and I loved the interactivity of it
As you touched the leaves it activated sounds, which you could listen to individually or if you touched two at once or several in quick succession you could layer or weave the sounds together and create a soundscape. There were a couple of sounds of people laughing which was a surprise and made me laugh too. It would have been great to have had the sounds playing out into the room so that several people could play at once.
One of the most thrilling aspects of the day for me was to meet up with two fellow textile artitsts from the Stitchbook Collective. That’s Tracey in the photo above. We all enjoyed the exhibition and meeting and chatting to Margaret and afterwards we went to a nearby cafe to chat some more about the Stitchbook Collective, and share our own textile stories.
We discovered that we had all made a Sawdust Heart, and this created another rather special, bond. Tracey (in the middle) runs textile classes and if you are in the Cambridge area (UK) and are interested in taking a class, send me a message via the CONTACT ME page and I will pass on her email address to you.
It was such a joy to meet with two more of Helen Birmingham’s happy band of stitchers. (Cathy is another)
The link (Helen’s) takes you to an article written in the Scarborough News (annoying ads alert)
A quote from Helen from the article:
I like this quotation ascribed to the Greek philosopher, Aristotle (384-322 BC): “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”