Gathered Memories is a textile installation of tea dyed silk and gold thread illustrating the concept of memories, showing how these twist and turn through life. Inspired by an original idea by Elizabeth Saunders and commissioned by the Theatre Royal Winchester, this larger and more ambitious work brought together five artists and is the culmination of three months’ work.
Elizabeth was joined by Jeryl Church, Lisa Earley, Consuelo Simpson, Ann Smith and talented young students from Peter Symonds College to complete the piece. The team met every Wednesday and worked on the installation in the atrium of the Theatre Royal, Winchester where it now hangs.
While many artists routinely collaborate in their working lives (musicians, actors, dancers), this is less common in the visual arts. The artists working on the Gathered Memories installation all enjoyed the collaborative and social aspects of the project. The opportunity to share the development of the piece with fellow artists, from tea dyeing the fabrics on a wet and windy winter’s day
through the stitching phase and the trepidation of the assembly and installation was a rare and much appreciated pleasure.
The participating artists have all produced work on the theme of memory for this exhibition and this work is also on show in the Theatre Royal, Winchester. The exhibition runs until 31 May 2013.
Hampshire based artist Lynette Long has an interest in depicting the human form. She has a large family which she uses to draw inspiration from. Working intuitively without a preconceived idea of the end result, Lynette lets the medium she is working with help to evolve the piece – this keeps her work fresh and original.
Following on from a cold and snowy four days at the Birmingham NEC last weekend, the group are now busy getting their work together for our Hanger Farm exhibition which starts next week. As a taster of what to expect, here is a piece of work from Nicky Blake taken at the recent ICHF show.
Captivated by the outstanding beauty of the Solent coastline and ancient woodlands of the New Forest, Nicky is constantly thrilled and challenged to create Art that reflects her passion for our natural world.
Since completing the Foundation Degree in Stitched Textiles in 2012, Nicky is now studying for a Diploma in Stained Glass and Fusing Glass Techniques at the Creative Glass Guild in Bristol.
Day 2 of the ICHF is now over but with two more days left to go, there is plenty of time left for you to come and visit us at Stand N18. Here is a taster of what to expect.
We are very excited to be exhibiting at Hanger Farm during April. This arts centre is based in Totton in Southampton within a unique Grade II listed 18th century converted barn and is Totton College’s performing arts facility and professional community arts venue.
“To encapsulate the idea of moving on from the graduate show, the underlying concept of this series of work is growth and the generation of new ideas. The machine embroidery is based on personal designs created with graphics software and translated into unique pieces in digital stitch, often with added hand embroidery and embellishment.” Elizabeth Randall
Since completing her Foundation Degree, Sue Fish has been exploring street maps for inspiration ~ particularly medieval street patterns within walled towns such as Chichester in Sussex, and Mdina in Malta. She enlarges the street map and develops the pattern with free machine embroidery.
Sue is still attending Eastleigh College for Contemporary Textile workshops and Red Hot Press in Southampton for printing sessions.