Three wonderful books charting the journey through the residency from the Z-Twist Artists.
We opened our Z Twist exhibition at the Pink Cabbage Gallery in Stroud on Saturday 31st May. It was a great relief to finally see the work in situ’ and the long wall I used, created exactly the right effect. It was amazing to see how each of us had used a dominant grey and even though our work was very different, the greys created a strong connection between us, which really seemed to pull the whole exhibition together.
The following is from my information panel at the exhibition:
” Z Twist has meant a Stroud residency for Lucy, an area and town previously unknown to her and therefore an exciting opportunity for a new voyage of discovery. She quickly ascertained Stroud’s rich woollen heritage and began experimenting with methods of felting starting with locally sourced fleeces. Her industry partner WSP, who manufacture high quality billiard table and tennis ball cloth, have been a key influence in her work for Z Twist. Through guided visits to their mills at Cam and Stroud and supplying the materials for the project, Lucy says “their support has been brilliant”. As a way of expressing her merging ideas she has created an experimental group of objects related to a theme based around the idea of cogs, wheels, war and industry. The theme has been developed through making observations, collecting information about the woollen industry in Stroud and Somerset, and investigation into the processes and methods of felting. The forms she has created are characteristically organic and careful use has been of the strong colours from her industry partner.”
Our exhibition at the Pink Cabbage Gallery, Stroud is now open.
Here’s a glimpse of the final work I have on show and snippets from my statement to give you all the full round up……
After viewing many historic textile collections early in the Z Twist residency, Debbie’s attention was drawn to traditional samplers and their verses. By removing these verses from their traditional framework and presenting them in a contemporary way, these historic words can be perceived in a new light. A select few feature in her horse hair embroideries for their witty nuances regarding time……..
Staple mended ceramics is an art of inventive repair at its best. This porcelain collection is inspired by the aesthetics of this traditional repair technique, combining horsehair, metal and ceramic to achieve unusual marks and beautiful imperfections. Still work in progress yet they can also be referred to as samplers. Traditionally, young girls completed embroidery and darning samplers to learn the basics of forming letters, needlework and mending textiles. Debbie may not have created samplers in the traditional sense yet she have created them for the same reason; to teach herself new skills
If you can’t make the exhibition in Stroud, the full show will be travelling to Taunton in July.
You can find us in the Genesis Centre at Somerset College from the 11th-18th July
If this all tickles your fancy, why not attend The Make, Create, Cultivate Symposium on the 12th & 13th July…
(photos by Zac Mead)