A world away from the masks I have been making, these colourful experiments represent the freedom to create without any purpose other than creating.
The winners of the Young Open Art Competition came to the Main Gallery at the Black Swan on Saturday 22nd March for a special preview and to meet the competition judges, Mayor of Frome Dickon Moore, renowned artist Mark Karasick and Sinead Foley, the creator of the shop Seed.
The review also includes a mention of my work and coming from such a well respected publication, that is high praise indeed!
A quote from the article: “This exhibition explores the possibilities of felt as a three-dimensional medium. There is no stitching involved; these are surprisingly contemporary sulptural, constructed works that can be unsettling in the relationship between form and material, while others are breathtaking in their technical brilliance.
Some days later and completely out of the blue, I received word they had written a review of my work for their website.
Its exciting to receive some recognition for my work from outside the world of felt, as the medium still largely occupies a a ‘craft’ niche. Nothing wrong with that in itself, but for someone who would like felt to become more accepted as a credible medium within the visual arts market, this is good news.
A former run-down bargain store waiting to be transformed into a restaurant with accomodation above, for now the space is filling with little shops and creative types.
Black Sheep curator Laura Mabbutt, says:
“I hope this exhibition will give this unique and versatile medium the accolades it deserves as well as those working within the medium, and will highlight the many contemporary applications of this ancient material beyond its stereotypical ‘fuzzy felt’ reputation.
Much to my delight, some lovely little prints and subtle surprises revealed themselves. I am excited to start turning these little samples into something new now…
The pods are shown suspended in the side window of OWL (a collective of six artists and makers) where my work is permanently on display. If you happen to be in the area, pop in to say hello!
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Since attending Fabienne Dorsman-Rey’s eco-printing workshop in the New Forest last month I haven’t had much time to practice all that I’ve learned, so it was with much joy that I set to.