Catherine Harpers reflective essay ‘Lucy Brown: “Secrets She Keeps from Herself”’ has been published in the Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice. Routledge Taylor and Francis Group. 2019
Catherine Harpers’ ABSTRACT explains….
“An interview in 2015 with artist Lucy Brown in her Brighton studio gave rise in due course to this reflective essay. In it I consider the particular moment of meeting, capturing that in text, before Brown was required to move to a different studio space and adopt a different way of thinking and working. Essentially, this text is about that moment, and my cerebral and visceral response to an artist in her seemingly natural environment articulating her concerns and obsessions, rather than a holistic and overarching analysis of Brown’s oeuvre. KEYWORDS: Spider, woven, embodied, female, vintage, intimate” Catherine Harper (2019): Lucy Brown: “Secrets She Keeps from Herself”, Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice, DOI: 10.1080/20511787.2018.1553763
After 20 months of sharing a studio at Phoenix Brighton I now finally have my own studio space ! Have spent the last couple of weeks sanding, filling, cleaning and painting ceiling, walls and floor and now can finally get things and loom set up and get on with some work…. !
Ctrl/Shift takes shifts and changes as its theme, in particular it is centred on artists whose practice is or has transformed, in small or large ways, especially towards expressions of innovation in textile art.
The Private View for Ctrl/Shift on 1st Feb 2019 6 – 8pm is part of NCCD’s ‘Celebration of Textiles’ Fri 1 Feb – Sun 3 Feb. All welcome and all events are drop-in, no need to book.
My works ‘Total Support’ and ‘Lippy, Excess, Unruly’ will be on display there.
Exciting news as Ctrl/Shift; New Directions in Textile Art Exhibition is to tour! The next confirmed venue is The National Centre for Craft & Design NCCD in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. 1st February – 21 April 2019. Further venues to be announced. Lucy Browns’ Artworks ‘Total Support; Lippy; Excess; Unruly’ are part of the Exhibition.
The Exhibition takes shifts and changes as its theme, in particular it is centred on artists whose practice is or has transformed, in small or large ways, especially towards expressions of innovation in textile art. These shifts may be around changing attitudes to control; the introduction of new materials and techniques; and/or the impact of innovative ideas and evolving technologies.
Ctrl/Shift; New Directions in Textile Art is A 62 Group Exhibition in partnership with independent curator Liz Cooper and mac Birmingham.
The National Centre for Craft and DesignNavigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7TW http://nccd.org.uk/
Photos of Cntrl/Shift installed at MAC Birmingham Summer 2018
Earlier this year my work ‘the secrets we keep from ourselves…’was installed in Lord Byron’s Dressing Room at his ancestral home, Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire. The work was part of the ‘Lace Unveiled’ exhibition 10 March – 22 April 2018. This is the first time ‘the secrets we keep from ourselves….’ was installed solely by The Nottingham Museums Team since the work was acquisition into Nottingham’s Textile Art Collection in 2016.
It’s not often an artist get the opportunity to reflect on their own public artist talk, but taking part in Phoenix Spotlight allowed me to not only reflect on my practice, but also on how I talk about my work, thanks to a review on Phoenix Spotlight event by Jake Francis for The Verse.
I have to admit I was more nervous than usual, and after a few conversations after the event understood this to be because I was presenting on home ground and to other Phoenix Artists and Staff, which made the event intimate and a space to bare all. I could not tell you what I said during the 45 minuet talk about my practice, but gauging from the lovely audiences response to Tom Heatleys’ and my own talks, as well as Jake Francis review, it seems the event went well.
Thank you to everyone who came along and to the Phoenix Spotlight organisers for making it a nurturing and supportive event.