After 16 creative years at Robertson Yard Studios, I have now re-located studio to Phoenix Brighton.There are over 100 artists based at phoenix Brighton from a range of different practices, along with a Gallery and Education programme…. I am really looking forward to getting involved with this unique community of Artists. https://www.phoenixbrighton.org
Photos below are from packing up at Robertson Yard…
Packing up Raw Material Archives at Robertson Yard
Eager Scaffold Loom – covered, preparing for dismantling
Eager Loom – Still standing at Robertson Yard
Pulling up studio carpet at Robertson Yard to reveal 2001 newspaper underneath
Brighton Argus newspaper 24th May 2001 (Mainly black and white!), found underneath studio carpet at Robertson Yard.
Studio Carpet up
Eager Loom ready to be dismantled at Robertson Yard
I am really so pleased to announce that ‘The Self Skins’ (1-8) have now returned back home to Goldsmiths, University of London and are now part of Goldsmiths Textile Collection, Special Collections & Archives, based in the Constance Howard Gallery, Goldsmiths Deptford Town Hall Building, London. http://www.gold.ac.uk/textile-collection/
‘The Self Skins’ were my final works for my Goldsmiths 1995 Textile degree show. These nine works have been exhibited and published extensively post-degree show, including in Crafts Magazine, Flexible 2; Netherlands Textile Museum & European Tour, Observer magazine and Bankfield Museum UK.
Along with Self Skins 1-8,‘A Chain of Being’, a framed work on paper, has also been handed over the Goldsmiths Textiles Collection. ‘Self Skin 9’is part of The Private Art Collection of Rose Knox-Peebles. ‘A Chain of Being’ was one of three Self Skin works on paper also part of my Goldsmiths 1995 Textile degree show.
I am very delighted that my work ‘Wedding Cage’ has a new home within the Crafts Council Collection, London. Other supporting work, Ring-a-ring-a-roses – and Wedding Cages’ Cast-offs (in four parts) have also been housed there.
Wedding Cage is woven from two polyester, nylon hand/home-made 1970’s Wedding Dresses. The work was originally commissioned and made for the ‘Lookout’ 1998 exhibition programme, supported by Waterstones Bookshop, Brighton and Thames & Hudson publishers. The exhibition space was Waterstones shop window, formally in North Street Brighton.
Following the works’ debut ‘Lookout’ exhibition Wedding Cage has been exhibited extensively in a range of solo and group exhibitions, nationally and internationally, including ‘Out of the Closet’, Sotheby’s London UK. ‘The Unexpected’, Sotheby’s New York, USA (both curated by Janice Blackburn). ‘The Absent Wearer’, University of Essex Gallery, UK. ‘Intimate Foundations’ (My first major touring Solo Exhibition) UK venues, ‘Brighton Fringe Festival 1999’, ‘Talente 2000’. Handwerkskammer; Munchen. ‘Woken with a Kiss’. Hastings Museum and Art Gallery UK and ‘Merging Cultures, Merging Arts’, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands.
Images – top left; Wedding Cage. (photo credit Bob Curtis)
Thank you so very much to Debbie Hillyerd (Head of Education; Hauser & Wirth Somerset ) for arranging such a great ‘Art Work – An insight into the world of Textiles’ event at Hauser & Wirth Somerset yesterday afternoon. Such a treat to see the three other practitioners present their work and an opportunity to have some informal conversations with young adults considering a creative career. Was made to feel very welcome by Debbie and her team, enjoyed seeing the current Louise Bourgeois exhibition, ‘Turning Inwards’ as well as being quite in-ore of Hauser & Wirth Somerset; One of the best and forward thinking Art centres I have visited.
I am delighted to be taking part in ‘Art Work – An insight into the world of Textiles’ at Hauser & Wirth Somerset on Friday 18th November 2016. This is an afternoon event aimed at young people post 16 who are interested in finding out about career opportunities in art and design. For further information and booking please visit;
A sad time for England’s’ high street – BHS’s closure takes with it many jobs, a brand identity and an archive of a British retail business dating back to 1928. When I was little, I remember being taken on shopping trips on the bus along the sea front into Worthing with my Nan, ‘Nanny Brown’ (my Dads Mum). We would go into BHS and my Nanny Brown would buy me matching vest and knickers which would have an animal on the front…. the kitten ones seem to have stuck in my head.
I have quite a few pieces of second hand BHS clothing in my own archives of raw materials. Some of these clothes I have used in past works and some I may keep as part of my own archive collection.
The work ‘S-t-r-e-t-c-h’ which I made in 1999 was woven from a size 12 British Home Stores (BHS) Polyester full petticoat, which I bought in a Brighton charity shop and had been hand dyed. Acting as a vertebra, the black lace running the full length of the petticoat became the focus of the work.
‘S-t-r-e-t-c-h’ was exhibited in group and solo exhibitions including ‘Out of the Closet’ 2000 Sothebys London and ‘Intimate Foundations’, 2000-01, first touring solo exhibition. The work was purchased back in 2001 by the former South East Art Collection, now Brighton & Hove Museums Collection.
I am really so pleased to announce that ‘the secrets we keep from ourselves…’ (tswkfo) is now all safely in the store of Nottingham City Museums Art Textile Collection. This is to be the works’ new home. It has taken me a while to stabilize and prepare the work ready for its departure and to complete a 200 plus page document of installment guidelines and image library to support future installs of the work.
‘the secrets we keep from ourselves’ joins The Brides Clothes, The Brides Clothes Underwear, The Brides Clothes Wedding Album (2000-01), Squeeze (1999), Petti-fur-coat (1999) and Odd one out (2000), all part of Nottingham City Museums Contemporary Art Textile Collection.
My thanks to the team at Nottingham Museums for all their continued support, patience and assistance getting the tswkfo to it new home.