Ctrl/Shift Exhibition

Ctrl/Shift New Directions in Textile Art

A touring exhibition from the 62 Group in partnership with MAC Birmingham.

Ctrl/Shift now continues its tour to The National Centre for Craft & Design (NCCD) in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. 2 February – 22 Apr 2019.

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.

Hope you can get along.

 

 

Ctrl/Shift; New Directions in Textile Art Touring 2019 onwards !

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

And my next Exhibition is…..

I am delighted to be exhibiting work in

‘Ctrl/Shift. New Directions in Textile Art’ A 62 Group of Textile Artists Exhibition

21 July –  9 Sept 2018

MAC Birmingham

First Floor Gallery

Cannon Hill Park

Birmingham

B12 9QH

0121 446 3232

Tuesday – Sunday (including Bank Holiday Mondays): 11am – 5pm

Free admission

 

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. 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.

The exhibition concept has been developed in partnership with the 62 Group and independent curator Liz Cooper.

A couple of flirts to tempt you….

Total Support by Lucy Brown. Detail. Photo Credit; Yeshen Venema ©

Unruly by Lucy Brown. Detail. Photo credit; Alison Bettles ©

 

For further information please visit –

https://macbirmingham.co.uk/exhibition/ctrl-shift

http://www.62group.org.uk/

https://lizcooper.org/

East Sussex Open 2016 – Open !

The Towner Art Gallery’s East Sussex Open Exhibition 2016 opens today. My work ‘All at Sea’ is part of this exhibition and I attended the private view summer party event last night. What a great evening – Thank you Towner Art Gallery for another splendid opening.

This year ‘East Sussex Open’ brings together a diverse range of works by 70 East Sussex Artists, which were selected by a judging panel consisting of by Jenni Lomax, Director, Camden Arts Centre, Brian Cass, Towners’ Head of Exhibitions and Melanie Manchot, Artist. For the first time the Exhibition is presented the Towners’ Second Floor Galleries. On the ground and first for galleries there are two other major exhibitions; ‘Some Are Nights Others Stars’ an international group show, in full Towner Art Gallery style and ‘David Bomberg: A Sense of Place’. All three Exhibitions are free entry. ‘David Bomberg: A Sense of Place continues until 11th September. ‘Some Are Nights Others Stars’ and East Sussex Open 2016 continue until 25th September.

For full details for a great day out at one of the South Easts’ most prestigious and inclusive art venues please visit http://townereastbourne.org.uk it is well worth the visit!

‘All at Sea’ is a site Specific work originally made for and exhibited on the Ross Tiger fishing Trawler, Grimsby in 2014 for The 62 Group of Textile Artists Exhibition ‘Ebb & Flow’. Being selected for the Towner’s Art Gallery’s ‘East Sussex Open’ 2016 gives the work its debut in a Gallery Context. Further information about this work is on this blog and at http://www.axisweb.org/artist/lucybrown

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Above – ‘All at Sea’ Detail. by Lucy Brown. Photographer credit; David Ramakalawon

Woven Hair Works in ‘Making Space’. A 62 Group Exhibition at the Silk Museum Macclesfield

My work; ‘Ladies Companions’ will be part of the forthcoming 62 Groups’ Summer Exhibition; ‘Making Space’ 17th June – 3rd September 2016 at The Silk Museum in Macclesfield. The exhibition is shaping up to be as diverse in response to its theme, ‘Making Space’, as well as in media and approach. As listed in the Macclesfield Barnaby Festival brochure;

‘Making Space’, the latest exhibition from the internationally renowned 62 Group of Textiles Artists, investigates spaces small and large; interior and exterior; personal and public; intimate and interstellar’. P22 Macclesfield Barnaby Festival 2016

‘Making Space’ private view will be on Friday 17th June 6pm – 8.30pm at the Silk Museum. Park Lane. Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6TJ. Please see links for further details about visiting & opening times.

The Silk Museum and Macclesfield town are a real delight, well worth a visit for anyone with an interest in textile, history, material and making.

http://www.silkmacclesfield.org.uk/

http://www.62group.org.uk/

https://barnabyfestival.org.uk/

‘Ladies Companions’ - detail by Lucy Brown ‘Ladies Companions’ - detail by L. Brown

above; ‘Ladies Companions’ – details

Materials; Human hair, vintage sewing tools and silk hosiery mending thread.

Consisting of six woven hair mementos, ‘Ladies Companions’ sets the scene for a sewing and mending ‘making space’. Hair and sewing tools have a long history of being used in religious, superstition and sentimental roles. Women have been known to use their own hair to mend her own silk hosiery.

 

 

 

‘All at Sea’ in situ – on-board The Ross Tiger Trawler, Grimsby until 2nd November 2014

Vintage suits used; Navy wool and polyester St Michaels – Pale blue linen, wool mix Fox of London – Green cotton velvet Burtons – Pure wool tweed Hardy Amies.

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‘All at Sea’. 2014 Site specific work for The Ross Tiger Trawler, Grimsby.

‘All at Sea’ consists of four mock fishermen’s kit bags, reconstructed from men’s vintage suit jackets. These kits bags are placed on-board the Ross Tiger, within the fishermen’s sleeping quarters, below deck, using existing hooks and rails. The original construction of each suit jacket has been used as much as possible. Where this has not been possible reconstruction and re-stitching mimics’ original tailored jacket pattern construction and stitching.

In context, the kit bags act as links between the Grimsby fishermen’s very different shore and sea lives, drawing on the deckhands tradition of wearing their ‘coming on board’ and ‘going ashore’ suits. Grimsby fishermen’s Kit bags were taken on and off the trawlers after three days on land or three weeks at sea. Nicknamed the ‘three day millionaires’, Grimsby fishermen shopped in Freeman Street – known as Fishermen’s High Street – where there were tailors such as Gerald Baileys, John Collier, Alexanders and Burtons; and high street department shops like Marks and Spencer’s and Woolworths. ‘All at Sea’ uses vintage jackets from Burtons and Marks & Spencers, once in Freeman Street and also from tailors Fox and Hardy Amies, London, as the ‘three day millionaires’ would have been able to afford these brands. Like tailoring, fishing is a skilled job, just as working the ship is a skilled job.

Kit Bags carried personal items and up to four changes of clothing. As men were frequently unable to wash, a change of clothes was as good as it got. The amount of times they got changed depended on what type of trip it was. On a not so good trip, then as many times as they could – On a good trip, may not bother! Young lads hung around the quayside to carry the men’s kit bags from the taxi onto ship and from ship to taxi. The three weeks at sea and three days ashore could make for an unsettled existence. The kit bags become a metaphor for the ongoing fisherman’s transition between sea and land life.

The Ross Tiger herself holds and preserves the nostalgia for the Grimsby fishing industry.

All at Sea. A site specific work made for The Ross Tiger Trawler

A series of mock ‘sea bags’, reconstructed from men’s vintage suit jackets. In context placed around The Ross Tiger, the bags act as links between the Grimsby fishermen’s very different shore and sea lives, drawing on the deckhands tradition of wearing their ‘coming on board’ and ‘going ashore’ suits.

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Materials used; Suit jackets; (including Burtons and Hardy Amies), eyelets. nylon cord.

techniques: unpicked, deconstructed, reconstructed, re-stitched, reclaimed.

Photographers credit – David Ramkalawon

All at Sea is currently in situ on the Tiger Ross. Part of Ebb and Flow, a 62 Group exhibition until 2nd November 2014