On October 21st, I visited the Vancouver Art Gallery to meet with fellow artist, Anni Hunt, to browse the new events coming to the gallery. This is a huge gallery located in the middle of Vancouver in a large heritage building. It comes complete with a superb coffee shop, gift shop and multiple concurrent shows. They were just setting up a huge show for Charles Edenshaw who was a premier native artist who lived and produced varied beautiful works in the 19th and 20th centuries. Unfortunately it opens on the same day that we return to England but will be well worth the effort to see as it runs until February 2nd, 2014. We had sneak peeks while they were setting it up.
What we did see was a show by Korean textile artist, Kimsooja. She has used old wearables including old silk pieces, for many of her displays along with many of her stitched works. We took a couple of photos of one of her display rooms along with an explanation of ‘bottari’ as shown below.
After spending so much of the summer travelling to teach and seeing so much of other cultures and learning about other artists it is nice to be back home.The final arrangements are in place for bringing the Dutch felting groups exhibition over to Farfield Mill the same place I have my studio so be nice to share coffee if any members make it up to Cumbria next Spring .
This artist I heard about and find her work fascinating and very candid see what you think
See what she does with grapefruit skins
Spent 3 hours so far today giving each and every Uk member a page of their own on the SDA uk blog
I wonder what will happen to all these pristine blank pages will members fill them with news and imagery and all the exciting things that happen in the life of a Surface Design Artist or will the UK have the largest blog devoid of any work,we will see.
I decided to challenge myself as I like to do every so often and take an online course slightly to the side of what I normally work on,embroidery is no stranger but it is a while since I learnt new things.
Karen Ruane http://www.karenruane.blogspot.co.uk/ is the best in the business and runs an awesome online classroom,so off I went.
I am in the middle of lots of work both for myself for my students inmy own online Nunofelt course at http://workshops-online.co.uk
getting ready for teaching in Fano and Italy and Belgium this summer,so lots to do without adding more in. In my opinion this is when we are k/at our most receptive to new things and it works for me
Why would you turn down free links,publicity for your work etc
The SDAUK blog is looked at by a lot of people but they must think we only have 3 members!
PLEASE email details to add to YOUR page on the blog
Image,website,classes you deliver etc,bolg address
The blog is only as good as what you help it to be
My last commission came via this blog!!
Hi well Summer is here again and I cannot believe it is nearly a year since I made a plea to SDA UKmembers to send work in to be uploaded or simply give permission for page to be opened in your name to have your links on to blogs websites etc
Our UK branch is proving very very hard to get off the ground and nobody seems to want to do anything or meet etc what else can we do, what would you like to participate in,our American and Canadian cousins must think we are very apathetic over here.
There are now 3 authors to the blog so hopefully we will see more articles coming forth.
Enjoy summer do use your blog please
I’d like to invite you all to join in my debate….
Studio ‘v’ Online learning
- Online workshops are possibly cheaper that studio workshops – less travel & accommodation costs
- If you can’t travel for what ever reason, you don’t need to miss out
- You can access information at your convenience & fit it in around your schedule
- There’s no need to feel intimidated by an experienced group when your learning a new skill
- There’s time to repeat and go back over exercises to improve & refine [studio workshops can e be time limiting]
- You can be part of an international online community of creative peers through the workshops groups and blogs
- It’s the kick start you need to set up your own bit of workspace and identify some creative time
- Using your own studio/space means you can entwine workshop ideas with your current work: I recently had a weaver on my online screen print course – she was able to print directly on to her warps!
- Having just experienced the ‘energy’ created at the Textile Forums in Australia and New Zealand, can you really recreated that through a computer screen?
- The power of Textiles and it’s processes can be ‘felt’ through a group sitting round stitching/knitting/printing and nattering…
- You need to create your own workspace, have your own tools and bits of equipment
- Insufficient explanation in the workshop information – maybe you’re left confused, you need a feedback mechanism; some online courses don’t offer this.
- Some courses are downloadable PDF’s of text and step by step images, some audio over photographs, others are videos [and the quality does vary!] We all learn in different ways: some of us are visual learners, some auditory, most of us are kinaesthetic which means we learn through watching/listening and trying it for ourselves. Does the workshop input cater for all these modes of understanding? [it does vary considerably and you need to check whats best for you]
- Anybody with some computer savvy could throw a workshop onto the web…but are they really a decent teacher? Good tutors have taught their courses in a studio scenario first and understand student development
- What about the stuff you don’t know you need to know or ask about?? The incidental conversations that happen over coffee breaks…
Thank you! Dionne Swift, Textile Artist and Tutor
Can we make something like this happen here in the UK
If we want to we can
I shall email every member and try to get a response from every member
DO YOU WANT THIS TO HAPPEN HERE.?
well the light has gone out and it is all over but we have been left legacy and memory.
Kim one of our members visited the Heatherwick Studio in London and allowed me to repost her report here for all on SDA.
As Kim was dicovering this I was busy being excited by another UK artist just emerging who is doing fabulous work with metal
more to follow on this report and imagery as I managed to get to see a full exhibition of the artists work up in Sunderland .
This is not another cry of support urging on our Olympic athletes, though Thomas Heatherwick’s breathtaking Olympic cauldron certainly helped set the tone for British achievements at London 2012 (and you can see one of the copper petals close-up at the exhibition).
What I found so stimulating about the exhibition is the Heatherwick approach of starting from the bottom up: experimenting with materials and engineering techniques to see how far they can be pushed, and then finding ways of scaling them up or recreating their forms, often in other materials.
So the Paternoster ventilation ducts were inspired by folding a sheet of A4 paper into isosceles triangles – and then scaling this up to 11 metres of steel (there’s a video of Heatherwick folding the paper in the exhibition).
Paternoster vents (image by antgirl/Flickr)
And a Shingon-hu Buddhist temple in Japan was based on the folds and creases of a rubberised material, while the facade of the Sheung Wan Hotel in Hong Kong resembles a pile of boxes stacked on top of each other.
The extraordinary Bleigiessen sculpture in the Wellcome Trust involved recreating the shape of a molten metal fragment cooled in water, using 150,000 individual glass beads suspended on nearly a million metres of stainless steel wire.
Bleigiessen sculpture (image by Matt from London/Flickr)
Expansion is another theme, from Longchamp’s zip bags, which can be unzipped to grow to twice their size, to furniture that is constructed using a similar pivot mechanism to a garden trellis. And of course there’s the famous Rolling Bridge in Paddington Basin, which curls up into a wheel when boats need to get past.
Rolling Bridge (image by Loz Flowers/Flickr)
In short, this is an exhibition fizzing with inventive ideas, pushed by curiosity about “What if?”.
And don’t miss the chance to have a go in a Spun chair before leaving!
Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary runs at the Victoria & Albert Museum until 30 September.
We are so blessed here in the UK and now a BRAND NEW STUDIO TO PLAY IN
I am going to just copy and paste all this because I cannot say it better and also to say a big Thank you to see this forward thinking duo
providing us with this venue to learn in —Brilliant —-Jealous –yes