The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Sunday, October 26, 2014


Blackwell the Arts and Crafts House exhibits works by four artists made from natural materials
Jo McDonald, Short Stories, 2009.
CUMBRIA.- The exhibits in Woven from Nature are – literally – just that. This exhibition brings together four contemporary artist-craftswomen whose work is either entirely or partially woven and which has the ‘common thread’ of being made from natural materials: wool, cotton, willow, paper and vellum. This is a show that brings together traditional and contemporary practice in the most exciting ways.

Two established leaders in their respective fields, basket-weaver Mary Butcher and tapestry weaver Jilly Edwards, have each nominated a fellow maker working within the same discipline, whose work may not yet be as well-known as their own. It makes for a show in which experience has informed the curatorial approach, and which offers an fascinating breadth of work.

Jilly Edwards trained at West of England College of Art in Bristol, and the Edinburgh College of Art Tapestry Department; she has since taught, published and exhibited widely. Jilly is now based in Devon, where the landscape plays a key role in her work. She creates tapestries that manifest an abstract evocation of nature and landscape in which narratives are told through the painterly use of colour, and texture, rather than words. They represent the distillation of her emotions, memories and responses to places which have a particular resonance for her, or to journeys through nature and landscape.

Jilly’s ‘nominee’ is Jo McDonald, who also trained in tapestry at Edinburgh College of Art and exhibits regularly. Her work is concerned with the story-telling aspects of history and the way in which it changes with each re-telling. Using second-hand books, newspapers and journals she takes on the role of ‘editor’ in recycling them. She deconstructs the printed material and weaves it into tapestries and structures that will take on a new history.

Mary Butcher trained under traditional basketmakers and within a formal framework at the London College of Furniture. She has travelled widely, acquiring knowledge about techniques and materials from Europe and beyond. She teaches at West Dean College and exhibits internationally, and in 2009 was the Crafts Council Designer in Residence at the V&A. Recently she has developed a series of wall pieces, or ‘wall drawings’, fragile constructions combining different materials such as willow and vellum. Smaller-scale examples of these, developed for the Blackwell exhibition, will be on display.

Maggie Smith, nominated by Mary Butcher, trained at City Lit., London. Her work is inspired by her passion for the heritage of traditional craftsmanship and love of natural materials. The starting-point for many of her pieces is a found object, around which she builds a form, often using natural materials from the same location. This element of chance enables her to explore the possibilities of these often unconventional materials, such as seaweed, bark or pebbles.

These four makers have very different approaches, and the exhibition sheds light on their working methods by including preparatory work such as designs and sketchbooks.





Today's News

March 5, 2012

Auckland Art Gallery opens outstanding exhibition of international Modern masters

Exhibition of two hundred photographs by Diane Arbus opens at Fotomuseum Winterthur

The Robert Ellsworth Collection to be offered at Christie's New York Asian Art Week

Maryland photographer, Stan Stearns, who shot famous John F. Kennedy Jr. photo dead at 76

Les Enluminures gallery announces exhibition of the history of rings in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

At a news conference, families oppose 9/11 remains at memorial museum in New York

The Antagonist: Sanam Khatibi, Daniel Medina, and Jamie Shovlin exhibit at waterside contemporary

The Hague Museum of Photography is first museum to exhibit a survey of Pieter Hugo's work

Overgaden Institute for Contemporary Art presents Ebbe Stub Wittrup: The Voice of Things

Renowned Spanish Architect Rafael Moneo to receive prestigious Thomas Jefferson Foundation Award

PRISM presents Miss You by Brazilian artists Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo: Os Gemeos

Blackwell the Arts and Crafts House exhibits works by four artists made from natural materials

British artist Alice Channer creates an installation of entirely new works at South London Gallery

Laura Bartlett Gallery presents the work of Nina Beier in the exhibition Shirts vs Skins

The consequences of our desires: Bellevue Arts Museum presents Dirk Staschke's first solo exhibition

Mad. Sq. Art announces interactive, large-scale, mixedmedia installation by artist Charles Long

The Corning Museum of Glass launches new website

Detroit Institute of Arts reaches 100,000 Facebook fans milestone

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Image of a Christ without a beard, short hair and wearing a toga unearthed in Spain

2.- Giant mosaic unearthed in mysterious tomb in Amphipolis in northern Macedonia

3.- Bonhams sale of 18th century French decorative arts to benefit Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

4.- Paris flustered by erection of 'sex-toy' sculpture; Paul McCarthy slapped by a passer-by

5.- High art or vile pornography? Marquis de Sade explored in Orsay museum exhibition

6.- 'Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection' opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7.- Greek culture minister says Elgin Marbles return a matter of 'global heritage'

8.- Vandals deflate Paris 'sex-toy' sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy after outrage

9.- Exhibition at National Gallery in London explores Rembrandt's final years of painting

10.- 'Hans Memling: A Flemish Renaissance' opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site