At the beginning of July 2015 I visited Prague for the opening night of Memory of Textile at S.V.U. Manes Gallery Diamant. Where the second leg of the 17th Mini Textiles exhibition was being held.
I travelled to Bratislava for the opening ceremony of the 17th mini textiles exhibition at Umelka Bratislava. Excited to see my work in an exhibition with other exhibiting artists!
A fantastic exhibition with a wide range of responses to the title ‘Memory’.
I was so excited to find my piece of work in the students area of the exhibition.
Whilst browsing the OCA student forums I came across a post by Sandra Flower with a link to a request for submissions for the 17th International mini textiles exhibition. The theme was ‘memory of textile’ and after reading through the submission requirements I felt that my Bodmin prison piece would fit the criteria. I felt that it is good to experience for me, as part of developing towards an artist, to builds up some experience.
Last weekend I heard that my piece of work has been accepted for the exhibition along with 26 other artists. The exhibition will start in Bratislava on the 3rd June and will then move to Prague on 1st July. I have booked flights and a hotel so that I can attend the opening ceremony on the 3rd June in Bratislava.
This such an exciting opportunity at this stage of my work and does also make me feel much more confident of the question ‘Is this textiles’!
Many people will question whether these ceramic pieces could be considered textile art.
I would argue that they are. These are remnants of a textile item, with the project being based on rope as a significant part of the story. The final outcome is not made from traditional textile materials but the essence of rope remains with the fibres and texture imprinted within the clay.
Perhaps Mixed Media Textiles would be a more accurate description?
I have now collected my pieces from the City of Oxford College after a long wait over the Christmas break. I am so excited and so pleased with the outcome. The rope texture is especially clear with the help of the iron oxide. They have a really strong sense of being precious, fragile relics.
During the firing of the previous samples I thought I would experiment with one of the more bowl like samples. I want to create a rough mock up with a white glaze inside and an oxide coloured outside just to get a good basic feel for the potential outcome.
I am so pleased that I thought to quickly do this test. It does now give me a good idea of the potential outcome and I am so excited to see what the finished pieces look like now!