This week I went to the inspiring PRISM exhibition at the Mall Galleries. Unfortunately, there was no late night opening so I had to rush round during my lunch break and so I wasn't able to spend as much time there as I would have liked. However, the exhibition was excellent and I'm very glad that I did go and if you didn't get there you missed a treat. I bought a photographic permit but unfortunately I had to sign that I would not publish my photographs in any form. I'm assuming that this includes publishing on this blog, which is a shame.
I was looking forward to seeing Gina Ferrari's Art in a (telephone) box in the exhibition. I have seen pictures of the work on her blog but there is nothing like seeing work in the flesh. It really is very clever the way the people 'emerge' from the lace. Hanging the work in a telephone box is eye catching, dramatic and great for the subject matter.
For some time now I have harboured the desire to create a textile piece using the kantha technique and I was reminded and encouraged by the pieces Dorothy Tucker and Marilyn Carter had in the exhibition. I think one of my 'whispers' pieces will be based on this technique but as it all has to be kept secret I can't say which one!
I also went to the BA degree show at the University of Hertfordshire and there was a huge amount of work to see, including some nice textile related work. I didn't take any photographs but below are links to two of the students work.
I liked the style of the images Nina Ennis created on canvas. She had also added fabric to the canvas, in the style of rag rug making and it was very effective. Leanne Eastick had created a number of felt vessels which were white on the outside and black on the inside. The monochrome colour scheme and the repetition of the vessels made it very pleasing display.