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Challenging The Boundaries Between Fine Art And Making

Textile Symposium &

Exhibition


7 Strands Textile Symposium

Lunch : 1 pm to 1.45 pm (approx.)

Tuesday 12 July 2011 : 9.30 am to 4.45 pm

Break for buffet lunch at Gate Gallery, Grimsby

Grimsby Minster

Please note: If you have any special dietary requirements please bring a packed lunch which you will be able to eat at Gate Gallery.

St James’ Square Grimsby DN31 1EP

Afternoon (part 1) : Talk : 2.15 pm to 3.15 pm Morning : Workshop : 9.30 am to 1pm Tilleke Schwarz Telling your own story The purpose of this half day workshop is to enjoy the adventure of designing while working resulting in inspiration (and a design) for a new work. The focus of the workshop is on telling your own story. As a technique we mainly will use collage on paper as this is a fast technique. It allows everyone to try out new ideas, even if one does not have a drawing skill. A bit of time will be spend on Tilleke’s favourite embroidery technique (couching) and we will practise different ways to use it and even for texts. Tilleke’s main technique is hand embroidery but it is perfectly all right to incorporate other (textile) technique like appliqué and drawing in your work. Materials for the workshop Everyone needs simple, basic material for the workshop: ǷǷA few pieces of white paper to work on (approximate size 50 to 70cms ) ǷǷSome glossy magazines for collage ǷǷSome glue and some basic drawing equipment (felt markers or simple pencils are fine). If you do not have drawing material, borrow a bit from your (grand) children. It does not need to be very fancy. ǷǷEveryone needs to bring a small piece of cloth and a few threads for practising the stitching and of course scissors, needles and pins etc. Some basic materials will be provided but if you do have your own favourites please feel free to bring them.

Lucy Brown Other Peoples Clothes Lucy Brown will discuss the works presented in Seven Strands exhibition in context with her wider practice. Materials and process alongside narratives around femaleness, re-invention and body absence and presence will also be addressed. Lucy Brown makes one-off woven works, which use vintage and second hand clothing as the raw material. Works are three-dimensional, ceiling suspended, and/or floor/wall based and address narratives surrounding body, dress and identity. Sourcing, collecting and making are core motivations in the work. Weaving is then employed as language and method to reconstruct the raw materials. Free-hand weaving techniques are developed through physical, sensory, emotional and psychological engagement with selected clothing. There is seductive and obsessive drive with the raw materials, which fuels the desire to make and physically interact with the garments. www.axisweb.org/artist/lucybrown Break for tea/coffee : 3.15 pm to 3.45 pm Afternoon (part 2) : Illustrated Lecture 3.45 pm to 4.45 pm Tilleke Schwarz Making sense out of the non sense Tilleke Schwarz (Netherlands) stitches ‘maps of modern life’ that are reminiscent of graffiti. Daily life, mass media, traditional samplers and cats are major sources of inspiration. The result is a humorous reflection on our modern society. Her


work is a mixture of content, graphic quality and a bit of fooling around. Tilleke ‘s work relates to the history of humanity that is determined through stories. The sense of humour is typical for her Jewish background: a mixture of a laugh and a tear. The work contains narrative elements. Not really complete stories, with a beginning, a storyline, and an end. On the contrary, the narrative structures are used as a form of communication with the viewer. The viewer is invited to decipher connections or to create them. Evening Session : Reception at Gate Gallery 5 pm to 7 pm Chance to enjoy a soft drink or glass of wine and to have further discussion and one to one interaction with the artists. Fees Morning Session 9.30 am to 1.00 pm £45 (inc. buffet lunch) Afternoon Session 2.15 pm to 4.45 pm £10 (inc. tea and coffee) Full Day Symposium £50 (inc. buffet lunch) Tickets available from from: Gate Gallery 12 , Brighowgate, Grimsby DN32 0QX Tel • 07758 244 487 or 01472 356188 Opening hours Thurs, Fri, Sat : 10am t0 4pm Payment may be made cash/credit card at Gate gallery or by cheque: made payable to: Gate Gallery and sent to: 7 Strands Gate Gallery 12 , Brighowgate Grimsby DN32 0QX Payment can also be made by credit card online by visiting www.womanwithafish.com and following the link to 7 Strands Early Booking is essential as places are strictly limited.

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7 Strands at The Minster Grimsby Minster St James’ Square Grimsby DN31 1EP 16 June 2011 to 17 July 2011

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Opening hours Tuesday, Thursday, Friday : 9.30 am to 12 .30 pm

7 Strands brings together the work of Helen Banzhaf, Lucy Brown, Dorothy Ann Daly, Ann Goddard, Christine Gornowicz, Tilleke Schwarz, and Sue Stone, all members of the Internationally renowned 62 Group of Textiles Artists working in various disciplines including Stitch, Weave and Conceptual Textiles which challenge the boundaries between Fine Art and Making. This show compliments the:

7 Strands Exhibition at Gate Gallery Gate Gallery 12 , Brighowgate, Grimsby DN32 0QX 2 June to 23 July 2011 Opening hours Thursday, Friday, Saturday : 10am to 4pm

How to get there Gate Gallery is located close to the Railway Station and Grimsby Minster. One hour free parking on Brighowgate, or paid parking off Wellowgate. Set within St James’ Square, the only green space in the town centre Grimsby Minster is easy to find and to access. Stops for all main bus routes, the railway station, cycle routes and public car parks are within easy reach . The Minster is also very close to the Freshney Place shopping centre and the town market. Why not combine a visit to 7 Strands with a short break on the Lincolnshire coast or the Lincolnshire Wolds? http://www.cleethorpesuk.com, www.visitlincolnshire.com


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Helen Banzhaf When I first began making decorative textiles I had to have a real ceramic piece in front of me as my inspiration. Its shape, form and more often than not its colours, spurred me on with the design and its pattern. I could re-create this three-dimensional piece in stitches. Nowadays, most of my depicted ‘vessels’ don’t exist – they are figments of my imagination. And what I find exciting is that my initial design bears little resemblance to the finished embroidery; the patterns, shapes and colours change and evolve as I work the piece.


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Lucy Brown Lucy Brown makes one-off woven works, which use vintage and second hand clothing as the raw material. Works are three-dimensional, ceiling suspended, and/or floor/wall based and address narratives surrounding body, dress and identity. Sourcing, collecting and making are core motivations in the work. Weaving is then employed as language and method to reconstruct the raw materials. Free-hand weaving techniques are developed through physical, sensory, emotional and psychological engagement with selected clothing. There is a seductive and obsessive drive with the raw materials, which fuels the desire to make and physically interact with the garments.


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Dorothy Ann Daly I use crochet and paper to make work. I use fine crochet cotton thread changing the thickness of the crochet cotton in the same way that I use different ranges of pencils to draw with. I vary the stitches I use, to produce different marks in the crochet, for me these are crochet drawings. I start off a piece of crochet and allow it to develop. Some pieces are decorative playing with stitches and some are more sculptural. I use embossing to make backgrounds for the work, using crochet, pieces of patterned fabric and old lace. Depending on the piece of crochet sometimes the crochet needs a plain paper background.


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Ann Goddard Ann Goddard creates mixed media constructions, combining textile techniques with a diverse range of incongruous materials. She is concerned about the impact of human activity on nature and the potential consequences for biodiversity. These concerns are reflected in her choice of materials, method of construction and the overall form of the pieces. Fragments of bark from trees felled to make way for a housing development have been used to form her constructions. Wire & synthetic rubber stitches hold the structures together. The fragility of the forms reflects the vulnerability of the ecosystem of which they were once a part.


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Christine Gornowicz The philosophies of the Abstract Expressionalists have provided inspiration for representing our inner lives. In my work I have used the contrasting gestures of paint and weave to represent various aspects of life and existence. By weaving together the individual strands of our existence, the intention is to capture some of the universal emotions and experiences as our life unfolds Ancient Greek titles are used because weaving at that time was celebrated as a noble and civilizing influence on human life


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Tilleke Schwarz Tilleke Schwarz (Netherlands) stitches ‘maps of modern life’ that are reminiscent of graffiti. She includes anything that moves, amazes or intrigues her. Daily life, mass media, traditional samplers and cats are major sources of inspiration. The result is a mixture of content, graphic quality and fooling around. Very typical is her sense of humour. The work contains narrative elements. Not really complete stories, with a beginning, a storyline, and an end. On the contrary, the narrative structures are used as a form of communication with the viewer. The viewer is invited to decipher connections or to create them.


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Sue Stone Sue Stone is a member of the 62 group of textile artists and Gate Group , Grimsby. She studied Fashion at St Martins School of Art and Embroidery at Goldsmiths College in the 1970s graduating with a First Class honours degree in Textiles/ Embroidery. Her inspiration is drawn from subjects both past and present, all with some connection to her own life and environment. Sue’s work lives in limbo somewhere between the angst of fine art and the therapeutic nature of making. With content being given precedence over technique her work is often figurative and regionalist, usually narrative and sometimes has a surreal sense of humour.


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7 Strands Symposium and Exhibition  

Textile Symposium and Exhibition Challenging The Boundaries Between Fine Art And Making

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