Thursday, October 05, 2017

THE SECRETS QUILT



Psst; do you want to know a secret?

First, you'll have to tell us yours!

According to the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the average person keeps a whopping 13 secrets and five secrets that they have never told to another living soul!

Everyone knows that keeping things in is bad for us, so how do you find a safe and therapeutic way to let it go?

Well, you can sing about it, talk about it, write a letter and freeze it, write a poem and burn it, or shout your secret to the wind and let it carry your words off scattered in the breeze. 



Or you can give it to us: stitch your secret and send it to us for safe keeping.  Trivial, funny or deadly serious, it matters not.

Letting a secret go in a safe place allows you to forgive yourself and let the past go.  Sharing a secret is an act of self-love.

We are the Profanity Embroidery Group of Whitstable, Kent and you are invited to stitch your secret (profanity free) and make it part of an American style crazy quilt. 



The Secrets Quilt is a social media-generated art quilt celebrating therapeutic stitching. The aim is to excite people to stitch and feel the benefit of collaborative creativity.  We hope that by taking time to relax and unwind, whilst unburdening themselves, people will feel happier.

Feedback has already showed this is happening.  One stitcher, recovering from breast cancer told us, 'it has given me something quiet and soothing to do amongst all the annoying bits of life.'

Another stitcher said, 'while my depression not something I keep secret, I definitely don't acknowledge it as much as I should, especially to myself. So this secret is actually about me facing up to my challenges and learning to treat myself more kindly when I am having a bad time.'



Another said of her secret, 'it’s funny but since stitching this secret I feel empowered to be braver and 'come out' to my friends instead of saying nothing.'

We are inviting people to stitch their secrets on fabric no bigger than an iPad and send it to us by December 31 2017.  The secrets will be transformed into a quilt for national display in 2018.

The process is anonymous and anyone can contribute. All are welcome to take part in this project, beginners as well as experienced individuals.



Find out everything you need to know at:


Instagram @lovesecretsand

More information contact:

Bridget Carpenter bridgetmcarpenter@gmail.com


Sunday, September 03, 2017

EXHIBITION: DAMIEN DREW



Black Eye Gallery is pleased to announce the September 2017 exhibition:
WABI- SABI by Damien Drew.

The Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi is an appreciation of a transient and understated beauty in the modest, imperfect, ephemeral or decayed. Drew’s exhibition expresses this notion through his perspective of modern day Japan.


Japan has one of the world’s largest economies and a population that is shrinking due to low birthrates. With employment opportunities predominantly found in large urban centres there has been a marked decline in rural regions. Drew’s images seek to document that which is temporary and to celebrate its beauty in turn. The viewer is invited to consider details and qualities in paired scenes that may be inconspicuous, congruent or contrasting. In a world that is increasingly homogenised through global retail chains, Drew carefully observes
the melancholy beauty of the many towns and villages that have now become neglected.


“We do not dislike everything that shines, but we do prefer a pensive lustre to a shallow brilliance, a murky light that, whether in a stone or an artefact, bespeaks a sheen of antiquity. We love things that bear the marks of grime, soot, and weather, and we love the colours and the sheen that call to mind the past that made them.”

- From Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, ‘In Praise of Shadows’ 1933


Damien Drew is also an award-winning Art Director and Production Designer whose feature film credits include Alien Covenant, Superman Returns, Star Wars, The Great Gatsby and The Matrix films.

Exhibition details – September 5 – 24, 2017
Opening night- Friday September 8, 6-8pm


Mandatory credit line:
From WABI-SABI by Damien Drew, courtesy of Black Eye Gallery.

For inquiries, images and interviews with the artists please contact
Kath Wasiel 0411 806 958 kath@blackeyegallery.com.au

3/138 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst 2010 02 8084 7541 blackeyegallery.com.au Tues-Sun 10am- 6pm


Thursday, August 17, 2017

EXHIBITION: ARMANDO CHANT


Black Eye Gallery is pleased to announce the August 2017 exhibition
Liminal by Armando Chant

Liminal builds an interest with the potential for engagement that exists with the relationship between imagery and objects that sit within an in-between state of emergence and realisation.


This series proposes an encounter with the liminal image in construction, where there is an exploration and interaction with the blurred boundaries between the real and imaginatively unreal, and images that are in a process of slow and gradual emergence.


Chant depicts an abstract landscape composed of marks and gestures that are indeterminate and indefinable, embodying both bodily contours and vast panoramic gestural landscapes.

“My practice aims to explore and open up potentials for the dressed body to be reframed or represented within an ephemeral and transient context across site and surface, and contribute to another way of experiencing image and body within the disciplines of both art and design.”
– Armando Chant, 2017


About the Photographer: Armando Chant has worked internationally across diverse creative disciplines and industries including fashion and textile design, art direction and curatorial practice. He currently lectures at University of Technology Sydney, for the Fashion and Textiles Program.

Exhibition details – AUG 23- SEPT 3, 2017
Opening night- Thursday August 24, 6-8pm
Mandatory credit line: From Liminal, by Armando Chant, courtesy of Black Eye Gallery
For inquiries, images and interviews with the artists please contact
Kath Wasiel 0411 806 958 kath@blackeyegallery.com.au

3/138 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst 2010 02 8084 7541 blackeyegallery.com.au Tues-Sunday 10am 6pm

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

SUE STONE EXHIBITION

Sue Stone: Faith, 2017 (mixed media, hand/machine stitch, acrylic paint)


Sue Stone: Displaced
April 28 - May 28, 2017
Owen James Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Time, memory and family are at the heart of Sue Stone’s mixed-media works. She merges the past and the present to connect personal histories and local identities through dream-like narratives. Starting with old family photographs, she interprets and transforms them through techniques that include hand & machine stitched embroidery, fabric collage, writing and painting.

Stone is also deeply influenced by the history of her native Grimsby, England. For many years, Grimsby supported a major seaport and fishing industry, and where Stone’s father was fish merchant. The industry declined over time, but allusions to it remain in her work.  Stone started sewing early on, learning from and working with her mother who was a tailoress until her early death. This sense of loss, and of displacement, in both emotional and economic terms, is an ongoing theme for the artist.

Sue Stone: Fate, 2017 (mixed media, hand/machine stitch, acrylic paint)

Sue Stone: Hope, 2017 (mixed media, hand/machine stitch, acrylic paint)

While she will often make preparatory designs and studies, Stone “draws” her figures by directly stitching on fabric. At times she will use odd swatches from a piece of clothing once worn by the figure she is creating. At other times she carefully creates the figure’s clothing through a series of exquisite stitch techniques. We see parts of the unadorned base fabric come through, an indication perhaps that what lies beneath is as important as what is above. Hand-stitched text, relating a certain figures’ story, will sometimes also be added into the background.

Sue Stone: Remember Me Study #7, 2014 (mixed media, hand/machine stitch, acrylic paint)

Sue Stone: Study for The Boys Go Down To London Town, 2014 (mixed media, hand/machine stitch, acrylic paint)

The figures that populate Stone’s imagery waft back and forth through time. In some works she shows several generations of relatives, all at once but at different ages. For example, in The Boys Go To London Town (2014) we see the artist’s father-in-law, along with his own father and uncle. They are dressed for a jaunt about Grimsby, with a classic car from the period. However, they are standing in a present-day London street. Interestingly, sometimes the location is Grimsby Street, in London’s East End. Sharing the same name as her home town, the area in London has also seen seen better days in the past, but is now currently undergoing gentrification as one of the city’s more interesting artistic hubs. Stone photographs graffiti during her travels, and has recently been incorporating it into her works. Graffiti can serve as a liberating symbol, a statement of fact to the world that an artist once existed in a certain place at a certain time. In this same way Stone often incorporates the image of a fish, a personal symbol of Grimsby’s economic past, and of her own. This combination of the real and the unreal, and of the then and the now, is also a balance between playfulness and intimacy.


Sue Stone: Study For The Unknown Statistic (Never Forget), 2014 (mixed media, hand/machine stitch, acrylic paint)

Sue Stone: The Boys Go To London Town, 2014 (mixed media, hand/machine stitch, fabric paint)

Sue Stone is currently the chair of The 62 Group of Textile Artists, an international select membership of textile artists. She studied fashion at St. Martins School of Art and embroidery at Goldsmiths College, London. 

Check the Owen James Gallery for more details of this exhibition, and much more.

All imagery and text were kindly supplied by the Owen James Gallery.

Sue Stone: When Will This Ever End?, 2014 (mixed media, hand/machine stitch, acrylic paint)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

SCREWED by Mary Mazziotti

Mary Mazziotti: Eagle, 2016 (hand embroidery and applique on vintage textile)

I make memento mori (remember you must die) primary in textiles. Notwithstanding the seriousness of the subject I try to lean more towards wit than morbidity. 

SCREWED is a response to the “election” of an unhinged con man with the connivance of a hostile foreign power.  And I’m appalled and disgusted that so many Americans fell for his misogynistic, xenophobic, racist blather. The path he’s leading us down will not make American Great Again. It’s a death sentence for the best principles of democracy. Nations can have life spans, just as people do. SCREWED is a memento mori for America.

SCREWED, can be found along with a range of other work by Mary, at her comprehensive website: http://www.mazziottiart.com/

Mary Mazziotti: George Washington, 2016 (hand embroidery and applique on vintage textile)

               Mary Mazziotti: Lincoln, 2016 (hand embroidery and applique on vintage textile)

Mary Mazziotti: Mt Rushmore, 2016 (hand embroidery and applique on vintage textile)

Mary Mazziotti: Statue of Liberty, 2016 (hand embroidery and applique on vintage textile)

Mary Mazziotti: Thomas Jefferson, 2016 (hand embroidery and applique on vintage textile)

Mary Mazziotti: Uncle Sam, 2016 (hand embroidery and applique on vintage textile)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New Quilting at the Rheged Centre


A new exhibition at Rheged, Cumbria’s foremost arts centre, supported by Arts Council England, will challenge perceptions of quilt making this spring, revealing a strong and vibrant contemporary craft form.

New Quilting, an exclusive exhibition at Rheged, will reveal the new face of contemporary quilting, an art form now just as likely to be found hanging on a gallery wall or urban loft apartment as it is in a rural farmhouse. Quilts by over 30 national and Cumbrian makers have been selected for their craftsmanship and design, colour and innovation. The unique story behind each piece will also be told in the exhibition, either through accompanying sketches and material revealing how each quilt came to be, or through the storytelling ability of the quilt itself.

Alicia Merrett: The Island

John Stokes, Arts Manager at Rheged, said “Quilting has been part of the needlework tradition in Europe since the fifth century and our exhibition celebrates those continuing the tradition today. Quilting is alive and kicking in the modern art world and from handmade fashion to 3D quilts, modern, traditional, pictoral and geometric, visitors will discover the handiwork and dedication required to produce these extraordinary creations. The work which goes into producing each quilts is immense. One quilt, ‘Log Cabin Craziness’ features more than 40,000 pieces of fabric and took 5 months for the artist, Joy Salvage, to complete.”

Ramona Conconi: CMYK

Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, New Quilting will also incorporate a community arts project with locally based artist Maddi Nicholson. She will work with the Levens Quilters group to produce a new piece of contemporary artwork that uses quilting as its medium. The themes of the piece will be local folklore, with more details to be revealed soon.

The exhibition is open to the public from Friday 3 March till Sunday 23 April, from 10am to 5pm daily. Admission is £2.

The complete list of artists: Abigail Booth, Alicia Merrett, Eileen Blood, Elfriede Grooten, Elizabeth Brimelow, Eszter Bornemisza, Greta Fitchett, Helen Howes, Janet Twinn, Jen Kelson, Joy Salvage, Judith Wilson, Kate Crossley, Kate Dowty, Marijke van Welzen, Marita Lappalainen, Michael Fitchett, Monika Steiner, Ramona Conconi, Sandie Lush, Sandy Chandler, Sara Impey, Susan Briscoe, Trudi Wood, Vera and Ctibor Skoček , Janice Gunner, John Winn, Sheena Norquay, Margery Milnes, Cas Holmes, Christine Chester

Vera and Citibor Skocek


About Rheged
Rheged is located just off the M6 (J40) at the northern gateway to the Lake District, which is the birthplace of modern rock climbing and home to some of the world’s most famous mountaineers. Rheged is a family run centre for Arts, Food and Family activities, all of which are of this place. Rheged is also a building of architectural merit, with one of the largest grass covered roofs in the country. The Gallery at Rheged won Gallery of the year in the 2016 Cumbria Life Culture awards.

@RhegedCentre 


Michael Fitchett: Shambles

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Fiber Fusion Travelling Exhibition

Deborah Taylor: I Like The Way You Dance

The Surface Design Association of Washington State announces the Opening of Fiber Fusion, a year-long juried exhibition and celebration of textiles and surface design techniques, at the VALA Art Center in Redmond. The exhibition opened at Redmond Town Center’s VALA Art Center on November 10 and runs through January 15, 2017.

Axford: Counterpoint 1

A public Opening Reception at VALA was held on Saturday, November 19. Rock Hushka, lead curator at Tacoma Art Museum and one of the Fiber Fusion jurors, were giving a talk at the Opening.

Arisa Brown: Trepa

Additional locations include: Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend (February 2-26) and Schack Arts Center in Everett. (March 10 - April 3). The debut location was the Gallery at the Park in Richland, WA.

Claire Jones: Whole Surface Vitality 2

Fifty-four artists were selected for the four-city exhibition. Fiber Fusion jurors were Layne Goldsmith, University of Washington Professor of Art and past chair of the Fibers Program, Young Chang, MFA in Fiber and Owner­­–– Gallery IMA, Seattle and Rock Hushka, MA Art History and Director of Curatorial Administration, Tacoma Art Museum.

Nancy Loorem-Adams: Birth Of The Grid

Local Members Selected
Local Eastside chapter members whose work has been accepted include: Christina Fairley Erickson, Bellevue; Gale Whitney, Bellevue; Crystal A Edwards, Redmond; Maura Donegan, Issaquah; and Rebecca Wachtman, Renton.

Gwen Lowery: Wheels

Additionally, GJ Gillespie, Kirkland and Erika Carter, Renton will display work at the Schack Arts Center location. In conjunction with the exhibition, several of the Eastside members will have additional pieces on display at VALA.

Jeannie McMacken: Dinner At La Belle Equipe Smoke Dress

Eighty-eight artists representing 39 Washington cities and towns entered the competition with 246 entries. Artist techniques include fabric manipulation, hand and machine embroidery, painting, wet felting, shibori, bojagi, and botanical dyeing. Some of the unusual materials used include stainless steel, sock monkeys, gunpowder, vintage kimono, acrylic, newspapers, sand, wood, gut and hair.

Seiko Purdue: Bullet Cloth

Workshops Scheduled
Concurrent with Redmond’s Surface Design celebration, VALA will host a mini-workshop on dyeing and embroidery at the Redmond Senior Center. The instructor, Christina Fairley Erickson, also serves as the Executive Director of the Fiber Fusion exhibition. For information and registration contact the Redmond Sr. Center: https://apm.activecommunities.com/redmondparksandrec/Activity_Search/rsc-dye-and-embroider-mini-workshop/7107 or call 425-556-2314

Geraldine Warner: Cryoscape

Surface Design
Surface design art uses elements of surface design—which includes dyeing, painting, printing, stitching, embellishing, quilting, weaving, knitting, beading, felting, and paper making— or that in some way manipulates or alters the surface of a “textile.” A textile is defined as any material that takes on the properties of cloth. Work can be functional or non-functional, and can be for the wall, the body or as decoration.

Joyce Wilkerson: Cloth Shadow Line

The Fiber Fusion exhibition is underwritten by the Surface Design Association and sponsored by Blick Art Materials.
The Surface Design Association is a non-profit arts organization founded in 1977 and is comprised of artists, students, educators, gallery owners and curators. It has 215 members in Washington, and over 3,000 internationally.
VALA:- VALA (Venues for Artists in the Local Area) Eastside, was founded in 2010 by Jessica Kravitz and John Lambert based in Redmond, Washington. VALA’s mission to connect artists to artists, artists to the community, and the community to art is achieved by featuring local artists who are particularly interested in connecting to the community in meaningful ways.
For more information about Fiber Fusion visit: www.surfacedesignwa.com
www.sdafiberfusionshow.org,
www.facebook.com/surfacedesignwa/