Sunday, 8 July 2018

Clocking Off... but not just yet

The impending demolition of the Top Store at Sunny Bank Mill has been delayed, meaning that you still have time to visit and see the Clocking Off exhibition. Here are a few more photos I took during the exhibition opening.






Be sure to phone ahead before making a special visit http://sunnybankmills.co.uk/gallery/

Friday, 25 May 2018

Clocking Off

I am delighted to say that I currently have work on show as part of Clocking Off at Sunny Bank Mills
This pop-up exhibition celebrates the mill, it’s people and places.

I will be exhibiting my large textile pieces ‘Draft’ and ‘Bastard Cloths I and II’ in the beautiful Top Store, which is scheduled for demolition this summer. So this is a fabulous final opportunity to view the spaces and see a variety of artists responses to the mill.

Clocking Off runs Sun 20th May to Sun 3rd June 2018 (although this may be extended). Free entry.

There is also a special Clocking Off event this Sunday 27th May from 11am with live music, pimms, barbeque, etc.



Sunday, 29 April 2018

Lasting Impressions update

Lasting Impressions: Cloth Taxonomies, 2017. Hannah Lamb & Claire Wellesley-Smith (photo Hannah Lamb)

Over the last two years I have been working with friend and fellow artist Claire Wellesley-Smith on Lasting Impressions, an artwork commissioned by Saltaire Inspired. During Saltaire Arts Trail in May 2016 and 2017 we created a performative and participatory work in the spinning room at Salts Mill, which aimed to capture a record of the clothes worn by visitors, start discussions about cloth and archive these responses through making.

Given the wealth of responses and the discussions provoked by the work it seemed fitting to capture all of this in a publication. Our Lasting Impressions artists' book will be launched at this years' Saltaire Arts Trail, 5th - 7th May at my Open Studio. Join us at the Butterfly Rooms, Gordon Terrace as we present elements of the project.

If you can't make it along we will be announcing how you can buy a copy after the event.

Friday, 2 February 2018

The Sampling Project

My installation work 'The Sampling Project' has been selected for the forthcoming 62 Group exhibition CTRL/Shift. The exhibition runs 21st July to 9th Sept 2018 at Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), Birmingham.

The Sampling Project (detail of installation) by Hannah Lamb, 2018 (photo by Yeshen Venema)

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Sampling

My current project, and in fact the project I have been working on for over a year now, all started with a trip to France, to the Tissutheque textile archive at la Piscine art gallery Roubaix to be precise. Whilst there I came across a collection of beautiful hand-cut katagami; Japanese textile printing stencils. I went home, read up about katagami and found out about the craftsmanship involved in their construction. I was fascinated by the double layers and the network of supporting silk threads laminated between; the damaged examples providing both an insight into their construction but also creative inspiration.

katagami stencils at Tissutheque
 
Since then I have made another visit to Roubaix to study the stencils in more detail. I also embarked on a period of creative research and experimentation. Originally I didn't intend this to be so extensive or to continue for so long, but such is the case when there is an open ended brief.


More recently I have been experimenting with natural dyeing, printing and mordanting. Applying previous knowledge with exploration of techniques, combining them with other surface effects and generally taking an exploratory approach. I chose to take an impirical approach to sampling, noting down fibre composition,  testing a range of processes, and combinations of process. Whilst I can't claim to have been entirely scientific about it, this approach to the project has given me some structure which I was badly in need of.

dyed fabrics awaiting the next steps
As printed textiles are not my background it has been interesting to explore this area, and whilst I certainly don't feel I am an 'expert' I feel I have developed some competance; even if my enquiries have led to even more 'what if's' than I had before. I suppose this is the very nature of learning, that the more you learn, the more you realise there is to learn. Having some time to use the excellent screen printing workshop at Bradford School of Art has been a great benefit.

modifying dyed fabrics

screen printing through an open screen
Gradually building up layers of process and image my samples are pieces in their own right. Below you can see some of the work I have done most recently, using devore onto previously printed any dyed fabrics.

devore sampling - work in progress
dye, print, stitch and devore onto cotton/silk
multi-layered textile samples

My next steps involve putting the finishing touches to some samples and then working on their presentation for exhibition.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Plodding on

November already... hard to believe but so it is, and a long time since I visited my blog. Sorry patient readers. I have been busy doing things in other places, both on the web and elsewhere. If you want to catch up on what I have done in between you can follow my visual travels on Instagram.

I have been trying to slow things down a bit; finding time for some fun things and some restful things. This stitching of indigo dyed thread on antique printed calico, has been a welcome combination of activity and rest, while I think about plans for next year. Keep an eye on my website for some new workshops to be announced very soon.


Monday, 6 June 2016

Thinking on...

Catching my breath after an incredibly busy week, now seems a good time to pause briefly and reflect on Lasting Impressions. If anything I feel like the experience was slightly unreal. Both the fact that we were given this incredible opportunity and that it happened at all seem like some strange fantasy; did that really just happen? The chance to make a work in the incredible top floor, Spinning Room at Salts Mill was just wonderful and, I expect, once in a lifetime.

©Carolyn Mendelsohn 2016

©Carolyn Mendelsohn 2016
 We had no way of knowing what response we would get from visitors and participants. We were so pleased that people seemed to not only 'get it', but that they really engaged with the work. From the 300+ people of all ages, genders and backgrounds who took part, we had some really thoughtful responses and generous comments. It was also great to see so many of our friends and supporters, thank you!

©Carolyn Mendelsohn 2016
©Carolyn Mendelsohn 2016

©Carolyn Mendelsohn 2016


©Carolyn Mendelsohn 2016
Claire and I have some work to do towards the next stage of the project, and in the short term a lot of porcelain tiles to fire. Keep a look out here and on my other social media for details about what happens next to Lasting Impressions.

Some people to thank for their help and support for Lasting Impressions:

Phil Jackson - photographer
and my dear friend Claire Wellesley-Smith xx

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Lasting Impressions

Our first day of Lasting Impressions at Salts Mill was a great success. We had lots of wonderful responses from participants. If you would like to come and take part we have ongoing performances taking place Sunday and Monday 11-12 | 1-2pm | 3-4pm. We are in the roof space (4th floor). Hope to see you there.





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