Well - the week of the exhibition flew by and I can’t believe that it is all packed up and put away. It was wonderful to see so many people and to chat. Thank you so much if you popped in and an even bigger thank you to those of you who bought things. It feels like a big endorsement when people want to take home the things that I have made – thank you.
It felt like a great indulgence to hang a whole body of work in a gallery – to see how it works together, to look at it and to think about it. Experiencing everything in a white space took away the closeness of being with it and working on it in my studio – I found that in the end I wasn’t really seeing. Therefore it came as a bit of a shock to realise how sculptural everything had become. Of course I knew that I had been manipulating and constructing the cloth but it was only when I saw how cohesively the wall hung and 3-D pieces worked together that the penny really dropped!
I greatly appreciated all the conversations I had with people – seeing their reaction and understanding what they got from the work – it helps me to see more clearly when I get feedback. As artists we often work in isolation (I find a lot goes on in my mind that goes unexpressed) and having the opportunity to speak about the work out loud has made me simplify and refine my ideas - to really get to grips with what I am aiming for.
Other people experience the work objectively and consequently offer a view that is not mine. Fellow textile artist Helen Terry has written a fantastic post on her blog about her reaction to Caught by the Tide. She has really understood what the work is all about and has expressed it very eloquently – read it here.