What a hectic week! It started with me cutting up a piece of work and then deciding to make something new (that’s another story) and ended with setting up Chinese Whispers which is the new exhibition from textile group Studio 21.
After a long slog on Sunday it is now up and looking fabulous! Everyone has excelled themselves and this collaborative exhibition is full of intriguing and imaginative work. It is well worth a visit.
Here is the official blurb and a few photos …
Chinese Whispers is an exhibition of collaborative work based on the concept of ‘making work and passing it on’.
The starting point for this work was a Seeing Sound and a Practice Development workshop. The resulting work was then passed around the group, responded to and passed on again. The process has encouraged each artist to work in a different way and produce and develop work outside their usual practice.
The Chinese Whispers exhibition shows the development from the small, exploratory ‘work-in progress’ pieces, first shown at Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch, in March 2013 to more developed works which have emerged from the initial collaborations.
Small pieces track the development of ideas as the work was circulated amongst members of the group and show the resulting unexpected and exciting outcomes. During the past few months the collaboration has been further explored with the creation of larger 3-D and 2-D work. Ideas, drawings and finished work have been shared to extend our creativity and to encourage new ways of working and thinking.
…. and don’t forget that there will be the opportunity for visitors to participate in your own Chinese Whispers project by attending drawing and making workshops based on some of the ideas from the Chinese Whispers project.
Drawing/Mark making: Using media such as wax pastel, graphite and ink you will produce several collaborative, experimental drawings. A simple book-making technique will be shown to enable you to produce a small book of exciting papers that could inspire future work.
Wed 16 and Wed 23 October 2013, 11am-1pm
Making Workshop: Using materials that Studio 21 members enjoy working with: cloth, wire, thread (and a few surprise items), you will create several collaborative 3-D pieces by passing your work to other members of the group and working on their pieces. This is a wonderful opportunity to ‘play’ with materials and to let your imagination run riot.
Sat 19 and Sat 26 October 2013, 11am-1pm