Remix- Unlocking Creativity in Response to the Pandemic
In Bailiffgate 6 September – 30 October 2022
The Fusion Group of textile artists had an exhibition planned at Baliffgate Museum & Gallery for Autumn 2020. Much of the work for that had been done during the course of the first lockdown. However, by November of that year galleries were still unable to open. The group has now been offered another chance to display their stunning creations. As the title suggests, some previously-planned pieces are included, along with new work done in response to a changing world. Themes have developed individually, responding to changes in perceptions of time, focus on family, feelings of isolation, concern for the environment and the natural world.
Examples of the way ideas have developed are:
DEB COOPER has focussed on environmental issues: the importance of extending meadow land and native flora for the ecosystem. The limited colour palette is one of subtle somewhat vintage tones -echoing past times and a simpler way of life; and the impact of waste and over production by using recycled fibres, found objects and vintage textiles to extend their use.
JOY HALL has found sewing a great comfort during the lockdown restrictions, filling her time by making clothes and sewing patchwork blocks, eventually to be put together in a quilt. Drawing from her background of working for a fashion designer she creates wearable art with a narrative element.
JAYNE JOHNSON started exploring the possibilities of eco dyeing in lockdown and used plants from her father’s allotment.
VICTORIA MacLEOD missed the exchange of ideas with others and started to participate in a series of textile related workshops. One of these, on padded sculptures, gave her the idea of padding rolls of fabric to represent the undulation of coast waves and beach pebbles. Always interested in utilising discarded items, the lateral flow tests gave her the idea for an undulating collage.
JILL PATERSON’s large garden kept her occupied over lockdowns. She used a range of media to highlight her emotional responses to the beauty and fragility of plants in their changing environment.
DI PICKERING’s work almost always relies on re-using or re-purposing fabric which adds to the narrative of what she depicts. Blue face masks became ubiquitous and many were just discarded on the ground in public areas. Deconstructed, and stitched, they now form a background fabric to her current work.
Other artists with work in this packed exhibition are Melita Butterell, Jean Oliver, Ros Murphy, Rhiannon Robinson, Jane Rodgers, Kathleen Thompson
and Kate Slaughter