"Where there is creativity, there are no rules, where there are no rules there is no fear." Debra Rapoport
Sunday, 30 June 2019
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Tuesday, 11 June 2019
Rosa Hackett's degree show at Glasgow School of art had textile characters of nightmares where the wallpaper, tablecloths or duvet covers become people with all of their emotional baggage plain to see in expression, posture, and gesture.
"My work uses soft sculpture to explore the physicality of the human figure, unveiling moments of narrative within the stationary figures that leads to the creation of a pervading atmosphere of the uncanny. Formed of fabric and emerging from panels of the same material on the walls, the work invites the viewer to consider the figures’ relationships to one another as well as our own relationship to their materiality and fabric. Though it is easy to project a personal narrative onto the work’s depicted scenarios, gestures and implied conversations, the compositions’ highly constructed nature serves in distancing the viewer from complete identification. The figures’ appliquéd faces, displayed upon flat two-dimensional planes and exhibiting an array of overdramatized emotions, highlight ideas of performative construction and contrast the sculpted figures, exploring the relationship between flatness and three-dimensionality, and thus asking questions of formal pictorial representation. The anonymity of the sculptures’ generic body forms is conflicted by their physical presence, and thus demand for space, consideration and agency. As I navigate the construction of these works, the surrealist nature of the forms is simultaneously curious and unnerving, the domestic associations of the fabrics allowing a familiarity contrasted by the extended limb pieces and deconstructed bodies. The work thereby asks us to notice not only our own bodily relationships with one other but also our physical relationship to the fabrics and materials we interact with in our everyday lives." Rosa Hackett
Monday, 10 June 2019
Philipa Carruthers Degree show exhibition at Glasgow School of Art, 'Tales from Scotland' is a scarey selection of knitted balaclavas like those of the 1960s and 70's nightmarish knitting patterns.
Sunday, 9 June 2019
Sandra de Groot has been creating dramatic, organically sculptural, wearable art from macrame in a collection called kNOTs,
“the sculptures evolve according to an inner logic that is all mine. Only when the sculpture attains a textile form of attraction and becomes self-contained, I literally let go of the ropes.” Sandra de Groot
Saturday, 8 June 2019
The Four Seasons by Tyrella Baker-Smith, with spring above; a flounce and ruffle of bright soft floral prints, and winter below:
"The skirt corset and undertop were printed using sublimation printing. I found old botanical tree branch drawings on a database given to me by the Edinburgh Botanics. The over cloak (in similar yoke shape to spring to connect these two) is made of hand dyed grey velvet for the yoke. I hand painted linen, and then machine embroidered over the top to create the long birch trees. These were then appliquéd onto black sheer silk organza to create a stark forest effect. The headpiece was made of many different kinds of twigs, and on top on layered fake moss to create the subtle growth and pick out some of the green in the undertop." Tyrella BakerSmith
Friday, 7 June 2019
Costume design for a TV Series Adaptation of Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl by Tyrella Baker-Smith for her graduate collection at ECA.
'He shouted, “Bacon, pork and ham!
Oh, what a lucky Wolf I am!''
And though he ate the pig quite fast,
He carefully kept the tail till last...'
Thursday, 6 June 2019
Monday, 3 June 2019
This is Ruth Hope's wonderful interpretation of Roald Dahl's 'Esio Trot', Mrssilvers immaculate hand embellished gold velvet suit with applique, hand embroidery, and beadwork was stunning. Contrasting to perfection with Mr Hoppy's shambolic well loved patchwork dressing gown. You can catch the show and see all of this amazing work close up at Edinburgh College of Art, Degree Show this week.