'Colour and Interstices' in group exhibition, 'Artist at Work - New Technology in Textile and Fibre Art'
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This was the first exhibition within the Museo de Tessuto (Museum of Textiles) to explore how new or extra-textile technology is being applied to art textiles. The work included in the exhibition was selected by a jury made up of textile researchers from the London University of the Arts, the European Textiles Network, and from the museum itself. My research examines the relation between painting and felt-making. I explore the various ways in which the unconventional application of industrial textile technologies can achieve 'palettes' of textures and surface qualities not normally available to the artist felt-maker. In producing the artwork, I created a textile by applying surface colourant made from wool-tops (or skeins) to a recycled woolen substrate using an industrial needle-loom. The research content of the work came from using the loom in an unconventionally reiterative manner. The reiteration here involved cutting the textile and reapplying it to itself so as to increase what is possible within the textile's patina or surface aspect. The novel aesthetic arising from this process was the creation of a dense texture alongside a sharply focused image, thereby allowing the viewer to enjoy the uncertainty of not knowing whether they were viewing a painting or a textile. A catalogue was produced by the Museo del Tessuto to coincide with the exhibition, titled Artist at Work - New Technology in Textile and Fibre Art, ISBN 88-7781-531-0.
Museo del Tessuto, Prato, Italy, pp.1
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