Welcome to Fukushima

This was my final piece for the MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking an it is currently half on display at the Royal West of England gallery as part of their annual open exhibition.  I say half because although I submitted it as a sculpture and wanted it shown in the whole it has been placed against a black curtain.  Still we do what we can and endure what we must.

The work references Japanese Boro coats, hand-me-downs that were patched repeatedly and passed on to succeeding generations.  In the later half of the 20thC they became collectable and examples can be found in museums and galleries, such as Sri, prices on application!  Interestingly the V & A gallery in London has a, ‘Make your own: Japanese ‘Boro’ bag‘ .pdf instruction.

There are many examples of Boro on pinterest, and some excellent information courtesy of Heddels.

 

Forever Young

Forever Young, Quilt, 1m x 80cm, mixed organic fibres and bamboo wadding, embroidery, embellishing and applique.

This quilt was completed earlier this year.  It is made from organic fabrics supplied by the Organic Textile Company who are based in Machynlleth and are partnered with Ganesh in Kerela, India.  I would like to buy all their fabric, I have to keep off their web site.

 

 

Starting a new blog

After doing nothing much with my old blog – Mixdacrete – for about a year I decided to try a new one, using a name I had tried before but not published.  Mixdactete was set up as part of my MA course at UWE, and as that completed this summer I have put it to bed.

As most bloggers must know the first difficulty is choosing a theme, so after a certain amount of hair pulling I have started out with the ‘Blogger’ theme, but of course this might change.  I have paid to have a ‘premium’ wordpress.com blog and hopefully this will prove a good investment.