from the PUP

New Tapestries and Coming Out of Lockdown

Two new tapestries finished and an exhibition re-opening – can’t be bad!

Firstly, the exhibition that is re-opening and running for an extended period is the Fabric of the North show at Kirkleatham Hall Museum in Redcar. It opens again on 18th May and will run until the end of 2021. My tapestries will only be there until October.

The first of the two new tapestries are “from the PUP” which will be on exhibition as part of the BTG Threads in Sheds show at Whitchurch Silk Mill from 11th September- 21st November 2021 and then Farfield Mill in Sedburgh from 5th January – 27th March 2022.

The second of the new tapestries is another interactive audio work for the Solway Branch of the British Tapestry Group exhibition at Gracefield Arts Centre from 11th September – 30th November 2021.

Short videos and more information about both these tapestries can be found on my Sound and Weave page.

Supported by an Artists Bursary from a-n the Artists Information Company

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tapestry design detail

Decisions, Decisions – Electric Brae

As we go into the New Year, 2021, I have been making decisions repeatedly about how I should proceed with the tapestry currently on my loom. The design development is based on a painting by Gordon Perfect's painting "Electric Brae", held in the Scottish Art Collection at Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfires and Galloway.

My tapestry will be part of an exhibition there by the Solway branch of the British Tapestry Group later in 2021. They invited me to take part as I come from that neck of the woods. The criteria for the work was to respond to a selected work in the art collection but not to make a copy of it.

I selected this painting because not only do I like its colours and the textures created by Perfect's handling of the brush, but also because I have a strong memory of experiencing the illusion of the phenomenon known as the Electric Brae near Ayr on Scotland's west coast. The challenge for me was to find a way of representing the original work as a tapestry whilst also referencing my own experience of the subject - hence the in depth decision making.

I am not showing my design at this stage (other than the detail above) but can say that the tapestry will have an interactive audio element to it and one of the materials I am using is conductive thread. I am being helped with this aspect of the work by the funding I received as an Artists Bursary from a-n the Artists Information Company. The rest of my time spent on the work is also funded by a Stabilisation Fund grant from the Arts Council of Wales National Lottery Good Causes.

On another note, I am pleased to say the the Fabric of the North exhibition (see previous blog post) was extended through to the end of March 2021. This is due to the fact that all galleries have been closed for most of the originally scheduled exhibition dates. Hopefully they will be able to open again before the end of March.

Supported by an Artists Bursary from a-n The Artists Information Company and a Stabilisation Fund grant from the Arts Council of Wales National Lottery Good Causes.

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Fabric of the North

I just managed to fit in the installation of my two interactive tapestries to the Fabric of the North exhibition before the current Covid-19 lockdown started in Wales. The exhibition is at Kirkleatham Hall Museum in Redcar until 31st January, 2021 and outside of the lockdown in England which is starting today for a month, viewing the exhibition is by booking a time slot during their opening hours.

Until the lockdown is past you can watch the video above and also view the individual works on the Fabric of the North website.

Thanks to the Arts Council of Wales National Lottery stabilisation fund grant I received and an a-n Artists Information Company Artists Bursary award, I was able to update the touch sensitive weaving of Metamorphosis to proximity sensitivity and also update the technology used in my other tapestry in the exhibition, INTERCONNECTION.

Supported by an Artists Bursary from a-n The Artists Information Company and a Stabilisation Fund grant from the Arts Council of Wales National Lottery Good Causes.

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Moving Forward and Online Workshops

With the awarding of an Arts Council of Wales National Lottery Stabilisation Fund grant and an Artists Bursary from a-n The Artists Information Company, I have been able to start moving forward with the development and re-development of my work with interactive audio and tapestry weaving.

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Great News!

Work can now go ahead on redeveloping existing, and creating new means of interaction in my sound and weave work.

I am very grateful to the Arts Council of Wales for a grant from their Stabilisation Fund. This will allow me keep going with developing new work in which the interactive element of sound becomes based on non or indirect contact.

An expected result of the coronavirus is that there will be a continuing nervousness around multiple people touching the same surface. While the nature of tapestry weaving and the materials I use is tactile, and I have enjoyed the fact that people, to date, have been able to touch my work in this field to activate different audio elements, I am also excited by the possibilities for engaging my audience through a range of interactive techniques that do not require direct physical contact.

I am not going to say at this stage what some of my ideas are regarding this - you will just have to watch this space, as they say. The first step, however, will be to utilise the a-n Artists Bursary Award I mentioned in my last post, and develop my coding skills with Python 3. A better understanding of how this can be used with a Raspberry Pi and Arduino to achieve the audio interaction I am aiming for, will be very helpful.

So thanks again to a-n The Artists Information Company, Arts Council Wales and the National Lottery for the support to do this work.

This is just the start of this project. I will be posting about my progress and crediting my funders regularly here on my blog as well as on the a-n blog page and on social media.

Supported by a bursary from a-n The Artists Information Company.

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Working Update

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and Covid-19 lock down the Arts and Audio Interactivity project development has had to put on hold. I am not concerned that it will not go ahead and indeed, I am excited about the changes that I will need to make to my own interactive tapestry weaving in order to allow for the potential nervousness of multiple people touching an art work.

I have had several exhibitions postponed for the same reason but these will be rescheduled for 2021 and dates will be advertised when confirmed.

The work for which I have received an a-n Artists Bursary award is going ahead but this too has had to be postponed, though for less time as this extra training in Python coding and use of Raspberry Pi and Arduino.

Further funding applications towards developing new work have also been postponed but, again, I hope I can proceed with these soon.

In the meantime, you can still see my existing work in audio interactive tapestry weaving on the Sound and Weave page.

A&AI Post 4

The Art and Audio Interactivity project continues to develop and the first thing to say about this is probably the title of the project.

The new title is Textures of Sound – Art and Audio Interactivity.

Having now met the new Director for Disability Arts Cymru, Ruth Fabby, we have been able to identify and hone some of the strategies for realising the project. Those who hear about it are enthusiastic and the prospect of working with other artists to develop skills and new work towards an interactive touring group exhibition, is becoming more exciting by the day.

My last visit to DAC in Cardiff allowed us to move further forward with the project development and also gave me another chance to look at (and touch!) Rachel Wellbeing’s textural paintings hanging on the walls there.

Rachel Wellbeing

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