Friday, 10 June 2016

Donna Rumble-Smith "Signatures Exchanged for Passwords"

Today we welcomed Donna Rumble-Smith with her exciting collection of work, exploring text in textiles
 Donna gives lectures and workshops  at Nottingham Trent University. She has a conceptual practice
 Donna refreshed her Art work by studying an MA and upon finding some hand written letters she found her inspiration
Writing her own stories and poetry in lovely handwriting developed into the work you see here. Reflective journals and ideas books allowed Donna to "have a moan on paper." Journals were made from scraps of paper and envelopes.
The title of the lecture came about through digital emails - hence the digital side of writing using a computerised sewing machine. The tumbling threads suggest wires and there is digital text in the tubes. Hidden messages with glow in the dark thread
A moment suspended, loops and curls represents the messages hanging in suspense waiting to be read when the computer is switched off
Donna's work is also on fashion garments - as she describes "it helps to pay the bills" as installation art doesn't
Setting at the Henry Foyle Trust Needle Museum in Redditch
Donna won first prize with this piece and the work stretched across the artefacts at the museum. entitled "Casting the Line Installation" as the museum also made fishing hooks as well as needles
Here is the multi-head embroidery machine Donna used at Nottingham and on the right text on aquafilm. The machine is programmed
Donna does occasionally undertake commission work and she gave an example of a poem which she wrote for a four year old boy
Stitching onto tracing paper after drawing the image and leaving trailing threads
The tracing paper is rolled up as she works and then the threads are left loose to hang at the end
More examples of Donna's work





A page of Donna's sketchbook showing lovely needle-weaving over paper strips



More stunning sketchbook pages


Section of a garment
Another hand drawn piece with text and the ends of thread left to hang

Thank you Donna for an inspiring afternoon. The workshop promises to be a great day and is fully booked
Please remember that the Nottingham Lace Archive is housed at Nottingham Trent University, kept by Amanda Briggs-Goode

Check out Donna on Instagram:-
https://www.instagram.com/donnarumblesmith

Jude

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