Monday, 25 June 2018

Alice Fox Rusting workshop

Following on from her fascinating lecture Alice Fox returned on the Saturday to run a rusting workshop.

looking at the samples

Taking careful notes.

Fiskars paper cutters - who knew?

Some of us are easily distracted. Spot the class stars paying attention!

Stitching in different ways and then rusting

traditional patchwork techniques given a modern twist

 Then we got started on our own masterpieces :-

 Natural threads and fabrics and lots of "interesting rusty bits"

 Lillian trying sign language to get the point across


adding to the surface

as usual - lots of laughing

embedding between layers

Janet doing it in her own unique way as usual

using Rusty cans and tea to rust the pieces

Being Chair isn't all hard work.

Not all pieces were suitable for embedding - unless you had a bed sheet!

Curtain hooks made people question their work

Alice showing that she could easily be one of us - she has mastered the facial expressions

 A lovely relaxed day with some very happy stitchers. At the end of the day we had to take our samples home to rust them. This can take from 3 days to several months depending on the method, so I hope we get to see some of the results eventually.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Alice Fox - A Coastal Perspective

Friday the 15th June was an evening lecture with Alice Fox - talking about "A Coastal Perspective"

Alice's love of all things natural is reflected in her original degree in Physical Geography, which she later supplimented with a degree in textiles. In her final year projects she looked at organic objects and sustainable architecture as well as a second project on beachcombing.

A later trip to a remote location in Scotland included the discovering of an old fishing shed with lots of rusty items to intrigue and inspire.  Arts Council funding allowed Alice to become Artist in Residence at Spurn Point for six months. In such an amazing place where do you start? She decided that she needed to get the feel of the place by exploring and sketching

Wrapping the rusty metal of the sea defences with fabric and letting the tide do the hard work. 
 The large pieces of work from the final exhibition inside the lighthouse. Alice put work on all six floors including the light room right at the top.

As an extension from her Residency Alice made a further body of work "Tide Marks" which was not bound to one particular place but linked by objects from different beaches.

Incorporating items into pieces of weaving and then letting them rust. 
  Using river mud and weaving to make little vessels
 As part of the recent "Disrupt" exhibition by the Textile Study Group Alice looked at Oak Galls (as she was already using walnut ink that comes from these galls). These galls can be seen as a distruption to the plant. Alice used collected bits of plastic to consider what would happen if insects evolved to use our discarded plastic to lay their eggs in.

A selection of the "Tide Marks" books showing different printing techniques on paper

 A close up of one of the long clothes from Spurn Point
 Collecting rusty objects from the beach
 Drilling into sea shells to be able to mount them
 An early sample of explorations in rusting.

 A fascinating lecture and we will be eagerly watching to see where Alice's work goes next.