Extinct Icons & Ritual Burials – Exhibition Pics

Extinct Icons & Ritual Burials – Exhibition Pics

O N C A exhibition 'Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials'

Hello friends,

As always I am late with the update but I wanted to share some images from my exhibition at the end of last year. The whole process of working with the team at ONCA was a pleasure and privilege and realising this exhibition was a career highlight. All images credit to Andrew O Hara.

Enjoy!

O N C A exhibition 'Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials'

O N C A exhibition 'Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials'
O N C A exhibition: ‘Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials’

Hihi Door by Hannah Battershell

O N C A exhibition 'Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials'
O N C A exhibition: ‘Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials’
O N C A exhibition 'Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials'
O N C A exhibition: ‘Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials’
O N C A exhibition 'Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials'
O N C A exhibition: ‘Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials’
O N C A exhibition 'Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials'
O N C A exhibition: ‘Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials’
O N C A exhibition 'Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials'
O N C A exhibition: ‘Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials’
O N C A exhibition 'Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials'
O N C A exhibition: ‘Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials’
O N C A exhibition 'Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials'
O N C A exhibition: ‘Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials’
O N C A exhibition 'Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials'
O N C A exhibition: ‘Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials’
O N C A exhibition 'Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials'
O N C A exhibition: ‘Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials’
O N C A exhibition 'Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials'
O N C A exhibition: ‘Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials’

From the Private view:

O N C A Extinct Icons & Ritual Burials, 23rd Nov 2017
O N C A Extinct Icons & Ritual Burials, 23rd Nov 2017
O N C A Extinct Icons & Ritual Burials, 23rd Nov 2017
O N C A Extinct Icons & Ritual Burials, 23rd Nov 2017
O N C A Extinct Icons & Ritual Burials, 23rd Nov 2017
O N C A Extinct Icons & Ritual Burials, 23rd Nov 2017
O N C A Extinct Icons & Ritual Burials, 23rd Nov 2017
O N C A Extinct Icons & Ritual Burials, 23rd Nov 2017
Creativity in Embroidery Art Workshop – January 13th

Creativity in Embroidery Art Workshop – January 13th

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Join me in January for my next workshop!

Suitable for students with some hand-embroidery experience looking to extend their skills or ready to plan their own projects, this class focuses on preparation and will give you the confidence and skills to turn your ideas into original art. Maybe you have only completed embroidery kits, or other’s designs so far. Or maybe you’ve mastered one technique – like cross stitch – and now want to push out into other techniques. Or maybe you’ve simply got a burning desire to embroider mushrooms and don’t know where to start! This is the class for you.

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In this workshop we will examine how I bring an idea through to realisation in stitch, in 4 stages: Conception, development, planning and pattern transfer. In the morning we will begin with group discussion of your ideas and take a look at some of my embroidered art work – from initial sketches to completion. Then we will begin working on drawings and designs and approach relating these to techniques.

After lunch we will examine all the different materials I use in my textile art and how each could be used in your design. We will look at fabric, threads, embellishments and tools, and use the afternoon to develop a stitch plan which will include a good investigation into the various ways of transferring patterns.

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Students will get the most out of this class if they come prepared with a clear idea of the piece they want to work on, as this will provide the focus of the day.

Everything you need will be available to use in class but feel free to bring your own sketchbook if you use one, and any reference materials or materials you would wish to use in your embroidery.

As a self-taught artist, ultimately this day is about inspiring confidence in your own abilities to be empowered in your own creativity, and overcome any fears or hesitations you may have.

This 4 hour workshop takes place at SEWMANCE, a community space dedicated to bringing creatives from Brighton and beyond, together to explore.
SEWMANCEhome, The Crypt, St George’s Church, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 IED.

Places are very limited and cost £65 each.

Contact me to book, or book through my Facebook page here.

 

Exhibition opens this Thursday!

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Please join me for the launch of this year’s Remembrance Day for Lost Species exhibition: Extinct Icons and Ritual Burials.

Honouring lost and threatened species and ways of life, this group exhibition features my work, photography by Megan Powell, installation by Clare Whistler, textiles by OX Art, specimens from the Booth Museum of Natural History and accompanying poetry.
See here for more information about the project and accompanying events.
Date: Thursday 23 November
Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm
Address: O N C A 14 St Georges Place, Brighton BN1 4GB

The exhibition runs until 10th December. You will also be able to buy posters and art cards of the Extinct Icons series there (also available in my Etsy shop).

I hope to see you there!

Saint Benjamin

Saint Benjamin

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Right back in January, I had intended this to be the second Icon I was to make. But some friends and my better judgement persuaded me to enter the Women’s Hour Crafts Council prize, and this was my entrant for the piece I would display if successful. I wasn’t. Here he is.

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It’s an interesting facet of working like that though: I designed it months before, and at the time I had envisaged all the icons having quite similar halos and design elements. But as always I evolved throughout the project and so when it came to realising my original design, I was initially worried it now seemed too simple.

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As I’d progressed through the series, I had incorporated a lot of symbolism as I usually do, and now looking at and researching the Thylacine, I couldn’t find many threads to pull on, to weave into this design.

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My original design took as its focus the physical appearance of the Thylacine, a brown and black stripy animal, as the main characteristic of the Icon.

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By this point I had also amassed a wealth of bronze and copper materials and deciding not to second guess myself, proceeded with the shape and composition as I had originally envisaged it.

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I actually found designing with these colours quite challenging, as balancing the metallic tones of rose gold and copper, and bronze and brown, with black was tricky to not have them fighting with each other.

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It was the goldwork that was the star of the show though.

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I was using a basic cutwork technique, but alternating copper wire check with smooth purl over felt padding. Each one of the rays took about an hour.

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Truth be told, I actually started this piece before Our Lady of The Flowers but had to abandon it about this stage as I was waiting on materials to come which ended up taking forever to arrive. Not ideal.

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Here I have edged the alternate rays in copper pearl purl and then used two types of check to fill them in chip work – copper bright check and bronze wire check – and arranged them in an ombre pattern.

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Again I was worried about the two tones clashing but was actually quite pleased with the way the bronze picked up the tone of the bugle beads.

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I carried on with this ombre motif with the infilling of bronze and black 3mm sequins.

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Pleasing.

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The finishing touches:

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Although I fretted about the apparent lack of symbolism in this piece as compared to the others, out of curiosity I looked up where Carnelian comes from, and was pleased to find one of its sources is Tasmania.

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Knowing the obvious great stretches of time it takes for the earth to ‘grow’ these minerals, I felt quite moved when considering the (albeit remote) possibility that these carnelians could have come from Tasmania, and could have been in the ground when Thylacines still roamed wild there.

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\\ Saint Benjamin //
The Thylacine was the largest known carnivorous marsupial, and the last member of the family Thylacinidae. Also known as the Tasmanian Tiger or Wolf, it was a shy, nocturnal creature similar to a medium/large dog except for it’s pouch and dark tiger stripes on its back.
Intensive hunting encouraged by bounties, combined with the introduction of dogs and human encroachment into its habitat wiped them out in 1930.
The last captive Thylacine, Benjamin, lived in the Hobart Zoo for 3 years. He died on 7th September 1936 as a result of neglect – locked out of his sleeping quarters, he succumbed to exposure. Last year (2016) was the 80th anniversary of the loss of this species.

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I now have poster prints and art-cards available of this series in my Etsy shop. The Witch of St Kilda poster is already sold out so be quick if you want to grab anything!

*** Workshop spots still available – details here!***

Our Lady Of The Flowers

Our Lady Of The Flowers

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This one started differently, and with a lot of stumpwork again.

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After it was confirmed that I would have my work on display at Onca Gallery for their Remembrance Day for Lost Species I wanted to make an Extinct Icon that specifically related to their theme for this year – Pollinators.

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I knew immediately that it had to be a fruit bat. The importance of bats as a species has been close to my heart since I took part in a conservation project in Malaysia in my early 20s.

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Bats are the bees of the tropical world, is something I’m fond of saying.

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Three of the most important crops they pollinate are cocoa, banana and agave, amongst over 500 others we in the west are used to enjoying.

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Bats are massively threatened by habitat loss – rainforests cut down for palm oil plantations being a big one.

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So I was inspired by religious iconography from the tropical world, usually the Virgin Mary surrounded by very colourful flora and fauna (think Our Lady of Guadalupe).

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I’ve not made detached slips so heavily beaded before and they were obviously a lot heavier than just embroidered ones.

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I knew this one would be smaller given the comparative scale of a bat’s skull so I switched to my hoop.

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The moon is a nod to the nocturnal habits of this species.

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As is the starry sky here.

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Assembly…

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To combat the heaviness of the slips they were both plunged to the reverse as well as sewn along the sides, creating sort of cups.

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In the United States bats provide an estimated $3.7bn in insect control, but in much of the rest of the world they are woefully under researched.
Many pollinating species of bats have already become extinct, like the Dark Flying Fox of Mauritius and Reunion, or the Guam Flying Fox, due to hunting from settlers, or habitat loss from mono culture farming like oil palm. But we just don’t know how many species may be threatened.

*** 25th November Masterclass is SOLD OUT!
BUT the good news is, due to popular demand I’m running another one on 2nd December! Only 3 spots left so move fast if you wanna make your own homage to the pollinators – details here!***