It is that time of year again- show season for York Textile Artists. Our main exhibition this year is back at the York Cemetery Chapel. Sadly not a Gothic edifice dripping with Romanticism, but a bright, cheerful and logical Georgian building (with underfloor heating!) We have new members to celebrate and new things from all of the ‘old’ ones – it promises to be an exciting mix of styles and approaches.
As usual I am well prepared – still completing key pieces of work and individual greeting cards. I have had a recent aberration and have been working with paint as much as stitch, switching to a heavy bodied acrylic which doesn’t go so plasticy on fabric. When frustrated by the machine, I could just throw some paint around and move the problem on. I have also discovered that ironing it unprotected is not a good idea. ( just do not iron oil paint either)
The current piece in progress is one of these – a merging of media and technique with the help or hindrance of torn offcuts of paintings and fabric – the Landscape Fragments series. Working out exactly how to stitch on this has been fun – what is the point of colour matching and just going over the paint. The stitch has to be an equal contributor to the final image, so it has to add or contrast, not just follow. In some areas I got it right and it works with out fuss, in others it took work. The sky was a particular pain- trying to balance the intensity, pattern and colour of stitching! I was trying to keep the sense of space and immediacy of the initial sketch , the trees and ground remain as sketchy suggestions, but is it disjointed rather than open? It is going through the leave it phase to see if any more work is needed, but it hasn’t spoken to me, or grumbled so I guess it is done.
The next question will be mixed media or textiles – or dismiss as irrelevant…
The other exhibitions I am involved with at present are with the York Westside Artists group. We have just opened a showcase exhibition at the Art in the Mill Gallery, Knaresborough- for such a disparate group of artists it does look amazingly coherent. That runs until the end of November. If you are in the the Leeds area is only a short step north, between Harrogate and the A1- just wait until you see the castle!
And after all this is done? There is another Westies’ show at the Pyramid Gallery in York , starting in January!