I went to visit an exhibition about Thai Textiles in Casa Asia, a fantastic Asian cultural centre in Barcelona. Apart from organizing events and courses, they have a specialised library and media archive and three floors dedicated to exhibitions, all inside Palau Barò de Quadras, a beautiful Art Nouveau (Modernisme) building with a gorgeous view over the city centre. You can have a quick look at the exhibition and the building in this video.
(picture from http://www.craftmaker.co.uk/dionneswift/) My favorite artist exhibition at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Dublin was the one by Dionne Swift. The first picture is one of her devore works on velvet. She also sells kits to experiment this technique and teaches textile art workshops in her studio. (pictures from www.dionneswift.co.uk)These are two of her collagraphic prints on thick felt. Being used to see this kind of work on paper, I find that the surface of felt really gives it a very interesting dimension. Loved... [Lire la suite]
Last week I visited the Knitting and Stitching Show at RDS in Dublin. I dedicated a day and a half to the show, the first day to see the exhibitions and browse the stalls and the second day to buy things. I thought it was a good way to avoid rushing through the shops and buying on impulse (and spending too much...) Looking at this picture and considering this is just a small part of the things I bought I am not completely sure that I succeded on my saving plan.But I couldn't resist buying this lovely shades of merino wool and silk... [Lire la suite]
A couple of weeks ago I visited the Interior Design and Art Fair at RDS Dublin. I came home with two artist in my mind. This is what I saw in the exhibition:Flying Souls and a Cross, 2009, gesso/oil on board, 30.5x28cm, by Fionnuala D'Arcy exhibiting with the Fenderesky Gallery from Belfast. I totally loved the contrast of the bright greens against the background and the marks on the painted surfaces (that you cannot see in the photographs, unfortunately) Another one by Fionnuala D'Arcy:Birds' Trails, 2009, gesso/oil on board,... [Lire la suite]
The International Fiber Collaborative organized this community project called Interdependence. Over 7,000 textile leaves arrived from all over the world to contribute to the making of this full size tree that was exhibited in April. You can browse pictures of the single leaves here. The idea was to represent how communities are interelated and depend on each other, as the leaves of a tree. (photo International Fiber Collaborative via Pin Tangle)
Last February I visited the exhibition 'Northern Stars, Southern Lights' of Finnish artists at the National Gallery of Ireland. My absolute favorite artist of the exhibition was the stunning Finnish painter Helene Schjerfbeck, of whom the following three pictures were shown: Self portrait, 1912. Girl on the sand, 1912. The seamstress, 1903. I think Girl on the sand was by far the best painting in the exhibition. In reality the colours are much more intense than you can see in this picture. And the portrait, with that... [Lire la suite]