On Friday I headed up to Manchester to meet up with fellow members of Cwilt Cymru . After a very productive meeting over lunch in the restaurant of the Whitworth, I had a look round the exhibition 'Art_Textiles' which had an interesting selection of works, the highlights for me above.
The piece by Magdelena Abacanowicz I last saw a few years ago at Tate Modern along with work by Do Ho Suh . His new work was also represented in this show but a departure from his 1:1 scale fabrications of buildings ( an image of which I chose for my Art Fund membership card).
It's interesting to see work again in a different context and with new neighbours!
With my fascination with amulets , I loved how Abdoulaye Konate had referenced amulet covered hunters shirts ( there was an antique warriers tunic on display alongside)
The ethereal piece Quis Est Iste Qui Venit by Jessica Rankin , stitched on organza , cast wonderful shadows and the more you looked the more you saw , with its' combination of seemingly unconnected words and images.
There were several pieces by Susan Collis with drop cloths and overalls with what looked like paint stains but that were actually minutely and intricately stitched, work 'investigating ideas around perception, craft and the value of workmanship'.
I wished I'd kept my old labcoats with the poppers no longer functioning, mysterious stains and laundry marks and fraying holes!
In a similar vein, in Beverly Ayling Smith's piece remembering, repeating and working through, tearing patching and mending are used to convey the experience of bereavement. Her work at the Society of Designer Craftsmen was my favourite earlier in the year. I'm still thinking of discussions about burial and winding cloths from Rydal Hall retreat and how best to work with some of my indigo dyed fragments of antique quilts to enhance their worn and fragile qualities.