As we welcome in the New Year, with winter still on our doorstep why not wrap up with something from our Box Gallery this January. Jane Withers and Michael Hanmer of Janie Knitted Textiles will be providing machine knitted wraps. They use lambswool and British wool on hand operated knitting machines to create contemporary fabrics. If a hat is more your thing, we have Barbara Cassell’s wool hats. Her handmade hats are decorated with machine and hand embroidery
Delightful Start to 2010 Ropewalk Workshops
The 2010 programme of workshops at Ropewalk Contemporary Art & Craft in Barton upon Humber gets off to a crafty start with tutor Linda Westerman on Saturday, January 9.
“Bags of Delight” will see students spending the day producing a small decorative bag worked in hand embroidery.
“The embroidery will be carried out using a mixture of unusual threads and fabrics,” explained The Ropewalk’s Education Officer, Ellie Collins.
Ellie went on to say that machine embroidery can be incorporated into the bag but a sewing machine was not essential.
“Students need to bring along needles, a mixture of embroidery threads as well as any unusual threads and scraps of fabrics and beads if these are available,” she went on. “Further bits and pieces will be supplied by Linda to dip into throughout the workshop.”
The cost of the workshop, which runs from 10.30am until 4.30pm, is £30 or £27 for Ropewalk members and there will be an additional charge of £1.50 for a small pack of items needed to make the bag which will include painted canvas, string and beads.
For more details or to book a place on the workshop please contact 01652 660380.
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To understand these spaces I go back to the basics, exploring weight, line, form, tension and light dismantling the structure extracting key elements, and distilling them into purified line, and form. This process of pulling apart, layering and removing helps me to understand what I’m seeing and what it is important to me.
The results can be complex, but they are the real and imagined interactions with that space.
SPACE URCHINS, DARK MATTER AND POSITIVE ENERGIES.
For thousands of years humankind has pondered the mysteries of the Universe. Through mathematical calculations many truths have been determined. Philosophers have imagined and declared some bizarre and unlikely theories about the Cosmos, and as Space Technology has advanced, some speculations have become plausible. The world of Science Fiction has become indistinguishable from main stream Cosmolology, Astro- physics and Mathematics.
I use my Art work as a vehicle to applaud and join in with these exciting ways of considering our Universe.
Black Holes, Parallel Galaxies and Dark Matter are phenomena that I have been attempting to represent through my drawings and printmaking.
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This year Gallery One is dedicated to Christmas Craft. A colourful festive display of handmade gifts including handknits, homewares,tree decorations, frames, cards and the occasional robin.
Our annual showcase for The Ropewalk’s Studio Artists
This exhibition features new work that has developed from a common starting point. During 2012 and 2013, both artists took part in a kind of artistic ‘Chinese Whispers’, with eight practitioners working in a variety of media each responding to work produced (in secret) by another member of the group. One particular piece, a painting by Hilary, precipitated a ceramic piece in response by Barbara that she wished to explore further. That proved to be the starting point for a new body of work from both artists which is exhibited here.
Barbara’s ceramic work often examines eroded and neglected surfaces, particularly using saggar firing to evoke a distressed finish on a smooth, burnished form.
Hilary says ‘This exhibition is an experiment in mixed media, combining past experiences in the painter’s studio with new skills from the jeweller’s workshop. It has been exciting trying combinations of metal and paint, forging and casting, glazing and scumbling, resulting in new discoveries unearthed from past practices.’