Unravelling the message. Prism at the Mall Galleries 2014, an exhibition of contemporary textiles.
The international textile group PRISM returns to the Mall Galleries with the first of a two part show.
For 2014 PRISM presents a collection of thought-provoking and expressive artworks that respond to the exhibition title Coded : Decoded. With a combination of wall-based pieces, 3 dimensional work, and collaboration, individual interpretations promise both conundrum and disclosure.
The second part of the Show, with entirely different work, will take place in the autumn in three separate venues as part of the Knitting and Stitching Shows. Please see www.prismtextiles.co.uk for more information.
Traditionally May 5th is Boys’ Day in Japan and commemorated with koi windsocks flown to celebrate children’s happiness and gratitude to mothers. This work reminds us that reduced fish stocks in our oceans is still an issue and female cod are important in refilling our seas.
Liz Harding continues her examination of landscape and of the potential of paint and stitch on cotton organdie. Stitch is a prime means of articulating the formal structure of composition and of embedding meaning into the surface of the cloth.
The infinite variety of plants is amazing and how they adapt to their surroundings. The teasel is a strange plant but rather beautiful with its distinctive shape. The teasel was used by textile workers in the past to card fleece before spinning.
Yumiko responds to the title “coded: decoded” by creating her stitch drawing, “A Secret Message- Sakura (Cherry Blossom)”. Cherry blossoms convey poetic meanings for the Japanese culture. The design has developed from the question; why is the sakura such a strong symbol for the Japanese people?
London, narrative and history always feature in Bea’s work and this piece is no exception. These are the post-coded’ parcels’ to be de-coded and delivered by the postman to iconic London sites.
Daily walks inform Consuelo Simpson’s practice and her work is an affectionate celebration of the gentle countryside surrounding her home. The work is about the exhilaration of being in the landscape and inspiration comes from the traces left by man and nature on the land.
Celia’s work looks at found objects and their connectivity to the person associated with them. Clothing in particular carries an imprint of the absent presence and re-presentation of these objects awakens associations, memories and emotions, linking to the original wearer.
Charles Babbage proposed division of labour in manufacture according to skills. This series of automata shows the stages in garment manufacture in a tailor’s workroom. The tape measure was invented by tailors in the early 19th Century and is still the most efficient way to work out someone’s size.
Founded as a textile exhibiting group in 1999 by the late Julia Caprara, Prism members are drawn from across the world and represent all regions of the UK. In 2009 Prism entered a new independent phase, retaining a focus on showcasing high quality fine art textile practice and craftsmanship. Our aim is to exhibit work of the highest quality, highlighting the breadth of textile practice and challenging notions of the textile as decorative and domestic.
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