FRESH AIR 2013 – June 2013
Held every 2 years is an open air sculpture show in Quenington, Gloucestershire titled Fresh Air. I am very fortunate that this is only a few miles away from me and it never fails to impress or to inspire me. I visited this year with an additional reason and that was to note artefacts that had been inspired by the natural world as a research point (Textile 2 Contemporary Practice, Part 2; Exploring Materials, Project; Biomimicry). There are of course some traditional sculptural pieces in the show cast in Bronze etc but the emphasis is very much on the unexpected. The artwork is for sale but for me the exhibition is more about pushing and questioning where the boundaries of sculpture lie. Photos relating to the research point are in the sketchbook and shown in Biomimicry project. For general interest the following are pictures of work that is textile related.
Jennifer Norris – Bonded and laminated PVC with synthetic fabrics to create unique stitched architectural sculptures £620
Jennifer Norris – Bonded and stitched PVC and cottons £310
Shona Watt – Mixed Habotai silk panels with stitch and applique £1385
Yarn Over – a collective of 3 Bath School of Art, Textile graduates: Annabel Williams, Olivia Straker and Joanna Priest, who all work as textile designers in their own right have come together to create knitted installations around the country. With a passion for yarn they believe in creating beauty through combining their skills and delivering dynamic works that are intelligent and beautiful.
Anna Glasbrook – Floating series #4 – Anna creates dynamic stitched architectural installations that vibrate with colour and movement. Exploring light, surface and colour in the urban and rural environment, she pushes the boundaries of textiles to produce bespoke three-dimensional pieces suitable for wall-hanging or as screens, panels and space dividers for interior and exterior. £1.800