PERSONAL LEARNING – EXHIBTION – TALES OF THE UNFINISHABLE

EXHIBITION REVIEW – TALES OF THE UNFINISHABLE

New Brewery Arts – Cirencester

I for one, have lots of unfinished projects, UFO’s some people call them, unfinished objects. The current exhibition at New Brewery Arts caught my imagination as I was intrigued by the stories behind the pieces as to why the maker has never or will never complete them but still holds onto it, perhaps in the hope that they may. The room is filled with a large fabric pavilion that you enter almost as soon you walk into the space encouraging you to become engrossed by the visual display of “work in progress” whilst half listening to the background auditory aspect of the personal stories behind why a piece was not completed. Some are quite moving, connected to loved ones dying whilst others are more familiar than that, the creator simply lost interest. This is a touring exhibition and one that evolves constantly as more and more people donate their unfinished textiles along with a personal story.

The fabric pavillion

The fabric pavillion

inside the pavillion

inside the pavilion

unfinished rag rug - gives interesting details

unfinished rag rug – gives interesting details

Needle for hand embroidery remains where it was left - suspended in time.

Needle for hand embroidery remains where it was left – suspended in time.

Patchwork - been left for so long the silk has rotted.

Patchwork – been left for so long the silk has rotted.

unfinished jumper from 1970's - kept although it was never going to be finished.

unfinished jumper from 1970’s – kept although it was never going to be finished.

very interesting back to the patchwork as the paper used is from the 1940 -1950 period.

very interesting back to the patchwork as the paper used is from the 1940 -1950 period.

They are calling for work that meets the following criteria:

  • has been unfinished for some time but somehow you can’t discard or rework it
  • is not a piece that has been halted purely due to lack of time
  • has a story – a reason why it has come to a halt or why it can’t be discarded
1970's magazine paper used as template. Saying so much about the hay day of this type of craft.

1970’s magazine paper used as template. Saying so much about the hay day of this type of craft.

Donated by Dionne swift

Donated by Dionne swift

Donated by Louise Baldwin

Donated by Louise Baldwin

I am considering doing this but I intend to attend the workshop first Unfinished Textiles where the idea is to donate to a ‘pool’ of pieces where they will be deconstructed, reconstructed, recycled and re-made into a more resolved bit of work.

Venue link – http://www.newbreweryarts.org.uk/making-a-visit/main-gallery-exhibitions/tales-of-the-unfinishable#sthash.A3ASWJEB.dpuf

This entry was posted in LEVEL 2 - Personal learning - Exhibitions, LEVEL 2 - TEXTILES 2 : Contemporary Practice, RESEARCH AND REFLECTION and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

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