How long have you been creating work using taxidermy?
I started creating my work in 2014 when I was studying Decorative Arts at Nottingham Trent University.
Your specimens are all ethically sourced. All of your pieces have such character and perfectly portray the animals used. Can you say something about your passion for animals and why you want to create such unique pieces?
‘’The idea for this series of paintings came from a simple wish to bring the outdoors inside, and an initial vision of how I would love to see images of life-sized animals leaping around the space. My desire is to capture the sense of the animal, their very nature and traits and of course, their beauty. The deer in particular, have been a joy to paint, the lightness and skittishness of their personality make them all the more intriguing; I love that they hide and watch so carefully then bound away into the shelter of trees and foliage.”
In this latest film on Makers and Making commissioned by SITselect for the Select Festival 2017, Valerie Michael and Neil MacGregor talk about their work.
MacGregor & Michael create beautiful and lovingly crafted leather goods from their studio in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Meet Val and Neil in their Tetbury studio (studio 33) in May 2017 during the Select Trail where you can buy and commission their work.
Cleo Mussi creates inspiring and extraordinary work using discarded china. In this artist interview, filmed by Katie Watson, Cleo talks about her interests in environmental issues and new work involving weeds.
Meet Cleo at Frogmarsh Mill during the Select Trail where you can buy and commission her work. The Trail is open May 6/7 & 13/14 2017 – find out more on the SIT select website sitselect.org/sitselecttrail.html
Jilly Edwards, a Patron & Ambassador for SIT select, is a contemporary tapestry weaver. She always travels with sketchbooks, journals and reading books so she can record moments and memories, recording these responses in quick gestural marks, whether of colour, shapes, textures or words. So when she returns to the studio she has an ‘aide memoire’ to help embellish her ideas. SIT select filmed Jilly in her new home and studio in Bristol.
Anna S King has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in the UK, Europe and Internationally for the past 50 years.
She studied at Gray’s School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art. A retrospective of her work was held at National Museum of Scotland in 2007 and she has exhibited at Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects and SOFA Chicago.
Date: 1st -31st July 2016
Opening Times: Thursday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
Venue: Hallidays Mill, London Road,Chalford, Stroud GL6 8NR, UK
This exhibition celebrates the art of printmaking and will feature an exclusive selection of contemporary printmakers from all over the country. Included in the exhibition will be linocuts by Melvyn Evans and Lucy Farley.
Ceramics by Rowan Whimster – Papier mache by Gill Hackett
Further artists to be announced. On show will be a range of techniques including screen prints, linocuts, etchings and wood engravings. Further artists to be announced and all works will be for sale.
How have textiles developed and evolved since the Industrial Revolution? How have they shaped lives? How has technology changed the production of textiles? Can textiles be used as a tool for reading social history? Do all cultures interact with textiles in the same way?
This textile history course will analyse modern textile outcomes, focusing on technological, social and cultural developments. We will explore modern material developments from the Industrial Revolution to the present day. The course will analyse at a broad selection of textile pieces and practices from a variety of disciplines, including: fashion; interiors; craft; and architecture.
If you would like to explore modern material developments, join us Tuesday evenings at SGS College, Stroud.