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Inspiration can strike at any time but many artists develop a line of enquiry that anchors their work in p ersonal experience. This issue, our cover is graced by one of Sue Stone's striking embroideries from her series: 63 A Self Portrait (p 32). I'm fascinated by this pictorial narrative and how it speaks of heritage, community and family. Upon viewing Per Fhager's larger than life artworks, I knew we had to feature them. Just as writers are encouraged to write what they know, Per has been busy stitching the classic videogrames he's enjoyed all his life (p22), in the process exploring embroidery stitches old and new. Australian Jane Théau feels her work is a way to communicate her concerns in the public sphere (p38) and a way to stimulate debate. Similarly the Textile Study Group (p44) are tackling issues in much the same way. What impassions you so much you simply have to make work about it? We'd love to hear from you!
ON THE COVER: KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU
Sue Stone's portraiture in stitch reflects not just on an inner world but identifies ideas of the self through the prism of heritage, belonging, family and community. Sue's first major solo exhibition in 2009 was "Woman with a Fish" and the term has since become a form of pseudonym, the name she has used for her website and a means by which her practice has come to be identified. She explains "The fish is a symbol of my heritage. I was born in Grimsby and grew up in the 1950s and 60s when the fishing industry was at its height. My great grandfather and my husband's grandfather were both trawler skippers and my father was a fish merchant. They were all really strong characters. It was something ingrained into the people, especially the women". Sue is exhbiting at three venues in 2017. www.womanwithafish.com
Textiles Decoded: Alice Kettle
New works by Alice Kettle provide a view into our stitch heritage whilst commenting on the present. Collaboration, stitch tradition, interpretation and story telling - just some of the tenets that infuse the unique practice of Alice Kettle, as revealed by a new diptych of embroideries by the artist. Made in response to two projects in 2016 - "Signficance: Responding to Collections" (a collaboration between Manchester School of Art and Gawthorpe Textiles Collection) and a residency, during which Alice worked with women in Madeira - they weave a narrative from what might at first glance, appear unconnected, disparate subjects.
News: Julia Sorrell - Reverence
Julia Sorrell was the first artist to be awarded the ACE Foundation TravelArt Award. She used it to travel to Orkney where she completed a unique body of work including a series of paintiings and watercolours as well as the textil sculpture Revererence. All can be viewed on her website www.juliasorrell.com
Drawing Air: Jane Théau's work appears lighter than air but poses questions about the nature of sustainability
Jane's work is barely there but packs a huge punch. Fashioned from thread and weighting just a few grams they pose questions on the nature of sustainability, history and process. "I love the metaphorical possibilities of ravelling and unravelling, fraying and weaving, warp and weft." www.janetheau.com
Drawn Threads: A decade of creating artworks in denim sees Ian Berry's practice soar to new heights
Even up close it is no simple matter to perceive the individual pieces of cloth that makes up the staggeringly complex photorealist images that Ian Berry creates from pairs of old jeans. Whether viewed in print, online or even at arm's length, the works are often misidentified as blue-toned photographs rather than handmade works of art. In painstaking process Ian collages layers of shapes cut from different shades of faded denim that form mosaics of striking, life-like scenes. www.ianberry.org
Pixel Perfect: Per Fhager is building a huge audience for his large-scale hand embroidered works inspired by classic videogames
Per Fhager grew up on the island of Donso on the west coast of Sweden. After graduating in fashion design at Beckmans College of Design, Stockholm he went into textile design for Swedish branch Polarn O Pyret and product graphic design for LEGO. Although he remains a freelance designer, he is becoming known for his large-scale needlepoint works inspired by classic videogames. www.steneprojects.se/Per-Fhager
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