The Eastern Region Textile Forum, holds a selected exhibition every two years or so. Selected by an independent guest Curator. So this body of work was actually completed for submission by photograph last September. So its been a while to keep hidden.
The topic of this Exhibition was 'Eastern Images' - which covers anything within the Forum area or far afield to the exotic East.
Many years ago a textile artist told me, 'you only ever need about 5 topics/themes to work on, and they will last a lifetime'. So having never tried this out, I thought, give it a go. Living a few miles from the Estuary, what better than Beach Huts. I have made some previous work with this inspiration, and now it was time to revisit and try some 3d versions!
So for the ERTF Exhibition I made 5 huts. These suit my liking for things which are the same, but different.
The design, construction etc are all pure me, no using someone else's templates.
some of the design stagesI measured, cut, constructed, photographed and pondered the little buildings for ages. Eventually I found size, shape and detail I was happy with, which seemed to look OK... I just hoped my copy paper mock ups would work when using the intended paper. There did need to be a bit of wiggle room, but hard to measure a 'smidge'.
The Huts are stitched, perhaps minimally in some cases, and in others there is hand stitching and embellishment. Some are painted, some printed, some distress painted... another thing to work out how to do without buying the fancy made for product.
Waterside Parade. My imagination is sparked, and on the list for returning to the topic is the character of each Hut.... who, why, what, stories to tell.
The exhibition continues until 7th March... and I will be at the venue on a Meet the Makers Day on Thursday 27th Feb - click here to the website, poster with full details.