TVCT’s challenge for Exhibition in 2016
Key points to note for entering a piece for exhibition.
· Create a piece inspired by a garment, which can be an item of clothing, shoes or handbags. The piece can be a wall piece or 3D.
· Wall pieces must be designed to be hung on the wooden coat hangers (top or trousers), provided by TVCT. Maximum overall width is 3 hangers. 3D pieces will be placed on plinths. Please discuss with us your ideas for displaying 3D. Pieces must be finished to exhibition standard.
· Please provide a photo of your ‘inspirational garment’ on or before the meeting on 21st November 2015.
· Entry is restricted to members who attend meetings.
· A completed Submission Form and entry fee of £10 need to be brought to the meeting on 21st November 2015. Cheques payable to TVCT.
· The final deadline for finished work is the meeting on 23rd January 2016 (no postal submissions).
· A label showing the maker’s name and address and the work’s title needs to be attached to the back of the piece. The hanger/s need to be included with the work.
· The work will be transported several times, (possibly in the rain) - from the TVCT meeting, for selection, to exhibiting venues and back. Please provide suitable named, and reusable packaging materials.
· We cannot guarantee to hang work that is difficult or impractical to display. The venues may also limit us on the number of pieces we can display. If your work is not hung we will return your entry fee.
· Your work will need to be collected from the TVCT meeting on 21st May 2016. If you are unable to collect your work on this date in person, you must make prior arrangements for the return of your work.
· You will need make your own insurance arrangement.
Further information is available here.
Entry forms are available by contacting us.
Please bring any finished pieces or work in progress to the meeting on 21st November so that we can take some publicity photos.
There are some wonderful examples of Jo’s work on her website - http://www.jmdecorativeart.co.uk/index.php. Jo, who is also a member of the Worshipful Company of Painters and Stainers, works primarily with pieces of antique lace. She alters the surface of these delicate fabrics with painting and gilding to produce unique decorative items. Some of these are framed, some are made into jewellery and others are used as patterning for interior design.
Jo spoke about the development of her practice, her training and her years in teaching and showed images of her diverse work. She is now extending her working practice to include surfaces such as glass, leather, plastics and wood veneer.
Jo presented a very comprehensive account of her practice; however I would have liked to have learned more about the very basics of the gilding process. I found the small fragments of lace coloured with metallic pigments very effective. The delicate sheen of colour complemented the elegance of the patterned lace in which you can still see every stitch and twist of thread. I found the negative prints created by the lace pieces on plain and coloured backgrounds particularly interesting. These retained a sense of the antique cloth in a very real sense due to the prints not always appearing complete or whole.
In the afternoon Jo led a workshop using metallic foils which we transferred to pieces of cloth using bondaweb and other adhesive films which acted as the glue, producing very effectively decorated samples.
As ever, Thames Valley Contemporary Textiles offered its audience a different perspective of textile practice much appreciated by its members and guests.
Jo Mabbutt – Metallics Workshop Materials List of Suppliers
Metallic Transfer Foil:
Available in packs and also off the roll from Applicraft www.applicraft.co.uk
Real Metal Leaf:
Transfer leaf (on wax paper) available in books of 25 sheets from:
o A S Handover www.handover.co.uk
o Wright’s of Lymm www.stonehouses.co.uk
o Gold Leaf Supplies www.goldleafsupplies.co.uk
Available in different weights, packs and rolls from:
o Spunart www.spunart.co.uk
o Other craft websites
Available in packs or on a roll from:
o Rainbow Silks www.rainbowsilks.co.uk
o Other craft websites
Fuse FX - gossamer fusible web:
Occasionally available in small packs from Art Van Go www.artvango.co.uk
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