|Ethos & History
You have to include one image of the chosen art work or artist to be displayed during the exhibition. This led to much discussion as to whether the image should be displayed next to the work, or the images should be displayed separately. Perhaps too, artists should consider editing very long Artist's Statements. Jeanette stated that artworks were completed in the mind of the viewer anyway.
We also discussed whether to include invited artists who work 3 dimensionally..
Regarding the planned Fibreworks exhibition: See the recent wonderful work in the Rijks Museum competition - all work entered had to be inspired by work in the Rijks Museum collection:
FIBREWORKS WEB SITE http://www.fibreworksart.com
Odette, Helga and Rod have redesigned the Fibreworks web site. Please send your images and written information regarding the works, by the end of May 2017 to Helga for uploading on the new web site. If you have any queries, contact her at email@example.com
NEWS FROM MEMBERS
Letter from Fiona Kirkwood:
I was contacted once again by the Director of World Textile Art in the USA, to be the representative for the organization in South Africa from 2016-2019. The exhibitions in the attachments are to be held next year 2017 in Montevideo Uruguay.
Please contact Fiona directly if you are interested in participating in the World Textile Art. Fiona's email address : firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note the closing date has changed.
In February and March I did an Artist's Residency at Arquetopia in Puebla, Mexico. I also chose to include a three week goldgilding and estofado course, taught by the restorer at Santa Monica Religious Art Museum in Puebla.
On my first day in Puebla, the gilding instructor with the green hair said : "Puebla is a Baroque City. We Mexicans are a Baroque people. Even our food is Baroque." I wondered if the student volunteer who translated from Spanish for me, got her terminology wrong.
Later, when had I sampled the mix of tastes in the food, when I had walked the streets to photograph the heady mix of styles, colours and designs in Puebla's hundreds of churches, his analogy helped me to appreciate Mexican Baroque architecture, as well as the sensations on my palate.
Arquetopia offers a magical place to be creative in: A blood red house to live in. A purple chest of drawers, a purple rag rug and handwoven blue bedspread in your bedroom. Colour combinations you would never have dreamt of, everywhere around you. Ornate golden decorations inside churches that simply overwhelm you! World class museums. Meals such as grated chicken on crisp tacos with two different moles, or cactus leaves covered in cheese fried in a batter, always served with a delicious soup and a salad. Fellow artists of a high calibre sharing studio space, artistic ups and downs, as well fun outings.
We were given readings on Mexico, as well as on very interesting art related topics to do weekly. Why are there no great women artists? How does the context of the viewer influence the interpretation of your work? What I found most stimulating was weekly discussions with two of the directors on these readings, as well as on my work, or on anything else I wished to. It was like being back at university, getting pieces of Francisco Guevara's wisdom that I will chew on for years:" Masterpieces are always universal". "Play with scale to capture the viewer's interest"….I want to go back for more!
Mexico has an incredibly rich heritage of folk art and handcraft. Pieces of weaving and embroidery are for sale everywhere. Indigenous women embroider their blouses with designs which indicate which village they are from. It is a fibre artist's dream! This time the project I proposed to work on entailed painting sacred places combined with local handcraft. Next time it may very well be embroidering or weaving these same concepts, as these techniques are offered at another residence run by the same foundation in beautiful Oaxaca, famous for its handcrafts.
INTERESTING WEBSITES, BLOGS, EXHIBITIONS etc.
David Taylor - on applique
CALL FOR ENTRIES
National Craft Competition 2017: Celebrating Excellence in Skill
Sanlam Portrait Award
Transparency - Art & Design Competition - The Embassy of Sweden in association with the FADA Gallery at the University of Johannesburg
Luxembourg Art Prize
2017 World Quilt Competition, USA
MAY 15, 2017 is the deadline date for entry form and .jpg images. Contact Odette for an entry form: odetteT@iafrica.com