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At the meeting in Pietermaritzburg in March, we all decided that it would be a great idea to have a fibre based collaborative installation as a feature of this significant members' exhibition. We're now Twenty, after all!
Involving the public in a collaborative artwork will be a fun and engaging way to draw members of the Durban public into the gallery. People will therefore be invited to not only look at our work but to participate in a textile 'event' that will organically unfold during the course of our exhibition. The KZNSA also thought it was a great educational idea as we will be promoting awareness of the creative and therapeutic benefits of hand-stitching and imparting skills where requested and where necessary.
Since it will bring together - hopefully, different elements of the community - cultures, ages, sexes, etc. - it also has a dimension of 'out-reach', which is a good box to tick!
The KZNSA, advertising this project on their various media platforms, will specifically target orphanages and school groups who will be invited to participate and stitch/sew/glue a Square of their thoughts. Any thoughts? This will be displayed on the floor in the middle of the gallery as an expanding installation. Random, interested members of the public too, can participate and add their 'thoughts' to the growing body of our TEXT-TILE installation. Interestingly, and significantly, the little squares of fabric will be the Tiles on which the Text will be displayed.
During the Fibreworks walkabout, on Saturday 13th October, I am quite happy to talk to the public about our Running Thoughts project, should there be an interest or queries that have been generated on the KZNSA social media. Optimistically, the installation will really get underway the following week.
Our Proposal: how it will work
A Fibreworks member will sit at a table in the gallery demonstrating simple hand-stitching/printing/knitting/collaging/gluing words and/or images onto a fabric base. Squares of material, various kinds of recycled objects e.g. aluminum pull-tabs, buttons etc. will be on display and available to use. We will also supply basic joining materials e.g. pins, glue and thread. Members of the public are also invited to explore their homes for interesting found objects, images and text that could be incorporated into their Squares to be brought back to the gallery later.
We will have displayed on the floor of the gallery all the Squares that have been sent by the participating Fibreworks members. This will kick start the installation. Now you can understand why we need you to send us Squares with your artwork!
I imagine that this will generate curiosity and conversation and the member can then explain what's necessary to take part in this community tactile performance.
As the work grows and becomes over the next two weeks, it will be documented photographically. It could morph into different shapes, introducing an element of playfulness, perhaps. Its dismantling too will be captured and thereafter the participants are free to take their work home. Like Christo's Running Fence, the artwork's value lies in the collaborative making of it, rather than a completed and finished end product. (This also serves as a wonderful contrast to all the works on the gallery walls). We could send participants a few pics of its evolving construction, should they ask; should they have failed to take pics of their own. We could also consider a comment book for them to sign.
We will be liaising shortly with the KZNSA Education Officer who will be able to provide us with more information, such as dates and times that students would be arriving. The gallery may also be keen to supply some materials required for the event
Please consider coming to Durban for that week so you can come to the opening, attend the AGM and walkabout, talk to and work with the public during that first week. Maybe you have a skill you would like to share? What can you bring? What can you offer?
Let's try and make this an epic event!
The gallery is taking responsibility for this. However, we do need images for them so please send Helga some good high resolution images ASAP. She will forward them to the gallery. Please do not send images to the gallery. Work through Helga.
Our AGM will be at Odette's house at 9 am on Saturday 13th October. During this time we will assess any prospective new members' work. After assessing the work, we will head off to the KZNSA gallery for a Talk-and-Walkabout of our exhibition at 11am. After the walkabout, we finish our meeting over lunch at the gallery.
This is all our Facebook page. Click on the "Find us on Facebook" image below. So far we have 122 members. Please participate by posting images of your work on line. It would be lovely to share and get some dialogue going. Keep it topical, and if you see any spam or problem developing let Odette, Dana or Helga Know. They are the administrators.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vpj28da03JQ (How to photograph art - Saatchi on line)
Our new account at Nedbank seems to be working efficiently as six members have paid their EDGE entry fees and four members their Major Minors. We also have 34 members who have paid their subs for 2019. Many thanks for this.
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Finally Odette has something to share with the Fibreworks group. In her own words:
I'm always so impressed with the quilt bags that Kathryn Harmer Fox makes for her work to travel around the country (and the world). Thick clear plastic is stitched into a simple envelope-style bag with a long fold-over flap. Very cool Kathy! See photo.
Kathryn Harmer Fox's Bag
CALL FOR ENTRIES
https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4691 FI2019 Fiberart International
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EITLA0fvx0I (Gina Niederhumer)
http://www.norvalfoundation.org/ Norval Foundation - private art gallery and sculpture garden. Modernist South African works, 20th and 21st century, visual art from South Africa,
Jeanette and The Team