Ponto Sombra: Connecting Threads

Images from my current exhibition at Recordatorio Rainha Santa Isabel/AfredoBastos, Rua Antonio Augusto Goncalves, 11-13 (junto ao Portugal dos Pequenitos) Santa Clara-Coimbra, Portugal

A mix of mostly new works from 2017/2018 and some older pieces that connect across the years I have practiced as a textile artist and more latterly a print maker.

The exhibition runs until end of February 2019. Open weekdays 10- 12.30 and 14 – 17.30pm. The museum is closed at the weekends.

The Recordatorio holds memories of Rainha Santa Isabel and the city of Coimbra where it is based. Recordatorio roughly translates into memories. A space with a real sense of history which felt totally right as a setting for my work, and where I could explore further the fragile, organic forms I make, thinking with my hands as the work progresses. What has always sustained my work is the balancing act between how ideas evolve through the close relationship between materials, manual construction techniques, concepts and creative thinking.

Ponto Smbra: Connecting Threads aims to create a narrative through the language of textiles and printmaking: transmitting ideas without telling the whole story adding a sense of intrigue and even loss of clear memory, tempting, always questioning and leading the viewer to fill in the gaps and to create their own story line which may or may not be the artist’s initial intention. Works with layers of meaning seemingly obscured by the ravages of time somewhat like an archaeological dig. Fleeting shadowy, images deliberately in and out of focus, faded colours, elongated and stretched as the light changes.

View of gallery showcases.
 “Spirit Dresses have left the Room” 2018 
  “
Most Holes Can be Dealt with by Darning” 2007
Installation “Spirit Dresses have left the Room” 2018 Hand made silk papers, hand stitching, laser cut Zeelon.
Detail “Spirit Dresses have left the Room” 2018
Laser cut Zeelon

Detail “Spirit Dresses have left the Room” 2018
Laser cut Zeelon hand made silk papers, hand stitching

Detail “Spirit Dresses have left the Room” 2018
Laser cut Zeelon hand made silk papers, hand stitching

Detail “Spirit Dresses have left the Room” 2018
Laser cut Zeelon hand made silk papers, hand stitching

Detail “Spirit Dresses have left the Room” 2018
Laser cut Zeelon hand made silk papers, hand stitching
Gallery view, showcase and framed prints.

Detail “
Spirit Dresses have left the Room” 2018
Laser cut Zeelon hand made silk papers, hand stitching

Detail “Spirit Dresses have left the Room” 2018
Laser cut Zeelon hand made silk papers, hand stitching
Detail hand made silk papers, Cocoon strippings with CMC paste.
Gallery view, showcase, white shoe installation, framed prints.
Gloves for a Queen (Relics)” 2018
Handmade silk papers, relief prints, hand stitched, shellac varnish

Gloves for a Queen (Relics)” 2018
Handmade silk papers, relief prints, hand stitched, shellac varnish

Roses in January” 2018
Block printed, screen printed papers and Tyvek



Roses in January” 2018
Block printed, screen printed papers and Tyvek

Shadow Play” framed drawings 2018

Museum Statue: Rainha Santa isobel

Roses in January” 2018
Detail: Block printed, screen printed papers and Tyvek


View of gallery showcases. 
 “Spirit Dresses have left the Room” 2018 
  “
Most Holes Can be Dealt with by Darning” 2007

The following images are of older works from across the years making connections with my new pieces shown above.

“Glove Story” 2013/14
Sample gloves, showing a progression of ideas for book chapter.
Tissutex papers, hand stitching, dyed, painted and perforated.

“Glove Story” 2013/14
Sample glove, showing a progression of ideas for book chapter.
Tissutex papers, hand stitching, dyed, painted and perforated.
Keeper of the Secrets” 2007
Series of scrolls, hand made papers with inlaid threads, screen printed texts metallic ink, various threads, waxed hand made cordage, shellac varnish.
“55 perforated Cylinders”  Dimensions each cylinder 6cm x 3cm. Artists log book.  2007
Screen printed, bonded, varnished, perforated papers, bound together with wax cordage.
“White Shoe Installation” 2004
Assembled from cut, stitched and bonded papers layered with distressed machine knitting in mercerised cotton.

Opening night of Ponto Sombra: Connetcing Threads November 2018 Coimbra, Portugal

One thought on “Ponto Sombra: Connecting Threads

  1. What a beautiful collection of work Ruth; older and gorgeously new. You are the most dedicated and prolific artist! I wish I could see the exhib but don’t think that’s possible – maybe it will tour uk?
    Good luck with the exhib & sales!

    I’m still learning, battling with clay, paper and metal. Mostly planting & growing things though, currently awaiting the delivery of my new poly tunnel – SO excited!!!
    Take care and keep on creating. 😘😘😘 Jan

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