TOMORROW at DAYBREAK
2011 Knitting and Stitching Shows, London, Harrogate and Dublin.
The Howgill Gallery, Farfield Mill Arts and Heritage Centre, Sedbergh May/June 2012.
Celebrating the handmade in a digital age
About the exhibition:
Tomorrow at Daybreak was all about celebrating the handmade in a digital age by taking advantage of new technologies to enhance traditional working practice, and in so doing creating a new hybrid craft relevant to the 21st century. The work exhibited here is the starting point for Ruth’s show at
This new body of work set out to explore the possibility of creating contemporary art textiles for interior spaces where handmade textile construction and surface decoration techniques are combined with digitally printed cloth in such a way that my signature style, hand worked quality and experimental approach is maintained.
Originally inspired by migrating birds and much more the final pieces will be as much about my creative journey into new uncharted territory as any defined starting point. These were my initial thoughts written to give a point of departure for some initial visual studies and colour work.
“Seeing the swallows lining up on the telegraph wires in mid-September in rural Cumbria, waiting to migrate to their winter quarters in South Africa, before returning north again the following spring was the inspiration needed to kick start this latest body of work into being.
A metaphor for epic journeys, fragility and strength, vulnerability to manmade and natural dangers, survival instinct and hope: the ribbon like flight paths of these migrating birds and the ever-changing landscape patterns viewed from different perspectives are my starting points. Patterns and colours from diverse sources including knit structures and a colour story which speaks of southern Europe are a secondary influence”.