4 February 2017

exploring the theme of Cornwall

St. Ives Textiles started back at Porthmeor Studios in January
and we have begun to consider our chosen theme of "Cornwall"
and our various points of focus for work for our exhibition in September

The theme of Cornwall is a very wide and diverse one
so narrowing down that focus point has not been easy for some of us ...
sometimes there is just  too much  inspiration all around us

we are each working on different aspects of the Cornwall theme and sampling
and working in sketchbooks (that will be available to view at our exhibition)

gathering inspiration, mind mapping and working through samples
helps each of us to focus and quite soon a body of work begins to develop

here we are sharing some of our initial work and inspiration so far

Jo Walden has already worked very hard on her sketchbook process
and her book is looking beautiful and very inspiring ...

above is a mood board of Jo Walden's initial observations ...
she has been gathering artwork she finds inspiring,
in particular artwork from Neil Davies and Kerry Harding

and, inspired by the colours and textures of these artworks
as well as her interest in Cornish landscapes and geology,
Jo has begun to work textile samples exploring rocks, lichen and landscapes

you can see there is a strong colour theme developing here

above Jo has created this experimental piece using embroidery over a drawing
with inktense pencils and based on a photograph from her sketchbook
and below Jo has begun to work some Cornish landscapes in fabric collage and stitch

it never ceases to amaze how the different personalities in the group
come at a theme in so many different ways
it certainly makes for a more exciting exhibition of textile work

below we are sharing Sue's initial thought process
as she considers and develops work along the theme of colour and stained glass
in particular, the stained glass church windows in and around St. Ives and West Penwith

Sue's sketchbook

as part of her exploration of colour, Sue has been using a viewer
on local artwork to help her focus on mark making

Sue's inspiration is from Chris Thompson and Becky Borman

Sue is building up a nice collection of colourful images
to inspire her work with the theme of stained glass

the colourful textiles below are by Alison Dupernex
(Alison is exhibiting with Sharon McSwiney at St. Ives Arts Club from 11-17 Feb)

this is Sue's photo of the St. Anta and St. Ia window
at St. Uny's Church at Lelant which is just outside St. Ives

Sue's has created a mood board feel on her sketchbook pages
with drawings, swatches of fabric and textile samples

 she has focused on an aspect of the window that she
has recreated in a stitched fabric collaged piece
and had recreated the lead work in a metallic fabric

truly lovely original work

I am sure you will agree that it's lovely and far more interesting
seeing the sketchbooks alongside finished textile work at exhibition

St. Ives Textiles meets again on Monday 6th February
so we will share the work of some of the other members next time

thank you for visiting St. Ives Textiles