Layered Stories / New Textile art by Tracy Watson and Joke Buursma
Official opening 3-5pm Saturday 20th May
Though often historically denigrated as a ‘female craft’, in recent decades the art form has been reclaimed by women artists, whether as a form of Arte Util (‘useful art’) or a means of elevating craft to high art. The embracing of such skills has seen quilting used by feminist artists such as Judy Chicago (‘The Dinner Party’, 1974-79) and Tracey Emin. While Watson and Buursma’s work bridges the personal and political, it is unequivocally beautiful.Events and workshops on Opening Day:
12 -1pm ‘Painting with Paintstiks’ – workshop with Joke Buursma
Learn how to use a new medium for making marks on textiles. Paintstiks are unique as they are made from an oil and wax mixture which gives a smooth slightly greasy medium to work with. They can be applied to fabric and paper. Joke will demonstrate some methods of applying paintstiks to fabric, for example by stencilling, using masking tape, rubbing, etc. Depending on the effect you are after you can apply paintstik before and/or after quilting.
1.15-2pm ‘The Art of Hand-Stitch Quilting’ – demonstration with Tracy Watson
Tracy Watson illustrates just one of the many techniques employed by the quilter in this short demonstration. Those attending are welcome to bring along any works-in-progress to work alongside Tracy.
2-3pm Talk and tour with Joke Buursma and Tracy Watson
Learn about the design, technique and inspiration of each artists in this informal talk and tour.
RED COUCH SPACE