Reworked with John Nowak

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My interests lie in abstract painting and in particular relationships of colour and form. Taking my inspiration from both the natural and built environments I am currently exploring the possibilities of applying opaque, impenetrable colour giving the paintings a sense of weight and substance.

 

Most recently I have been interested in the works of the German artist Imi Knoeble and the Cuban-American abstract, minimalist painter, Carmen Herrera.

 

For this exhibition I have reworked some ideas for figurative pictures that I initially developed in 2013 and 2014 but applying strong, dense colour in the manner of my current approach to abstract painting.

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John Nowak is showing his work at the Reworked Exhibition, Summerhall.

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Reworked with Dorothy Jackson

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An integral aspect of an artist’s working practice is to periodically revisit, recycle and refine their initial ideas. REWORKED invites Mesh artists and friends to review their stock of research pieces and trial studies, further work them, and present them in reworked form. 

To encourage greater collaboration and opportunities for rethinking ideas, the group also have been tasked with reworking a research piece of another artist.  This brief aims to give artists greater understanding of their own personal development process and overcome any fear of departure from the initial ideas.

In the run up to the Reworked exhibition we will be posting a glimpse behind the scenes as the artists prepare their work.

What inspires you?

I am interested in the natural environment and human dependence on it, including the ingenuity, crafts and technology needed to make use of natural resources.

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How do you approach the Reworked brief?

I revisited previous work on plant forms and cell structure, thinking about the machinery of plant function that sustains the majority of life on earth. I keep bees, so I extended this idea of the living machine to a consideration of the hive and its architecture.  

Describe your working environment

I am lucky to have a studio space in my home on Skye. It is rapidly filling up with assorted found treasures and gathered materials, which I store for inspiration and potential reworking.

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What music do you listen to whilst working?

Radio 4 or World Music while tidying up, otherwise silence.

What book is at your bedside?

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, and their race to save the worlds most precious manuscripts by Joshua Hammer

 

Find out more about Dorothy Jackson in our members’ profiles and view her work in our forthcoming exhibition:

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Reworked with Marion Barron

 

REWORKED

An exhibition by Mesh Artists Collective and Friends

Sciennes Gallery, Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL.

Open daily from 11am – 6pm, 4th – 27th November 2016

An integral aspect of an artist’s working practice is to periodically revisit, recycle and refine their initial ideas. REWORKED invites Mesh artists and friends to review their stock of research pieces and trial studies, further work them, and present them in reworked form. 

To encourage greater collaboration and opportunities for rethinking ideas, the group also have been tasked with reworking a research piece of another artist.  This brief aims to give artists greater understanding of their own personal development process and overcome any fear of departure from the initial ideas.

In the run up to the exhibition we will be posting a glimpse behind the scenes as the artists prepare their work.

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What inspires you?

The contemporary urban landscape – the larger picture and the smaller detail.

Experimenting with colour, form, space, surface and perspective

Describe your working environment

The Fire Station Creative in Dunfermline, a very vibrant creative space. I have had a studio there for just over a year. It has everything I need to make work. I also sketch and photograph outdoors as much as possible.

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What music do you listen to whilst working?

I mostly listen to Radio 4, but occasionally Planet Rock.

What book is at your bedside?

‘In Cold Blood’ by Truman Capote

How do you approach the Reworked brief?

Looking at older, unfinished pieces and applying my learning and development over the last year or two, to create something fresh and new.

 Find our more about Marion Barron through our Members’ Profiles and visit our exhibition to see the results of her reworks

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Reworked

An integral aspect of an artist’s working practice is to periodically revisit, recycle and refine their initial ideas. REWORKED invited Mesh artists and friends to review their stock of research pieces and trial studies, further work them, and present them for exhibition in reworked form. 

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/Ru:Barb/ eco friendly art workshops

Mesh members Ruth Thomas and Barbara Rowell are excited to offer a short series of printmaking and bookbinding workshops embracing themes of recycling and reworking, from the /Ru:Barb/ Studio in Fenton Barns Village, East Lothian,

to coincide with the Mesh and Friends group exhibition:

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Sciennes Gallery, Summerhall, Edinburgh,

4th – 27th November, open daily 11am – 6pm

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Printmaking without a Press/Introduction to Artists’ Bookmaking Workshop

This one-day course will introduce a range of simple but effective printmaking techniques that can be done without the use of a press.

 

Participants will have the opportunity to learn a variety of printmaking techniques which will include using inked Perspex and Gelli Plates to make monoprints, and applying organic and found materials onto gelatine and agar surfaces to achieve sensitive and unique prints. These prints will then used to create a range of unique folded artists’ books.

 

Cost: £55, including all materials.

 

Date: Sunday 30th October, 2016

 

Location: This course will be held at The /Ru:Barb/ Studio, in the ‘Kiln and  Cutter’ Workshop,  Fenton Barns Village, East Lothian, EH39 5BW

 

Timing: 10am – 4.30pm.

There will be a short break for lunch. Participants may bring a packed lunch or visit the nearby café in Fenton Barns

 

What to Bring: Course members may wish to bring their own sketching pencils and sketchbooks or notebooks. An apron or overall would be useful

 

Comments from previous courses:

 

‘Thanks very much for the super introduction to gelatine printing. It was very inspiring & great to learn such an effective but simple technique.’

 

For further information and to book a place, contact : ru_barb@btinternet.com or call Ruth on 07801493867

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Developing Artists’ Books

This two-day workshop will introduce several different ways to construct handmade books and develop their content.

 

Over the two days, there will be opportunities to learn various structures, including a range of folded constructions and binding methods including concertina books with inclusions, Japanese stab binding and Coptic stitch.

 

You will also learn how to make covers and endpapers depending on your choice of projects, and use printmaking techniques including gelatine printing and collagraphs.

 

The course will be tailored to each individual course member and participants are encouraged to bring their own artwork, photographs and sketchbooks as a source for their ideas. It is anticipated that at least two books will be made including one handmade stitched sketchbook.

 

Cost: £100, including all materials.

 

Date: Sunday 13th and 20th November, 2016

 

Location: This course will be held at The /Ru:Barb/ Studio, in ‘Kiln and  Cutter’ Workshop,  Fenton Barns Village, East Lothian, EH39 5BW

 

Timing: 10am – 4.30pm.

There will be a short break for lunch. Participants may bring a packed lunch or visit the nearby café in Fenton Barns

 

What to Bring: Course members may wish to bring their own artwork, photographs and/or sketchbooks as a source for their ideas. An apron or overall would be useful

 

Comments from previous courses

“I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the workshop. I have nothing but admiration for the professionalism and organizational skills you both brought to the conduct of the workshop. I am now very motivated to persist with some more creative endeavour.”

 

For further information and to book a place, contact : ru_barb@btinternet.com or call Ruth on 017801493856

Reworked with Irene Campbell

REWORKED

An exhibition by Mesh Artists Collective and Friends

Sciennes Gallery, Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL.

Open daily from 11am – 6pm, 4th – 27th November 2016

An integral aspect of an artist’s working practice is to periodically revisit, recycle and refine their initial ideas. REWORKED invites Mesh artists and friends to review their stock of research pieces and trial studies, further work them, and present them in reworked form. 

To encourage greater collaboration and opportunities for rethinking ideas, the group also have been tasked with reworking a research piece of another artist.  This brief aims to give artists greater understanding of their own personal development process and overcome any fear of departure from the initial ideas.

In the run up to the exhibition we will be posting a glimpse behind the scenes as the artists prepare their work.

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What inspires you?

I am inspired by landscape but I think of landscape as a very loose definition that covers objects and interiors as well as the space around me . I interpret landscape for myself using shapes and colours and that is my main source of inspiration . The object or space is the starting point.

Describe your studio

I am very lucky in that I have a home work space and a small studio. My home space has, apart from a table, a cupboard, a bookcase, a plan chest , and lots of boxes of invaluable stuff .
My studio is in a former police station in Peebles, and is one of six old cells ,now used by artists . All the studios are a neat rectangle and retain the original doors. Mine contains a long table , a small table that I use as an easel and a carpet. And lots of boxes.
What music do you listen to?
Outdoors I like listening to natural noises around me but indoors I tend to work in silence.
What book is on your bedside table?
I am re-reading a P G Wodehouse. Indiscretions of Archie
What does Reworked mean for you?

My plan chest is full works I have started and then laid aside to consider further.  A bit of time without seeing a ghost print or a few experimental marks on paper is never wasted. 

Reworked has allowed me to revisit and reappraise these efforts and I found that I was inspired by the colours and space in my own garden while using these original works as my starting point
Find out more about Irene Campbell and her work by visiting our members’ profiles.
Come and visit our exhibition to see the results of her Reworks

REWORKED

An exhibition by Mesh Artists Collective and Friends

Sciennes Gallery, Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL.

Open daily from 11am – 6pm, 4th – 27th November 2016

Reworked with Pat Beveridge

REWORKED

An exhibition by Mesh Artists Collective and Friends

Sciennes Gallery, Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL.

Open daily from 11am – 6pm, 4th – 27th November 2016

An integral aspect of an artist’s working practice is to periodically revisit, recycle and refine their initial ideas. REWORKED invites Mesh artists and friends to review their stock of research pieces and trial studies, further work them, and present them in reworked form. 

To encourage greater collaboration and opportunities for rethinking ideas, the group also have been tasked with reworking a research piece of another artist.  This brief aims to give artists greater understanding of their own personal development process and overcome any fear of departure from the initial ideas.

In the run up to the exhibition we will be posting a glimpse behind the scenes as the artists prepare their work.

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1 What is your inspiration?

My inspiration mainly comes from where the sea meets the land. I am drawn to that middle space that still holds the touch of the sea, but is moored to the shore.

2 Describe your workplace.

My workplace is a studio built on the back of my house in Fife. It contains 2 large plan chests, 2 worktables, 2 bookcases and an ancient chest of drawers. These are all filled with the tools of my trade and every available space is crammed with boxes of fabric, ribbons, wool, tissue etc. It is too clean at the moment because I have just given it a deep clean after years of neglect.

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3 What music do you listen to while working?

I tend to listen to Classic FM or Radio 3, but I also like to work in silence.

4 What is the book beside your bed?

I have just finished reading ‘Secrets of the Sea House’ by Elizabeth Gifford. It is set in the Outer Hebrides and deals with the Clearances and the Selkies from a split perspective, past and present.

5 How did you interpret ‘reworked’?

Reworked’ for me entailed looking at works which had been laid aside or had lain unsold for a while and seeing if I could breath new life into them.  This was achieved in several ways, such as cutting up and constructing a new work, selecting an area of an original piece to work on and using a work as a background

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Sea to Shore II

Find out more about Pat Beveridge’s work through our members profiles, and visit our exhibition to see her finished  ‘Reworks’:

REWORKED

An exhibition by Mesh Artists Collective and Friends

Sciennes Gallery, Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL.

Open daily from 11am – 6pm, 4th – 27th November 2016