Praise for Reworked

If you haven’t managed to get to Reworked yet, there is still time this weekend. The exhibition is open 11am – 6pm daily until Sunday 27th November.

According to our visitors’ book, it is well worth a visit!

‘Lovely varied show with lots of delightful artwork’

‘Fantastic – loved the collaboration and synergy’

‘It’s all so amazing!’

‘Wonderful – liberating!’

‘Best show I’ve seen in a while’

‘Food for thought, and soul’

‘Superb, imaginative works’

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Reworked with Barbara Rowell

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.

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How did you approach the reworked brief?

Wall markings and graffiti are a recurring context for my work. Experimentation with exposed warps and the structure of the weave is a major design interest for me which I have reworked in different ways.

Inspiration for ‘Reparation’ comes from ancient textile fragments from Peru, where weaving was a medium of artistic expression and the carrier of important social, political and religious information. Designs could be woven into the fabric or embroidered or painted on to a base fabric. Over time, some of the wefts disintegrated leaving interesting gaps and exposed painted warps.

Describe your working environment

I have a studio in East Lothian where I do printmaking and painting. I do all my weaving work at home to keep the yarns away from the messy paints.

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What music do you listen to when working?

Current favourites are Phamie Gow and Benjamin Clementine

What book is on your bedside table?

The Outrun by Amy Liptrot. The book is a beautiful memoir about a girl recovering from addiction on Orkney, returning to the place of her upbringing. It is an inspiring story about living on the edge, both metaphorically and literally, and about the ability of the sea, the land, the wind and the moon to restore life and renew hope.

Find out more about Barbara Rowell through our member profiles and visit the Reworked exhibition to view her work, at Summerhall, Edinburgh. Open daily from 11am – 6pm until 27th November 2016.

 

 

 

Collaborative Reworking

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To encourage greater collaboration and opportunities for rethinking ideas, artists participating in Reworked were tasked with reworking a research piece of another artist in the group.  This brief aimed to give artists greater understanding of their own personal development process and overcome any fear of departure from the initial ideas. Unfinished or discarded images were shared out among the group, and were then re-worked by a different artist. Money raised from sales of the collaborative works will be donated to Mercy Corps, a global organisation whose European headquarters are in Edinburgh. Mercy Corps works to help people affected by disaster and hardship to triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.

 

All the collaborative works are priced at £65.

www.mercycorps.org.uk

Reworked is open daily until 27th November

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Reworked with Ruth Thomas

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

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What inspires you?

I am fascinated by nature’s calligraphy: the myriad of lines on windswept beaches, the richly coloured rock faces, the delicate structures of shells and seaweed. Central to my art practice is the experience of walking, observing and building a bank of pictorial references, from which I create large-scale exploratory drawings, which deconstruct and regenerate organic forms in a visual simulation of nature in flux.

How do you approach the Reworked brief?

I decided to step back in time to an exploratory drawing, I made during the final year of my degree. The drawing was a progressive life size investigation of the foreshores of the East Lothian coastline and became a pivotal turning point in the focus of my artist practice. For the exhibition, I have broken up the drawing into five smaller individual pieces reworking the imagery, changing the perspective and intensifying the textural layers. I aimed to retain the drawing’s fluidity while developing the complexity of the imagery.

The drawing below is the original artwork while the next drawing is one of the Reworked pieces.

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Describe your working environment?

Whilst I have a small studio space at Fenton Barns, most of my work is done at home where my materials, current drawings and paper have a tendency to spread throughout the house.

What music do you listen to while working?

I like to listen to melodic music, Emily Sande, Lorde and Enya, and let the motion of my pencil respond to the rhythm.

What book is at your bedside?

There is always a large pile of books by my bedside. These include notebooks to record moments of inspiration, books to dip in and out of like ‘A Handbook of Scotland’s Coasts’, ‘Strange Country, Why Australian Painting Matters’, ‘Ocean of Life’ and a good read, at the moment, ‘Euphoria’ by Lily King.

 

 Find out more about Ruth Thomas’ work in our member profiles and visit the Reworked Exhibition to see her work

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