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.


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.


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.





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