Monday, 22 August 2016

Unit Twelve

This is the last week of the exhibition at Unit Twelve (open Thursday 25th - Saturday 27th August) and your last opportunity to see both Daphne's Glove and The Shirt Collar Project exhibited together. The exhibition has had a great response so don't miss out if you haven't already seen it. 

Friday, 1 July 2016

Daphne's Glove: Kathleen Murphy

Daphne's Glove piece by Kathleen Murphy: 
'Tanbury Phenda Dreams of Flight'
Mixed media tower & base 77cm x 25cm
Found objects, papier-mâché, natural dyes, tweed & wool felt. Hand & machine stitched
Glove’s partner by Claire A Baker

“The need to characterise Daphne was strongly felt by most of us. As my fellow artists found their Daphne I found her presence increasingly debilitating, making me question my own creative choices against those of the others. I began to really dislike the name - I was stymied! 
Liberation finally came in the form of a vegetable dye experiment which turned the glove from a grubby cream to khaki green. It somehow became less precious. The offending name was ‘anagrammed’ to form a new identity and the glove was chopped and stitched to form a body for this character. Then, to make sure Daphne would never reappear, I decided to lock her in a tower surrounded by a vine-strangle of dainty gloves… Mwoah-ha-hah!“
Kathleen Murphy Murgatroyd & Bean 

You can read the story of how Tanbury Phenda became trapped in her tower HERE

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Unit Twelve Exhibition Open

The first, and only, exhibition of both the Shirt Collar Project and Daphne's Glove opened today at Unit Twelve Gallery in Stafford. There will be a celebration afternoon this coming Saturday 2nd July between 2-4pm when you will be able to see the work in it's latest gallery setting and meet some of the artists who have taken part in the projects over the last two years. 

In addition to the main exhibition there will be a small selection of supporting work by Group Gathering artists. You may like to know that these pieces and some of the project work will be available for sale.  
If you need directions on how to find Unit Twelve please follow this LINK and look out for those pink signs.
We look forward to meeting you there!  

Daphne's Glove: Jeanette McCulloch


Daphne's Glove piece by Jeanette McCulloch: 
'Daphne's Glove - A Constellation'
Nine pieces, each 30cm x 37cm
Mixed media: hand printed papers, paint, cloth, beads, hand stitch.
Glove’s partner by Mandy Pattullo

“A name and a glove, both intimate personal objects.
The inside of a glove holds the memory of a unique palm print, a lifeline, palmistry, astrology, astronomy and the stars above.
Imagine an amateur stargazer looking upwards and noting down on a gloved hand, observations of the night time sky. Later to be embroidered. As daylight disrobes, each glove becomes an embroidered braille constellation, a tactile reminder of that which can no longer be seen.” 

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Daphne's Glove: Christine Kelly

Daphne's Glove piece by Christine Kelly: 
‘Souvenirs from the Imaginary Life of Daphne Bryant’
linen pocket 36cm x 24cm
Vintage linens, found objects. Hand embroidered. Hand beaded. 
Glove’s partner by Mariette Voke

“The starting point for my piece was a found photograph, my ‘Daphne’. Inspiration also came from the fabric of the glove itself, the shapes of it's parts when it was dismantled, and the fact of it being an object left behind, a memento from a woman's life. I was reminded of an exhibition I saw back in 2007, a collection of items from the wardrobes of six generations of women, lovingly preserved and some items with notes pinned to the garments which record the memories attached to them.
I have made a collection of items which once belonged to a fictional 'Daphne' and a pocket to house them in. All of the items incorporate fabric fragments from the glove, the lace trimming at the wrist transformed into Daphne’s jewellery, the seam from the glove’s thumb frames a treasured photograph…..  labels preserve the memories attached to Daphne's souvenirs.”


Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The Next Chapter: Kathleen Murphy

Last September the blog was left with a cliff hanger regarding the fate of Kathleen Murphy's glove piece (see HERE for recap). The offending glove had been retrieved from the simmered depths of the dye pot where it had sucked up a mustardy, olive colour from a confection of wilted leaves and was last seen with a pair of scissors advancing towards it...

Fear not, the glove survived and was reincarnated in time to join the other finished glove pieces in exhibition. Here's an idea of the processes the piece of work went through before it reached that point.
Some heavy duty cardboard and a badly damaged copy of Odhams Encyclopaedia were combined to create a prison tower 
Part of the glove was used to make the body and ears of Tanbury Phenda  (the creature locked in the tower)
A 'strangle-vine' made from quilted tweed leaves, machine twisted cord and tiny, hand embroidered gloves of felt
The remaining parts of the glove were joined by another, which had also been dyed in the vegetable vat, to form the outer skin of the tower roof

Left: design for a woollen tree, right: Tanbury Phenda almost complete.  
The finished piece will be shown in the gallery line up which is proceeding alphabetically. 
Next up will be Christine Kelly's glove piece. 

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Daphne's Glove: Sharon Hall Shipp


Daphne's Glove piece by Sharon Hall Shipp: 'Trawsnewid'
29cm x 15cm
Weathered & naturally dyed. Deconstructed nylon mix glove. Free-machine embroidered.
Glove’s partner by Tamsin Abbott

Rooted in archaeology and mythology, Sharon’s project piece has undergone several processes beginning with a deconstruction and burial. The glove, wrapped around iron springs was buried in earth & dug up in early February to mark Imolc - the Gaelic herald of Spring. The fabric was then boiled in an infusion of seeds (for new endeavours), bay leaves (referencing the myth of Apollo & Daphne) and tea (for colour & wakefulness).  With the addition of free machine embroidery along the way, the glove was returned to a 3D state.
“I took the project piece to Warren Woods at New Radnor where there is the most spectacular waterfall, ’Water-Break-it’s-Neck’, in a steep sided gorge , once popular with the Victorians. The glove looked very much at home there - blending in as an organic form which I hadn‘t planned for. When my fellow project artists saw the photo’s they commented on how dark the piece had become, reminding them of bladder wrack or the folklore of the bog people which I really rather liked, and, based on this I decided to exhibit both glove and photographs together as a complete piece.”

Photograph by Sharon Hall Shipp