I’m pleased to announce that “The Sound of the Kenwood Chef ” has been selected for the Leeds Kirkgate Market AR Exhibition (Augmented Reality). The artworks will be available to view Friday May 14th – Saturday May 15th 2021.
Event information can be found on Eventbrite available via this link.
In order to view the exhibition, please download the Overly App onto your mobile phone. Once at the exhibition space, aim your camera at the posters (you can see an example of one below) and press ‘Scan’.
“The exhibition AR art attraction contains eight different artists. People are intimidated by art at times, but many love technology. By combining the two, a fun interactive experience is created to showcase some beautiful pieces of art. How it works? The Overly App is an augmented reality (AR) app that creates an interactive experience of a real-world environment, allowing you to see things through your phone that you cannot see in real life. You go to your phone and open the Overly app. Look at the poster with your camera. Press scan on the overly app. The art work will then reveal itself.” Rhiannon Shaw, event curator, Redesigns.
The last year has been a challenging time for sharing and viewing art, hence I’m so happy that this is the second open air exhibition that my art has taken part in.
Images of the artworks are printed onto vinyl, displayed outside and arranged in groups by country (I’m part of the ‘ England’ group). This public arts exhibition (which has been specifically designed for this outside space due to COVID), starts on Monday May 3rd and runs for two months. You can see more via Walk Bye on Instagram and via the Walk Bye website. The artwork can be viewed day or night in this public space.
“Inspired by World Refugee Day on June 20th, we seek international artists to show us a representation of the theme: what makes home a home? What defines home? Is it people, a specific place or the memories made during a certain period of time? Is it where you were born, where you were raised, where you found love? ……You will be asked to name a song title and artist that most embodies “home” for you. A Spotify playlist will be created and shared in conjunction with Walk Bye’s exhibition of the same name.” Catalina Aranguren, Founder & Organizer, Walk_Bye.
My chosen song was Three Coins in a Fountain by Frank Sinatra – a song my dad sung all the time.
“Since we’ve been spending the last 14 months in our homes during the quarantine, I became fascinated by what ‘home’ means for different people.” said Aranguren. “In my family, we had a conversation on this topic, which then inspired the idea for the exhibit. The alignment with World Refugee Day and partnership with Welcome Home was the perfect setting.” Catalina.
Size 24 x 24 cm. Central panel 21 x 21 cm. The piece is hand embroidered and hand stitched with vintage Sylko thread. Hand and Shuttle: Eco-leaf printed vintage Lancashire cotton cloth. Vintage Sylko thread. Outer border: Linen, surface designed with bleach and discharge paste. Vintage Sylko thread. Designed and hand stitched in three weeks.
The piece shows a Lancastrian weaving shuttle in a Cotton Weavers hand. Cotton Weavers were predominantly women and were paid for each piece of cloth produced, so speed and accuracy were important. This made them heavily reliant upon the Tacklers – who were all men – to repair the looms the women worked on as quickly as possible. The Tacklers often abused this position including incidents of sexual abuse and harassment.
The words around the border of the piece are from a poem submitted by a Weaver to the ‘The Factory Times’ – a newspaper which championed workers’ rights and unionization in order to prevent such abuse and improve working conditions.
Women Cotton Weavers were actually some of the most highly paid and unionized female manual workers in Victorian Britain and some took part in the early women’s suffrage movement in Manchester during the latter part of the 19th Century.
Elizabeth Dubbelde of Berry Quilting set the challenge for embroiderers and textile artists to create a work under the theme EmpoweRED. ‘What can I do to make a stand about injustices, to raise my voice in protest? Hence “Empowered” gives us an opportunity through art textiles to raise our voices to show solidarity & support to victims of sexual assault. I urge you to raise your voice by creating a piece of work that relates to the theme of Empowered.’ Elizabeth Dubbeld.
Creating ‘Resilience’ has been a real learning curve for me. It was designed and constructed in a completely different way to any of my previous art. With each new piece I find myself pushing the boundaries of my abilities to see what I can possibly achieve.