Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Weave Un-Loneliness Project Exhibition


In Spring 2018 Kooroon Gallery in collaboration with Christian Artists Together and PollyWhistle invited artists to create new work on the theme of loneliness and how we can reduce it, for exhibition and exchange. As was stated in the call for artists:

Loneliness is rife and complex. Our initial thought is the need for connecting; of being woven into a place; of belonging with rights of access.  Weave is a proactive word that imagines invading loneliness. Weave is dance and wool; hands and textiles; baskets and smiles.  Weave a tale or song or thread.  We are woven into society and family. Am I a visible part?  Do you see me and know me and love me anyway?

More than 40 artists from as far afield as the USA, Cyprus and around the UK sent envelopes to receive a piece of scrap fabric cut from one charity shop dress. Over 30 returned a finished piece of artwork, in a wide variety of styles and media.

This PDF booklet presents the work and any accompanying comments received. They are presented in no particular order and further information can be obtained from Kooroon Gallery via www.kooroon.co.uk


Sunday, 20 May 2018

June: Weave: un-loneliness Project




Weave: un-loneliness Project 2018

About 40 pieces of dress went out to people in England and one each to Cyprus and the US.  We have asked for them to be used in the making of A5 sized artworks and to comment if they wish on the work they create.  The response has been delightful.  I can't wait to curate the this exhibition for 1 and 2 June.  They are not for sale because each artist will receive someone Else's work in return.  

There will be some cards for sale. 






It has been very special receiving these in the post at Kooroon Gallery.  Some of the thoughts behind them are amazing.  

"Barriers so big I can't find a way out. Unable to take hold of the hands offered.  Out there is light and companionship.  I can't get out and they can't get in."

One woman was left speechless by the small bit of blue fabric.  She was part of a group that worked together to make their art works.

She writes "The required pathway is stitched on the edgeof the original piece suggesting life can make one feel lonely and living on the edge.  It was stitched leaving escape routes and hidyholes ..."

Susan Lee wrote a poem
Weave
High and crashing,
Low and rippling, 
Large and rolling,
Small and flowing.

Splashing, breaking,
Billowing, surging
Ruffling, Calming
Tiptoeing.

Each wave is part of the sea,
The mighty ocean.
Each person is part of humanity
Part of Us.