Posts made in March, 2016

OLSA: Delacroix exhibition at National Gallery

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Discussion, News | 0 comments

Eugene Delacroix  (1798 – 1863) was a name I knew but I realised that I had little knowledge of his work and simply no awareness of his profound influence on modern art, particularly on some of the Impressionists like Cezanne and Courbet.   This exhibition at the National Gallery is beautifully balanced – with paintings by Delacroix side by side with paintings by other artists, influenced by that particular work by Delacroix. In the first rooms we see Delacroix copying or adapting other artists work in his intense quest to improve his own work and learn his craft. He had formidable drive and great persistence  and felt that experimentation was the road to developing a personal style. It was inspiring to see the ambition of the subjects he took on and the resilience he had in the face of criticism but of his subject matter and the boldness of his interpretation. I  was pleased to see that some of his paintings about a particular place also used inspiration from other landscapes.   Inspiring and encouraging.    ...

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OLSA: Chunghi Lee: textile artist.

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Discussion | 0 comments

The group are very lively and friendly. During conversation I was  introduced to the work of a most wonderful textile artist Chunghi Lee.  Janice Gunner, an artist and teacher herself, and  an expert on world textiles,  mentioned her work in conversation and then, after some persistence, we found some information about her  on the web. Korean patchwork is called pojagi – a different way of seaming is used so that the seams are thicker and more formed. It is lively and dynamic and colourful. It is not that easy to find images and I cannot directly link to them but look in ‘images searching with Chunghi Lee.’ She uses silk and the sort of translucent linen to make the most beautiful diaphanous  hangings and quilts. Lee has also designed and made twists on  traditional Korean clothing – regal, colourful – floating and almost unconnected to the earth....

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OLSA learning with Matthew Harris

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Discussion, News | 0 comments

OLSA learning with Matthew Harris

I’m at West Dean again and starting my blog after an interruption by the dreaded winter viruses and recovery travel. I am at the much anticipated ‘Walking the Line with Thread’ course at West Dean college tutored by Matthew Harris.  I was recommended this course as part of my foundation diploma – we started last night by dyeing shreds and patches of different materials and lengths of yarn. It is a longer course than usual (4 days) so I hope I can really try and develop ideas rather than trying to finish everything very quickly – it is more about exploring ideas and techniques to take home and work through. I realise I have not yet developed a practice that is habitual yet – have been distracted by other time consumers. I do draw regularly now – a change for me but  I need to plan some days of developing ideas further. Much lighter and better weather than the last time I was here in December….looking forward to being outside and bringing ideas back in from the lovely grounds. The picture is of a piece I made with Annabel Ridley which I want to develop into a piece…will spend time here thinking about how…...

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