Sunday, December 7, 2008
A selection of my Resonate Collection of sculptures have gone on display in the craft showcase at Newport Art Gallery and Museum until the 5th Feb 2009. This includes one new piece entitled 'Chromascope':
The Christmas Exhibition at Craft in the Bay in the Cardiff is well and truly underway now and I'm very happy to say that my work is selling well. However, those sales are being regularly replenished, so please do still pay a visit!
And lastly, I am very excited that Drusilla Cole's book 'Textiles Now' which features some of my work has finally hit the bookstores! Not that I'm biased, but this is a wonderful book exemplifying the very best in contemporary textile design.... well worth purchasing!
Until next time.....
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Last moth PARKart represented me at The Affordable Art in London, and I was thrilled that sales were buoyant and my work well received. This weekend (8-9 November) they are hosting 'Art in Action' a special weekend of promotional events in Selfridges were they also exhibit some of my work. Please visit the fourth floor of Selridges, where you'll be able to see:
- Celebrity Snapping by Tony Briggs
- Restoration by Alison Gunter
- Graffiti by Tom Lewis
From the 4th December - 5th February 2009, you will be able to see a selection of my 'Resonate' work showcased in the Newport City Art Gallery
And finally don't forget that my work can also be found in the Ruthin Craft Centre, North Wales; the Margo Selby shop, London; an the Inspires Art Gallery in Oxford.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Earlier this month I was exhibiting at Origin, the Crafts Council show at Somerset House in London. This was my second year there after a great exhibition in 2007. Akin to last year, I was given a fantastic stand, right by the show entrance - nobody could possibly miss me!
It was once again a busy show - great sales and contacts were made. The Thursday evening also saw me receiving my Wesley Barrell Craft Award for Interior Textiles which was the icing on the cake for the whole event.
It was also particularly wonderful to see some of the people that bought pieces from me last year.
This last picture shows me on the last day, somewhat tired and now if my comfy shoes!
As for other news: PARKart took some of my work to the Affordable Art Fair in London last week. They have also placed some of my 'Jacquard Sketch' artworks in Selfridge's, Oxford Street, London. You can see the work on the fourth floor in the Loft Living and BoConcept concessions.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
The exhibition is on until the end of August.......
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The Eisteddfod is in Cardiff this year, and is open from the 2-9 August.
As well as having work in the main Eisteddfod Art and Crafts exhibition, I will also have work exhibited with ...A Crefft in the Exhibition Hall. Again, this will be more pieces from the Jacquard Sketch series.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
So in no particular this is what has been happening recently....
Firstly, and most excitingly, I had a great time at the HD-Expo trade show in Las Vegas back in May. I was one of seven creative business exhibiting on the International Business Wales stand, and the response to my work from visitors was fantastic. Many thanks to all the visitors who came to find me!
Just after I got back from Vegas I had to go to London for the press launch for the Wesley Barrell Craft Award that I have been short-listed for. I had the opportunity to meet the judges, which included Jon Snow, Celia Birtwell and Kara O'Reilly amongst others. Kara very kindly gave me a mention that following weekend in The Sunday Times The award will be announced at Origin in October..... keep your fingers crossed for me!
I have also recently been photographed in my studio by the legendary photographer Martin Parr for a forthcoming Cardiff feature in The Guardian - will keep you posted as to when that gets published.
On Sunday, I was delighted to be awarded the Applied Artist category award in the Welsh Artist of the Year competition.
On Monday I installed the Karen Davies memorial artwork commission for Milford Haven School.... photo's to follow.
Will post again very soon about my forthcoming exhibitions..... there is lots coming up!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
Yesterday I presented the students with my design proposals for them to select their preferred option. I had already talked to the students about their feelings regarding colour, and the response was that bright pink was Mrs Davies's favourite colour and that which they most associated with her vibrant personality.
I presented a number of colour ideas, all tonal arrangements merging pinks with reds and burgundies. The selected design is pictured below - an almost unanimous choice.
The five panels each measure 90cm x 35cm and will mounted onto a white backboard, and will be sited in the school hall - a digital simulation of the design in situ can also be seen below. The panels will composed of silk and cotton threads encapsulated in acrylic.
The artwork will be installed on the 23rd June with the dedication service being held on the 25th June.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
- Wales Millennium Centre - 'Heritage' a group exhibition by a selection of members from the Makers Guild in Wales. This exhibition opened on the 14th April and continues to the 16th June. I have five 'Loose Threads' wall panels on show here.
- PARKart will be presenting a series of my 'Resonate' sculptures at Grand Designs, Interiors Hall, stand no. L330 in London from the 3rd-11th May. I am going to be on the stand from 2-5pm on the 7th May. This is one of the five pieces they will be exhibiting:
- Fibre Art Wales group show at Banbury Art Gallery and Museum from the 7th May - 22nd June. These are the five 'Convergence' sculptures that will be exhibited:
- From the 15th - 17th May you can find me at HD Expo in Las Vegas! This is a largest hotel design trade show in the US, and I am exhibiting my Resonate wall panels and sculptures on the International Business Wales stand number 873. Hope to see you there!
- Inspires Art Gallery in Oxford. From the 17th of May, a selection new Resonate sculptures will exhibited alongside prints by Terry Frost, Peter Blake and Sandra Blow.
- From the 22nd May, you will be able to see my 'Grid Weave' work that has been shortlisted for a Wesley Barrell Craft Award at the Wesley Barrell London flagship store. It will then tour around the country before finishing at an exhibition at Origin, the Crafts Council show at Somerset House in October where the winner will be announced.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
It will be included in an exhibition at the Wesley Barrell flagship store in London which will then tour around the country, finishing at Origin, the Crafts Council show at Somerset House in October when the winner will be announced. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
Thursday, April 3, 2008
I need to apologise first for not keeping very up date with my blogging activity.... have been so busy recently, I even had to miss out on my Easter break.... get the violins out eh?!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Just arrived home from the Design Wales 'Design Futures' event in Newport. Great evening of inspiring speakers.... and this film about Melin Tregwynt was premiered (and features me!) Hope you enjoy....
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Below you can see some pictures of the commissioned 'Loose Threads' wall panels which were designed to compliment the colours of their interior. They are made from cotton and silk threads encapsulated in acrylic, and each panel measures 40x40cm.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I have now properly moved into my studio and after a tense couple of hours getting the loom working after the move, it's behaving itself. I'm now onto the second warp: a black cotton leno which is giving me some interesting results. Hope to post some picture up here soon.
Am also in the midst of planning my forthcoming exhibitions. Firstly I will be showing at the British Crafts Trade Fair at Harrogate, which is open from 6-8th April to trade buyers only. I will be on stand number 310. For further information please visit http://www.bctf.co.uk/
The following week I will be helping install a Makers Guild in Wales group show at the Wales Millenium Centre in Cardiff Bay. This will be open to the public from the 16th April through until the 16th June.
Hope to see you at one of the shows!
Saturday, January 19, 2008
I am so excited about my new stationery! I picked it up yesterday afternoon from my graphic designers, Kutchibok Design and I think they have done a wonderful job. Can't wait to actually start using it!
The headed paper and business card both have a solid dark aubergine/charcoal/cocoa colour (it's a tricky colour to define!) on the reverse with fine diagonal lines reminiscent of the twill weave structure. I opted for a folding business card so recipients could jot notes on the inside as to where they met me or remind them what we spoke about. A single diagonal line in orange is carried onto the 'right' side of the paper, above which is my address and contact details. Unfortunately my digital camera isn't the sharpest so its difficult to show it at its best in these pictures but hopefully it gives you a good idea!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Thought I would share a picture of one of the newer 'Resonate' artworks. This is entitled 'Grid Weave: chocolate' (16x16x8cm) and is composed of cotton, silk and lurex encapsulated in acrylic. The fabric is just trapped in the centre of the block, but you get fantastic illusions being created by the highly reflective nature of the acrylic - at certain angles it looks like the fabric is on the outside surfaces too, which is what I've tried to capture in this photograph.
If you're interested in buying this or commissioning something similar, please do get in touch!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Had a great email today from Ann Sutton regarding her new website FlukeLuck - please do check it out. I'm sure all you creatives out there have had times where you feel a little brain dead and in need of some inspiration to get the ideas flowing again. This game aims to help you over that stumbling block and spark new ideas from three randomly generated words. Well, they're not completely random - they are carefully selected depending on whether you state that you're an artist, designer, architect, musician, writer, or cook. You can then share the work generated from these three words on the website.
Tomorrow I'm going to be back at the loom pondering:
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Have had a particularly rubbish few days - I appear to be jinxed. My computer slowed to a near standstill by the weekend, so my long suffering boyfriend had to clear everything off the hard drive and reinstall all my software which inevitably has meant there's been lots of glitches getting working again. Unrelated to that, my monitor has died, and my printer is behaving like a diva - only working when it feels like it, without rhyme or reason.
And then thanks to all this lovely rain, I've discovered a leak in my home office window which has soaked all the bits'n'bobs I'd stacked there. Bob the builder (yes, he really is called Bob!) is coming tomorrow to hopefully solve the problem....
Hopefully in my next post I can tell that I've actually started doing some long over-due weaving, rather than just regaling you with my tales of woe!
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Anyway, am teaching tomorrow.... so its high time I go to bed!
Friday, January 4, 2008
To quote Homer..... Woo-hoo!
Anyway, I'm hoping to use this blog facility to keep those of you with an interest in my woven textile art and design work up to date. It's obviously a much more informal way of communicating than my business website (http://www.laurathomas.co.uk/) and I can also share thoughts and other stuff of interest with you.
I'm now going to hopefully figure out all the facilities and features of the blog so I can regularly post pictures and who knows what else!
Oh, and please don't forget, comments and emails will be very welcome!
Thank you for looking.....