King’s lab

Just back from a few days at King’s College, London, setting up my space in the labs for my residency this academic year. Had a wonderful time in the Life Science museum making prints and in the anatomy labs setting up my space with help from Frank the technician. I will be adding new images as the work progresses next year..

My display cabinet in the labs with Takuhon prints. Nov 2019
My corner in the lab

Textile Biennial

Last few days of British Textile Biennial at Queen St Mill (closes 2 Nov). Some installation pics by Richard Tymon below.

MISPRINTS @ DCA

Just back from the opening of ‘Misprints’, an interactive event at DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts). It was the outcome of my residency at Life Science, University of Dundee, with Prof Miratul Muqit who is researching Parkinson’s Disease. Scientists participated in the event by ‘performing’ their research using my artwork as a stimulus for dialogue with visitors. Their conversations revolved around ‘what I see in this … ’ and ‘what do you see in this … ?’. The prints were produced from ‘mutations’ in my original drawings. After speaking with scientists, visitors placed their chosen print within an installation.

I will be presenting the project during the Drawing Conversations 3 Drawing Talking to the Sciences at The Ruskin, Lancaster University, on 17th January 2020.

Thanks to all the scientists who took part, to photographer Erika Stevenson (www.erikascamera.co.uk ), and to DCA Print for their support. The project was supported by the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund awarded to the University of Dundee.

British Textile Biennial

It’s the final stage of making new work for the upcoming British Textile Biennial, at Queen St Mill, Burley, which opens on October 3rd. I am drawing with coloured threads upon cotton fabric, which has been printed with images of female workers in textile/garment factories across China, Thailand, India and Bali (see below). And looking forward to installing another new work – gold thread woven intricately around a very large loom which was previously used for producing gold braid. Watch out for installation pics in upcoming weeks!

Embroidery in progress for British Textile Biennial, Queen St Mill.
Embroidery in progress for British Textile Biennial, Queen St Mill.

gold thread installation upon a ribbon loom which was once used to produce gold braids

Kings College Residency

Looking forward very much to my upcoming artist residency at Kings College, London. Watch this space for more news!

Festival of Making

One day to go before the festival! Here are some tasters of the work, hope you can make it to the festival on 15th and 16th June in Blackburn, it will be packed full of free events, talks, exhibitions and more! Link to a video: https://youtu.be/YQBDhTPi-aE and images below

Dundee workshops

Just returned from Dundee, running arts workshops with Parkinson’s patients at the wonderful Maggies centre. I was also making some test prints at DCA print. Looking forward very much to my return visit in mid June when I will be spending 2 weeks at DCA Print making the final work.

Photographs below by Erika Stevenson, courtesy of University of Dundee

Myself and Dr. Muqit at Maggies centre, Dundee

Workshop for people with Parkinson’s, Dundee
Workshop for people with Parkinson’s, Dundee

Blackburn

Work is progressing nicely in Blackburn, few weeks to go before installation week!

Active [Drawing] Matter

Just back from University of Bristol developing new work with the Applied Maths dept. The work comprises of a circular blackboard with speakers attached to its underside. When sounds of starling murmurations are played at a specific frequency, the blackboard vibrates causing the chalks placed upon it to move in active matter formations. The artwork is inspired by the concept of Active Matter and mathematicians’ use of blackboards as a collaborative thinking space. Active Matter systems are composed of patterns of collective motion typically demonstrated by large numbers of active agents. They can be microscopic, such as cell division and the movement of micro particles, or macroscopic such as flocks of starlings or shoals of fish. 

Art in Manufacturing

Work in progress on my new commission for Art in Manufacturing and Super Slow Way based at Blackburn Yarn Dyers: https://superslowway.org.uk/projects/art-in-manufacturing-2019-2/

Blackburn Yarn Dyers