Explorations in Felt – Perth felt exhibition
A dedicated felt exhibition is a rarity in Perth, so the opportunity to exhibit in MACRO|micro as a member of Feltwest was enticing. I have participated in quite a few textile exhibitions over the years. This was the first time I used hand made felt as the main medium. A little daunting, but it was a good opportunity to try different techniques, play and experiment.
All my 6 pieces were completely different – no identifiable body of work there! The aim was for us to push the boundaries. The members of Feltwest who contributed, certainly did just that. The mandate given for this felt exhibition was to: ‘explore the MACRO and micro worlds through innovative technology, pushing the ancient craft of felting into new realms of shape, pattern and texture in felt’.
Clicking the images above will display more details about each of my exhibits. There are also some photos of various works in progress. I made all 6 exhibits over a period of 5 months which seems like a long time. But as I have experienced in other textile exhibitions, there is always a rush at the end. It is the finishing off and sorting out the hanging and mounting that takes more time than one thinks. Not to mention doing artist statements, labels, wrapping and delivery to meet the deadline. I don’t think it is just me!
Perth Felt Exhibition Video
This felt exhibition was beautifully curated as can be seen in the video of the MACRO|micro exhibition held at Gallery Central, Perth in Aug/Sept 2016. As reviewed in issue#16 of the magazine FELT:
‘Felt was used to explore and express ideas through various lenses, up close and from afar ‘
- macro-glimpses of outer space to the mitochondria and neurons of human cells
- macro-flora to the world of plankton
- ancient watercourses and fire next to minerals and lichen
- inspired by the birds-eye view and aerial photography
- underwater explorations and microscopic magnifications