Saturday, 17 July 2010

Warwickshire Art Exhibition 2010

Whilst my boyfriend Stefan was off in Newquay for a rugby 7's tournament this weekend, I had the pleasure of a day trip to Royal Leamington Spa to rate some of the local artists and view the Warwickshire Art Exhibition. And go on then, throw in a ladies lunch and some summer sale shopping as well!

The various exhibitions we viewed were compiled by local artists and art foundation students in galleries, art studios and even homes scattered across Leamington and the surrounding area. Having done Textiles GSCE and IB Visual Art a good four years ago it seems a world away from the previous 3 years of law...and god i miss it! The textiles displays and the mixed media creations really were exciting to discover and brought back so many memories of the stressing, tweaking and frenzied excitement over your 'final piece' creation. I hope I can find the time to get creating something soon!

The whimsical use of machine embroidery and subtle, soft use of material is so delicate and something I'm always a sucker for. I love the bird cage with real bird feathers and gold-leafed bird bones as it makes something so sinister suddenly rather beautiful.

The mixed media also took a somewhat 'reusable' angle with some simple but effective jewellery pieces such as these which are rings made from recycled books. Additionally books pages were used as a texture for a charcoal drawing that added another dimension to viewing the image as well as perhaps an imaginative link to the inspiration of the image.

Having just purchased my first SLR Camera (the Nikon D3000), I was impressed with some of the photography pieces and hope to take some pictures to blow up and frame soon myself. The trio of the underwater model are very striking as the display stood approximately 6 foot tall and vivid blue in colour. Similarly the trio of rust is equally as impressive and shows the beauty in the hundreds of shades present. A framed set of three photographs that tell a tale, evolve and interchange really is so effective.

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