** content-page.php ** CREATIVE HUB West Dean College are running a programme of free talks and demonstrations throughout MADELONDON – Bloomsbury in the Morris Room on the lower ground floor. Click on a date to expand. Friday 29th April 2016 [+] TIME TITLE SPEAKER/S DESCRIPTION 13.30 – 14.30 STITCHING, A LOVE STORY. EMILY JO GIBBS A whistle stop description of Emil’s professional practice. From high end evening bag business, to stitching very personal portraits of family and community. With lots of illustrations, actual examples and construction methods. EMILY JO GIBBS completed her BA at Wolverhampton and then established an international handbag business. Her work is in many collections including the V&A and the Crafts Council. 14.30 – 15.30 FELT: IN THE BORDERLAND BETWEEN ONE THING AND ANOTHER HEATHER BELCHER Felt avoids definition as a textile because it is not constructed from a linear thread. It is simply a mass of tangled fibres. The process of making and the nomadic history are important influences within my work. This talk is about my sense of enjoyment of sitting on the edge, or inhabiting the spaces in between. HEATHER BELCHER is a textile artist and experienced tutor in felt making. She exhibits internationally and is a member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists and Contemporary Applied Arts, London. 15.30 – 16.30 PARALLEL LINES 11 – CERAMICS CHRIS KEENAN How saying yes can lead to new experiences and directions in a working life of a ceramicist. CHRIS KEENAN learnt his skills as a potter as apprentice to Edmund de Waal. A Fellow of the Craft Potters Association, his thrown Limoges porcelain is exhibited and sold widely. 16.30 – 17.30 ANIMUS: OBJECTS OF CURIOUS CONSTRUCTION KATHARINE POGSON Can the artefacts we carry with us – intimate, ‘supra-functional’ – be used to create a dialogue about our connection to nature? Is meaning and value embedded in an object by the maker, or created over time by the user? This research began while Visiting Maker, Leatherwork at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford in 2015. A study of ‘objects of curious construction’ merged with an ongoing interest in the life cycles of British moths, forging a new direction in my studio practice. Katherine Pogson is a designer-maker using leather as a primary material. A vocabulary of hand-worked techniques including mould-making, lacquer work and stitch creates sculptural leather forms and surfaces for objects of use and wear. KATHERINE POGSON is a QEST scholar and author of Complete Leatherwork. She specialises in leather techniques, creating sculptural and limited edition fashion accessories. Saturday 30th April 2016 [+] TIME TITLE SPEAKER/S DESCRIPTION 13.30 – 14.30 Paintings on silk inspired by Mexico HILARY SIMON Mexico has ever long been a destination attractive to artists with its rich cultural history.Hilary will look at contemporary art, and how Mexican artists have been influenced and how her work has been inspired travels to this fascinating country. We will look at the technique of painting on silk with dyes which is the perfect medium for showing the vibrant colours of Mexico. HILARY SIMON worked as a TV costume designer, while also an artist and silk painting teacher. She recently curated an exhibition on the Mexican Rebozo, for the Fashion and Textile Museum, London. 14.30 – 15.30 THE IMMEDIACY OF STONE-CARVING PAULA HAUGHNEY Stone carving is an expressive and immediate medium with many types, colours and degrees of hardness of stone to choose from Paula demonstrated and explains the process of working with rock to a finished piece of sculpture. PAULA HAUGHNEY is an experienced stone carver and sculptor. In 2015 she carved a large limestone sculpture at Hooks Marsh Lee Valley Park and embarked on the first two heads of eight for a London Park. 15.30 – 16.30 DRAWING GREAT DIXTER ROSIE MACURRACH A journey of Drawings, looking at work from her residency at Great Dixter Garden, Pignano, Exmoor and West Dean. Rosie spent a year drawing at Great Dixter exploring the garden and those working in it. Her work searches out the patterns, rhythms and spirit, recording not just a landscape but a sense of Place. ROSIE MACCURRACH studied at Chelsea College of Art and Royal Drawing School. She has worked as a print designer and artist in fashion, film, illustration, and recently spent a year as Artist in Residence at Great Dixter. 16.30 – 17.30 I CROCHET DIAMONDS TERI HOWSE A talk and demonstration by Teri Howes revealing the intriguing techniques with which she creates her intricate jewellery designs. TERI HOWES established her workshop in London in 2006 having initially trained as a graphic designer. She specialises in textile techniques with wire and sells work worldwide. Sunday 01st May 2016 [+] TIME TITLE SPEAKER/S DESCRIPTION 12.30 – 13.30 THE JAMES PRESS – FROM MOUNT ZION TO PROPAGANDA THE JAMES PRESS – A PASSION FOR POETRY A talk focusing on the story of Edward James’ own publishing imprint, The James Press. Founded in 1930 and inspired by contemporaries such as the Nonesuch and Curwen Presses, James originally intended to produce lavish limited-editions of classic works of literature. Instead the press went on to publish the first collection of poetry by John Betjeman, as well as the rich and varied literary output of James himself: poetry and prose that reflected his passion for Renaissance, Romantic and Surrealist writing, his interest in book design, typography and printing techniques, and the first development of his creative legacy. DAVID STENT is Programme Leader for the full-time Visual Arts Programmes at West Dean and an artist, writer, curator and musician. He holds a PhD from The University of Reading. 13.30 – 14.30 HAVING NEW EYES; SEEING LANDSCAPES MARK CAZALET Over the last thirty years I have found myself working in a wide range of geographical locations. But increasingly it is not about discovering different landscapes, but as Marcel Proust said, in having new eyes that I am drawn. A talk about colour, meditation process and materials MARK CAZALETstudied at Falmouth School of Art. Recent commissions include lino and wood cuts for Old Stile Press, engraved and etched screens for Mirfield Abbey and a chancel ceiling mural. 14.30 – 15.30 CRAFTING THE IMPOSSIBLE DESCRIPTION: LIZ CLAY A focus on the haute couture commissions, fabric development and production side of a felt making practice. LIZ CLAY specialises in couture handmade felt accessories and research development of fine felt fabrics. She is author of Nuno Felt and exhibits her work worldwide. 15.30 – 16.30 SILVERSMITHING – IDEA TO OBJECT ABIGAIL BROWN Abigail talks about the processes and techniques that she used to create ‘Boscwem-un’, a silver vessel inspired by a stone circle in Cornwall. This piece was produced for the exhibition – SILVER SPEAKS – IDEA TO OBJECT at the Victoria & Albert Museum until January 2017 ABIGAIL BROWNstudied silversmithing and jewellery at Loughborough. She sells her work internationally and in 2015 won the Bavarian State Prize for her ‘Isis’ bowl.