20th October 2018 Conference
Guest Speaker - Alice Fox
Morning talk: 'A Coastal Perspective' - Alice Fox
We had the most excellent of conferences, thanks to a great venue, a fully booked 30 places and brilliant talk and workshop by Alice Fox. “The House of High Tea” literally provided the icing on the cake(s)! Many thanks went to Carole Nicholls for enabling all this to happen.
Since graduating in 2011, Alice has focused her artistic practice on engaging with landscape, particularly coastal. Working on paper, silk and linen Alice layers up print and stitch to make contemplative artworks that embody locations.
Alice took us in detail through her experiences as Artist in Residence for six months at Spurn Point Nature Reserve in Yorkshire in winter! The observations she made and the way she made connections between everything she saw linked completely with her finishing exhibition on all six floors of the lighthouse. No less than 750 people found their way to this remote spot over the three days of her exhibition.
Moving on from this her work still relates directly to place but at the same time broadening out to including a variety of coastal sites and other diverse items collected, including “Gifts” from the pavements of Saltaire where she lives.
Afternoon workshop: 'Paper & Stitch' - Alice Fox
Alice Fox set us a challenge of exploring means of combining scraps of different papers through stitch with a variety of threads and discovering how they behaved when modified in ways such as piercing, tearing, rolling, crumpling etc. We were encouraged to examine these effects in close detail – for example, how different papers behave when pierced from the “right” side compared with when they are pierced from the “wrong” side.
As often happens when creative people experiment with a medium, the outcomes, after an intensive hour or two were strikingly diverse. A final display of all the pieces together revealed the many ways papers had been combined into layers or strips or small 3-D sculptures. We learnt both from our individual efforts, prompted by Alice, and from viewing one another’s work.
At the end of the workshop, with no two pieces being alike, I think we had all learnt something for the future about using paper as a surface for stitch.