Light and Line

Above image: One o’clock, Anne Morrell, 2008. 59.5 x 66 cm. Photographer: Michael Pollard As I entered the Light and Line exhibition at the Nottingham Castle gallery, I felt as if I was entering a space of calm and serenity, partly due to the peace and quiet of the gallery – a welcome change to the …

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Kanga – communicating cloths

A recent exhibition at the British museum displayed and documented a rich Africa textile tradition. In a previous blog post, I wrote about an exhibition and symposium entitled ‘Social Fabric‘ in which fabric was used as a metaphor for society, and often a symbol of colonial power. On the other hand, the recent exhibition at …

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Asia House Fair – a review

One thing amongst many others that I love about living in London, especially during a long period of no travelling, is that I get to have little experiences of India and tasters of lots more countries that I haven’t been to. These tasters allow me to reminisce about travels or plan for further exciting travels …

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Wool House at Somerset House

As I sit looking out at the miserable grey sky and snow coming down horizontally, almost blizzard like, I wish I could be sitting cosily in the ‘mammoth chair’ or in one of the rooms decorated completely using wool in the Wool House exhibition at Somerset House. The exhibition was curated and styled by Arabella …

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A little bit of Kachchh in Manchester

An exchange project organised by A Fine Line involved two artists Lokesh Ghai, textile artist and graduate of National institute of Fashion Technology in Ahmedabad, and teacher at Kala Raksha in Kachchh, and Shamji Vishram, a weaver from Bhujodi, Kachchh exhibiting their work and carrying out workshops in various galleries in the North West. These included …

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A feast of pattern

Another new gallery space discovered recently – Aram Gallery on Drury Lane, Covent Garden London. It is on the top floor of a contemporary designer furniture store established  by Zeev Aram in the early 1960s. Having seen the Eley Kishimoto exhibition advertised and not realising it was situated in a furniture store, it was a …

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What makes craft valuable?

  Added Value focusses on British craft and separates the exhibition into six different categories – aspects that may affect the value of a crafted product. These are: bespoke, skill, experience, materials, brands and the everyday. Each of these aspects are explained by attributing a particular craftsperson or company to them as an example. Thinking Earrings, …

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