Friday 10th May: In Coversation With Artists Richard McVetis, Forest + Found plus Others

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Friday 10th May: In Coversation With Artists Richard McVetis, Forest + Found plus Others

Friday 10 May 2019


Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

It's London Craft Week 8th-12th May and to mark the event we are hosting an evening event "In Conversation With" with some of London's greatest Textile Artists

Book your place for half price when bought in addition to any Ray Stitch London Craft Week Workshop. To apply the discount please use the voucher code LCW50

A panel of 4 Textile Artists will talk freely about the connection between their work and traditional crafting processes, the conversation will be lead by chair spokesperson Gregory Parsons, a Gallery Curator and Textile Designer based in London. Towards the end of the evening we will also give you the opprtunity to ask your own questions.

The panel will be comprised of:

Richard McVetis MA RCA : Contemporary Hand Embroidery Artist

Finalist of the 2018 Loewe Craft Prize, Richard McVetis is once of the leading contemporary hand embroidery artists in the UK today. His minimalist work is an endless exploration, not just of form but also of the reclamation and potential of process and repetition within in stitch. His artwork has been exhibited in galleries, art fairs and museums across the world including the UK, Iceland, Ukraine, South Korea and the USA. His process is labour-intensive and centres on the use of hand embroidery that reflects a preoccupation with the repetitive nature of process, exploring the subtle differences that emerge through ritualistic and habitual making. McVetis, is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in 2008, he lives and works in London. Find examples of his work here

Abigail Booth : Co-founder of Forest + Found & Quilter

Working in both the visual arts and contemporary craft, artists Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth draw upon a background in painting and sculpture, whilst looking towards a newly developed language of craft. They work on objects independently, to produce installations and displays that form dialogues between landscape, material and process as they navigate the changing context of the maker. Driven by a deep relationship to the land they work with raw materials sourced directly from landscapes in and around the UK. Wood, earth and iron are the reoccurring elements that ground their individual practices in a material investigation of form, composition and colour. The use of raw material is integral to the work, with wood transformed into objects symbolic of human ritual, and cloth saturated in iron and earth to produce canvases that conjure the monumental and meditative. Using fire, earth and water to sculpt wood and build up colour on the surface of cloth, they produce objects that challenge the relationship between the imagined and the actual, where landscape occupies the critical space between thought and process. They treat this liminal space as a site where human narratives and identity can be challenged and re-written through the gesture of the maker and their interaction with the natural. Examples of their work can be seen here

Julie Arkell : Mixed Media Artist 

One of the UK’s best recognised contemporary folk artists. Working in papier-maché and mixed media, Julie combines craft and fine art techniques to create distinctly personal creatures. She uses a mix of vintage fabrics, scraps of poems and words she loves, as well as hand knitted textiles and stitching to make her dolls. Julie’s unique sense of 'making' is inpsired by old toys, painting, stories and folk art.
 Born in London, Julie Arkell studied at West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham before gaining a diploma in textiles at St Martin’s School of Art. Her work is exhibited all over the world including the UK, NYC and Japan.

Stewart Easton : Hand Embroidery Artist

Breaking the traditional boundaries of craft, Easton's work fuses together hand embroidery, sonic art and music. Drawing upon and using folk song, story and social history as a starting point Easton works with the space and weight of story to create large-scale wall based pieces which emphasise the passage of time within a single panel. These pieces vary in size and medium and can be drawn with hand embroidery, direct wall drawing or paint.

Whichever medium is used Easton emphasises the need to create using the hand as it is in this process that a connection is made with the story allowing a slowing down and immersion in the moment. Most recently Easton has been removing the ‘storyline’ of a visual narrative by creating geometric/ graphic forms in stitch. This reassembling of his work ethic in a chance layout enables the viewer to be free of their preconceptions of story. Using a process of abstract minimal stitch he is enabling himself to create a visual reference to an ever-changing pathway and reaching for a utopian form.You can find more examples of his work here

This two hour event begins with a 30 minute reception with free drinks and snacks followed by an hour’s talk and then a 30 minute Q and A at the end.