Penny Burnfield is a fellow member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists and has a keen interest in gardens and gardening . Here she tells of her recent trip to Japan to help hang the 62 Group exhibition.
I’ve wanted to go to Japan for most of my life. One of the first gardening books I bought was “The Gardens of Japan” by Sima Eliofsen. I remember reading it from cover to cover. I longed to go and see these wonders for myself. So when an opportunity arose at the end of 2013, I took a deep breath and said “I’ll go”.
I belong to the 62 Group of Textile Artists and by dint of persistence and good fortune we were able to send an exhibition out to Tokyo. So the primary reason for the trip was to help our Japanese member, Atsuko Yamamoto, to “hang” the show.
Those people who visit art shows but have never been involved with their organisation, can have no idea how much it involves: unpacking – arranging a disparate selection of work into a harmonious whole – lugging moveable boards and display…
In December 2013 The 62 Group of Textile Artists will be having an exciting exhibition at the Koyo Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. I am delighted to say that ‘ A Grimsby Girl’s World Tour • Stopover Tokyo’ (Detail shown below) and ‘A Tea Party in Tokyo’ have been selected for this exhibition and will very soon be on their way sailing to Japan. My girls (and boys) seem to travel far and wide nowadays. Shame I can’t always go with them!
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This wonderful exhibition at Salts Mill in Yorkshire features some members of the 62 Group and is well worth a visit if you are in the area. CLOTH & MEMORY (2) is a site-specific exhibition located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Salts Mill, Saltaire Yorkshire UK. The exhibition features 23 artists drawn from a UK and international cohort and runs from August 18th to November 3rd 2013.
LESLEY MILLAR: Cloth & Memory Creative Director
Professor of Textile Culture, University for the Creative Arts
The Knitting and Stitching Show is nearly upon us and I shall be travelling to London for the first show at Alexandra Palace next week. I am helping to install the 62 Group of Textile Artists’ ‘Package Tour’ exhibition and will also be on our Stand TGJ3 on Thursday afternoon.
My work ‘Some Things never Change’ can be seen in the exhibition. For more information about this work click on the “Some Things Never Change’ link above.
I am looking forward to seeing how fellow members of the group have risen to the challenge of fitting their work within a box of a set size. As I usually present my own work on a stretcher and sometimes frame it I decided to make my work as a hanging and roll it up to make it fit into the box.
It will be great to meet lots of new people at the show and there will be the opportunity to buy the 62 Group book, RADICAL THREAD, on the stand at a special Knitting and Stitching Show promotional price of £15 which is a saving of £4.50 on the recommended retail price. The book which celebrates our 50th Anniversary, is a great read.
On a dull, drizzly day in February I visited Interventions,the first exhibition of the 62 group’s 50th Anniversary year at Platt Hall, Manchester which runs until 19 May 2012.
The Gallery of Costume is housed in an imposing Grade 2* Georgian building set within
Platt Fields Park and I was looking forward to seeing how other members had responded to the Museum’s Collection.
26 members of the group are represented in the exhibition and the work shown covers the
whole gamut of disciplines.
The main exhibition space is small but beautifully curated. The contrasting styles of work
sit well together and give a glimpse into the ethos of the group.
The juxtaposition of Jeanette Appleton’s Dressed to Dine, a beautiful life size felted china
collection, the contrast of hard and soft reminiscent of the work of Claus Oldenberg, and the cast concrete of Ann Goddard’s impressive piece Secret Support ( Extra Firm Hold) was sublime.
images below : top : Jeanette Appleton : Dressed to Dine/ bottom: Ann Goddard ; Secret Support (extra firm hold)
Quite a few members used construction: of cloth, of paper patterns, of garments, of lace and of undergarments, as a starting point for their work whilst others found inspiration in the Museum’s Accessories Collection. Boots & shoes, hats, baby bonnets, bags, parasols, and neckties were all represented as was the Museum’s fascinating Button collection.
A number of members used collected and/ or recycled clothing to give a more personal
and autobiographical response.
All in all I thought it was a great start to the year for the group.
Don’t forget you can buy the new 62 Group book RADICAL THREAD which showcases and celebrates 50 years of the group at www.62group.org