Earlier this year I was asked by Chelsea Cefai to contribute to a room set, part of a retrospective exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery, based on the work of Sheila Bownas. Sheila was a prolific artist and textile designer working in the 60’s and 70’s and Chelsea manages her archive. For the room set I produced a piece inspired by a simple grey and white geometric design.
The curator of the museum also asked if I’d like my own exhibition in a room next to the main event and I was excited to pull something together. We decided I’d create a few artworks inspired by Sheila Bownas and display a range of my own work.
Sheila had a huge output and such a variety of styles it was easy to take inspiration from her work. I applied my various methods of working to three of her designs. Some images were simplified, redrawn digitally with filters and gradients then turned into digital stitch patterns. Rectangular Movement started as a Sheila Bownas painting, I redrew it digitally then converted it to stitches. The background was created using making tape, layers of hand cut paper masks and spray paint, if you look closely you'll see parts of the image are not stitched.
The shapes on this next piece were hand drawn then turned into stitch patterns. All artworks were stitched using quality tapestry wool and the canvases stretched onto wooden frames. It's the first time I've mounted work this way and I'm really pleased with how the oak frames compliment the work.
The artworks have also alternative digital print versions, the print of Geometric Circles is shown and is available for sale here.
The exhibition runs from 25th June until 3rd of September at Rugby Art Gallery and most of the pieces will be for sale, let me know if you manage to get there!