‘Bricks and mortar or branches and twigs which is Order and which is chaos’

The Eastern Region Textile Forum

Monday, April 4, 2016

The Eastern Region Textile Forum is displaying at the Rhodes Gallery for their 4th biennial selected Textile Art exhibition.

The intriguing theme of ‘Order and Chaos’  has been the subject of much discussion within the group and the resulting textile art work promises to be exciting and wide ranging in traditional and contemporary skills and techniques. The work for the exhibition was selected by internationally acclaimed weaver Heidi Lichterman.
Inspirational interpretations of the theme were created by the selected artists who use their skills to combine contemporary and traditional textile techniques. They express their ideas and concepts of Order and Chaos in surprising ways. Techniques used include Appliqué, Free Machine embroidery, felting, quilting and many more. One interpretation is based on the theme of ‘Land Lost to the Locust’, another ‘My Neighbours Ivy’.

We do hope this sparks your curiosity and you will visit the exhibition which is open from Saturday 2nd April until Friday 29th April 2016.
There are also two opportunities to meet the Artists and discuss their work on Saturday 16th and Friday 29th April 2016 from 11am-3pm.

It is remarkable that one of the ERTF Hertfordshire based artist Alison White’s work has travelled far and wide before arriving at the Rhodes Gallery in Bishop’s Stortford and this is a story about this little art piece, a true world traveller!

‘It was created in Barley then was selected for an international touring exhibition organized by Gudrun Heinz and sponsored by ‘Bernina’. That exhibition started at the Festival of quilts at the NEC in Birmingham then was displayed at 14 different venues including Riga in Latvia, St. Petersburg and Moscow and Murmansk in Russia, Prague in the Czech Republic, Girona in Spain, Solothurn in Switzerland and 5 different venues in Germany. The Art work was returned to Hertfordshire and is now on Display at The Eastern Region Textile Forum selected exhibition called ORDER and CHAOS on at the Rhodes Gallery throughout April.’ The title of Alison’s artwork is; ‘Bricks and mortar or branches and twigs which is Order and which is chaos’ and her artists statement reads: When Man builds cities where woodland once stood, he may say that he is creating Order from Chaos, but when a building decays nature soon emerges. Mother Nature fights back! So which is order and which is Chaos, Bricks and mortar or branches and twigs?

Alison who creates her Art work at her home in Barley in north Hertfordshire also teaches Art and Textiles at Presdales School in Ware. Her work is displayed amongst many others on the theme of Order and Chaos.  (www.sheepythings.com )

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