Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Studio visit

Today I have been to visit Gilly Burrell's studio at Cuckoo Farm Studios. Gilly works with textiles in a truly imaginative way. A wonderful collection of organic sculptural pieces line a shelf. Crocheted with dishcloth string. Gilly explained how the shapes just evolve while she crochets away. The stiffness of the string enables them to hold their shape.

Tiny jewel like bags hang on the walls. 

Pieces of amazingly intricate textiles like this one, belie the amount of work that has gone into them. Many pieces of fabric, sewn, cut, re-arranged, embroidered and re-worked end up giving great depth to the piece.
Gilly's studio just fills the senses with colour, sweet jars filled with buttons, fabric scraps and all manner of magical bits to enhance her textiles. Coloured cottons all neatly standing on a board like something in a North African souk.

Cuckoo Farm Studios are hosting a Winter Lights show in November, which I am hoping to take part in. I'll keep you posted. There will be a wide range of artworks for sale, from ceramics, textiles, metal work and paintings. Just the place to find some unusual Christmas presents.