Painter whose sole intention is to get more images of black people in galleries. To do this he realised that he needed to be a good painter so he becomes better at painting by copying the styles of other painters i.e. rococco large scale historical scenes, impressionist plein air. You can see it in all his paintings, a need and desire to develop – so anything goes. FIDGETY ARTISTS. He has, as a result become an excellent technical painter [on top of his powerful image making skills]. When making a painting, he will make the clothes / costumes for the models to wear and will get the flowers in and then sets it all up with mannequins as opposed to models.
He has a constant conversation with the History of Art and will take anything from a few weeks to a decade to complete a painting.
For part of the PHD I am considering setting up a 3 month trial Quilting Bee in my village, I am keen for this to be a multi-generational project although I will not force it if it does not happen. To attract possibly different age ranges I am thinking about running one session during the week in a morning and another in an evening.
I am not a knowledgeable quilter so it will be interesting to see if it is something we will all develop knowledge of together or if people will attend with a range of quilting skills already?
I am also keen to stick with the original concept of a quilting bee which would ensure groups of people coming together, socializing and eating but with the aim to create quilts quickly (many hands working together) for families in need when the settlers were moving into new homes etc.
I have many questions about setting one up, need to find an appropriate space etc. In the meantime, I have been invited to one that is already up and running in a village near by so we will see what that brings. I also intend to join in with a craft club (where everyone gets on with their own work) at a coffee shop in town.
Women and Children at a Quilting Bee, Manitoba, Canada. (1880-1950?)
This is a project I have admired for several years having seen a piece of work and supporting video at the V&A (need to find out which exhibition). Will have to consider if this is a potential case study or simply a point of interest.
An exhibition about this work is currently on at The York Quilt Museum and Gallery until May 9th called Voices from the Inside.
I am interested in Textiles for Protest, particularly the Suffrage Banners. This piece was designed by Florence Lockwood and is cared for at the local Tolson Museum in Huddersfield. I am planning a trip over to The Peoples Museum in Salford soon where I understand there will be a lot to explore on this subject.
This is a project that is touring round Britain, looks like it is Brighton based and involves several groups. Protest is at the heart of the project, which is ‘to re-make Picasso’s Guernicaso as to deploy the power of art against fascism, militarisation and war’.
Blog info – very useful project, could be a case study.