This time next week I will be in Florence and the XIth Florence Biennale will be opening its doors! The following is taken from their Facebook page. Follow the link for the website. eARTh – Creativity & Sustainability 6 – 15 October, 2017 | Fortezza da Basso, Florence The Florence Biennale is the major contemporary […]
Windows, architecture, museum displays, window displays, fashion, reflections, glistening gold, inky warm blues, brilliant turquoises, deep rich reds, russets and browns. A rich tapestry of history waiting to tell its story and share its drama and excitement visually and metaphorically.
Graffiti on a Florence wall. It was near the Pitti Palace. I looked for it this summer it had been removed. I was glad for the buildings and preservation of the city but it had stayed in my heart. As has the work of Yinka Shonibare https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/artist/yinka-shonibare-ra which I have had the privilege of seeing at […]
It’s so hard to determine, was it a flash of an idea based on a children’s story? The story of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” (Danish: Kejserens nye Klæder) is a short tale written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, about two weavers who promise an emperor a new suit of clothes that they say is invisible to those who […]
Perhaps the most exciting event I have taken part in since The Oxford International Art Fair. Landmark Arts, Teddington, London is such a beautiful piece of architecture in itself and my work looked stunning sat at the alter. The church was filled with the most beautiful mix of colour texture and design. The visitors were […]
Venice has become a constant companion in my mind. It stays with me and whispers in my ear everyday. The light, the colours and sounds of this precious place feed my imagination daily.
My prize for winning at Oxford International Art Fair is to exhibit in Tokyo. Sadly I am unable to attend in person and so there is a digital display. The city of Tokyo will be playing host to hundreds of talented artists from all around the world when it stages the second Tokyo International Art Fair byGlobal Art Agency (The […]
Working with others inspires and enlightens. Sometimes it’s learning new skills, seeing a process through fresh eyes, bouncing ideas off one another or just enjoying having some company! It was also a compliment to be asked by Bruce to design a new show for him at Mount Edgcumbe, Cornwall where he exhibited with Miss Ivy’s […]
Bruce Jack Upholstery http://www.bruce-jack.co.uk “Nothing too grand and nothing too humble – we can work on all sorts of furniture from granny’s foot stool to antique sofas, all with the same level of expertise and care. We are known for the quality of the materials we use and we always try, where possible, to use […]
I have followed and admired artist Laure Bury for many years. Firstly falling in love with her use of colour, freshness and joyous imagery. http://laurebury.com It was a delight to swop skills. Laure needed new covers and a freshen up for her favorite chairs and I have some bright fresh landscapes to cheer me everyday!
I have always hoarded and saved things, which might be useful. I love ancient buildings and magical places. Where ever I go I seek out texture, detail and hidden beauty. I absorb colour, texture, and ideas and at some point it will spark a new train of thought and a new body of work. This […]
So why do I find it so hard to write my blogs… when I love words? I have lovely images and stories to share. Facebook is easy, do pop across and see my FB page https://www.facebook.com/TessaJaneFineArtTextiles/ I think its because at the moment I feel like I’m talking to myself. It’s important to reflect but […]
“That has such people in it” (Shakespeare) Braving to play with my web site because so much has changed in my practice. I have moved forward and am wishing for these changes to reflect in my website. I am terrified as I hit buttons, update and edit but today I have a lovely family expert encouraging […]
Please bare with me whilst I try to sort out who, what and why my website has been compromised! Its #NationalPoetryDay and all I can think of is a very sarcastic “Oh brave new world that has such people in it”, Shakespeare, The Tempest.
Moving Textiles: Digital Encounters 13 Jun – 24 Jul 2014 University for the Creative Arts New Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent, Ct1 3AN The Crysalis exhibition series is hosted by Crysalis partners made up of four exhibitions, one at each partner site from September 2013 to October 2014. The four exhibitions entitled Moving Textiles have different […]
Every month I promise myself I will work on my blog and catch up. Every month there seems to be something more important or with an immediate deadline. But actually what is more important than recording what I’ve done and where am I now? In fact that is what I’m working on now. I have […]
Chelsea Old Town Hall, 4 days in London, family, friends and food! It wasn’t just about the show, it was everything. I felt on top of the world and will never be afraid to try anything. Seeing my work on The Parrallax Facebook page to talking, sharing thoughts and ideas with Cypriot to Russian Artists, […]
Part of my preparations for PAF9 was to visit The London Art Fair. I left early on the train and met my mother. I never quite get over the excitement of going to London. The streets are not paved with gold as I thought as a child and I find it dirty and dusty but […]
I knew I would be nervous but I can’t quite explain how I feel. I think todays messy play was me externalising it all. Delighted to see y chair on the Parallax Face Book page and social media is going well. Big questions, have I got the right work? Will I remember everything as I […]
A little taste of what is to come. My face book page https://www.facebook.com/TessaJaneFineArtTextiles tells the story and I am spending a lot of time rebuilding this site and adding art work for sale. It takes as much time marketing as creating and I really wish I could clone myself to get all the jobs done […]
Goodness such a lot to do! This is so out of date having curated another exhibition at my favourite place The Garden House, completed open studios, curated Drawn to the Valley’s Past Present and Future at Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, The Big Draw and now preparing for Parallax Art Fair, London! I have been […]
“I think about the colour, use of line, light, texture and composition.” It was fabulous to work with Clare Law and Sophy White on this show. The feed back from you all was wonderful and I made new connections and friends. We were open 10-4pm daily as part of the Open Studios Cornwall and it […]
When you arrive at a show do you think about all that has gone by to arrive at that place? The hours of drawing, creating and experimenting. I’m afraid I don’t! I just enjoy that moment. I have then and there with each piece of work as I view it. I think about the colour, […]
All part of my continuing residency, which I am incredibly grateful for and highly recommend. I have spent many happy hours in the print room. Dying, printing and experimenting with layers. Little samples to test how the screens build up over one another and I’m really pleased with the results. I have experimented with foils […]
“A new challenge for me to sit and listen, to hear the world. What are these senses which for some overwhelm and for others have no meaning. They are deaf, dumb and blind. Open your mouth, eyes and ears, breathe deeply and smell, reach out and touch. Taste, feel, see, smell and listen to our […]
My trip underground with Adam Chodzko in Ghost In the dark confined space I took comfort from the deep resonating sounds of the voice. It was an intimate space, deeply secretive and gave light to ones innermost fears and thoughts. “This is where my father died”. It was a statement. Not one that invited comment or […]
I am thrilled with this opportunity and it is enabling me to work in new ways and media-particularly my textiles. 25 years ago I specialised in constructed textiles (weaving) and always wanted to print. This residency is enabling to do this and also to work on glass and other materials. My work has been selected […]
My recent ski trip to Slovakia has surprisingly given new meaning and direction to my work. I’ve always been drawn to the majesty of arches. Often soaring above us making our presence seem so tiny and inconsequential. An early ride up the cable car (which I called the pumpkin) onto the slopes gave me a […]
MAKING TRACKS We carve our way through time yet look back sometimes longingly at our past. We fight to preserve and do not embrace progress well. For it is ugly. We scorn those before us who raced ahead, devouring the land and failing to protect its future. Protect, preserve, recycle and strive for a sustainable, […]