Re:Surface – An Art Exhibition

Over the last few weeks I have, alongside another, organised and curated my first art exhibition. I’ve loved every minute and learned a lot.
Organising involved writing press releases, social media marketing, liaising with artists, holding meetings and taking minutes, collaborating creatively and professionally with others, filming a video, installing the art works, cleaning and prepping the gallery as well as others.
Curating was probably the highlight for me. It was a gradual process that required some thought and would be subject to change as more people brought in their work. Consideration had to be given to light and space and how each piece worked side by side as well as how the space looked as a whole.
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Opening night was last night and I was so pleased that my friends and family came to support me. It was a great night with a musician, live portrait shoot, live body paint as well as mulled wine and mince pies.
Here is a photo of all the pieces of work for those in other countries and cities who won’t be able to come and take a look.

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Did you notice anything? Yes! My Favourite Things scarf is in there! Even though it’s unfinished – I’ve sort of decided that it’ll be a lifelong project – I think it looks great stood up there.
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Not the best quality photo but oh well. I felt very proud on opening night, to see everything come together so well and all my hard work that I’d put into my work on display. I had a lot of good feedback and compliments too.
Anyway, thanks for reading.
Dominique

Art:: Pulse at Surface Gallery Nottingham

There aren’t many exhibitions that engage more than the visual sense. Pulse at Surface Gallery Nottingham has sound, smell, texture and sight to lose yourself in.

As you walk in your eyes are caught by the huge, draped black fabric installation that draws eveything in like a black hole, but its unstructured nature allows you to pass through it becoming and altering the piece. To the left, lying face down on the ground, a large sinister creature, howling and groaning, dying. You move around the exhibition, shadowed by the unsettling sounds echoing around the space and are greeted by the intricate drawings of foliage that is infused with subtle scents. It really is a fantastic, evocative exhibition – you must come along.

Pulse is the culmination of a months residency at Surface Gallery. Eight Fine Art graduates from across the midlands were selected to participate.

Below are just a few pictures from the exhibition, you will have to come along, because these photos do no justice for the works. They must be heard and experienced first hand.

 

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Jane Smith:: Wall I

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Miriam Bean:: Modulated

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Uta Feinstein

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Dave Dent:: Ex Nihilo – In Search of the Absolute

Interview with Dave Dent

Interview with Uta Feinstein

A link to the blog at Surface Gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who are you? Q & A

Helllllloooo there!

I wanted to do a little Q&A post because I’ve had this blog for a couple of years now but I’ve never really introduced myself. When I started this blog I was only going to blog about crochet but over the years I’ve evolved personally and creatively! Now I blog about knitting, my travels, recipes, my adventures around Nottingham  and the UK as well as anything else that takes my fancy.

So this is me ….. It was taken a few weeks ago, the day before my birthday!

When did you start this blog?

I started this blog way back in 2012!!! I can’t believe it, that will be five years in January. Though, over the years, I have had some big breaks where I didn’t post at all. I also can’t believe how much I have come along in terms of image quality, theme and, hopefully, content. My spelling and grammar remain awful.

What is your current WIP?

My current WIP is my Favourite Things scarf, to be honest I cannot wait to finish as I started it this time last year and I would like to start something new. I am thoroughly enjoying but… I just want to learn a new skill – like cables or lace. I think I’ve got stranded knitting down to a T now. The cool thing about my scarf is that I’m actually hoping to display it at an exhibition I’m curating for volunteers at a local art gallery. I’ll post more about that closer to the time.

How old were you when you learned to knit?

I remember my gran, who loves to knit, showing me a little when I was a teenager but I never really grasped the idea. It was many years later, during my second year of Uni  that I picked up needles – on a whim – but alas, knitting continued to elude me. Then I tried crochet and everything changed. I was hooked. I could express my creativity through yarn and colours. I could make blankets, hats, scarves, decorations! I could design my own patterns and go crazy. I really, really enjoyed it. After another year I decided to try knitting again, I thought “I taught myself to crochet, I can teach myself to knit!” and this time I picked up circular needles rather that straights. For some reason everything made sense and I finally got the point.

Do you enjoy any other crafts/hobbies/interests? If so, what?

. I like to write short stories and I regularly attend a writing group. I occasionally draw and use watercolours. I would like to try embroidery and even upcycle some furniture. But there are only so many hours in a day so I have to limit myself and make sure I actually finish the things I start!

What does the future hold for this blog?

I am going to try and post more often. I have a thousand ideas. I’m working on a series of posts about Crochet and Knit artists from around the world. I also want to feature other crafters, designers, bloggers and artists. I want to create and share patterns I have designed as well as create beginners crochet and knit lessons. All this and more! So stick around for some cool stuff🙂

What is your next WIP?

 I want to start making my own clothes. I love the Slow Clothes Movement. I’m hoping to learn how to knit jumpers from this pattern, which shows you how to improvise a jumper. Once you’ve made one and got the hang of it you can go mad! With colours, stitches, yarn, designs – the only limit will be your imagination! And I’m sure, I know, my imagination has no limits.

Thanks for reading everyone!

Knit and Crochet Art – PHAT KNITS

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Phat Knits is a series created by Bauke Knottnerus of large scale knitted pieces using gigantic (how he even used the needles I’ll never know,)to intertwine the threads together. These pieces are in fact items are furniture, functional and fashionable! I think they are amazing. I love it when artists and designers stretch the boundaries of purpose and fuction blending it all in these hugely inspiring and mind bending installations. I think these pieces are amazing. Great to look at and probably insanely comfortable to lay on. Check out his other pieces on Pinterest.

Etsy:: Ten Brilliantly Beautiful Brooches

  1. I love whales and I would love to see them in person, for now I’ll stick (excuse the pun) with this beauty. Find it here.

Whale Brooch Pin ... Silver Vintage Pin Blue Whale

2. I love the texture of this toadstool brooch, it’s really unusual and quirky.  Find it here.

Toadstool brooch, Woodland jewellery, Vegetable jewelry, Red mushroom, Wire Wrapped brooch, Woodland birthday, Kawaii kitsch pin, Artisan

3. I’m not a massive fan of Christmas. The commercialisation, the excessive amount of money spent, the fact that chocolate snowmen are in stock in October and blahblahblah – but – I LOVE ELF! I can’t help it. I watch it once a year, wrapped up with a Baileys Hot Choc and giggle my head off and get all the lines that I think I know all mixed up and feel all Christmassy. Find it here.

Bye Buddy Narwhal Enamel Pin, Christmas Pin, Elf Movie Pin, Narwhal Pin, Christmas Gift, Lapel Pin

4. Sorry couldn’t resist slipping another Elf in. Find it here.

3.25" Buddy The Elf Die Cuts set of 25

5. Shoes. I love these old fashioned shoe brooches, I’m not sure how comfortable they would be to wear on your feet but to wear on your jumpy I think they’d be just dandy! Find it here.

Shoes Pin/Brooch Set of 2

6. These charming little brooches are made from stoneware clay. They have photographs of real houses adorned on them and I absolutely love them. Find it here.

House Brooch

 

7. This bear looks like its creeping along looking for a pot of honey. I love the dynamic colours and hand painted feel. Find it here.

Bear Brooch, Bear Jewellery, Hand Painted Brooch, Hand Painted Jewellery, Quirky Gift, Animal Jewelry, Harlequin Brooch, Harlequin Jewelry,

8. Come on. Who doesn’t love David Attenborough? I would happily wear this on my jumper to display to the world. Find it here.

Sir David Attenborough Hand Painted Pin Badge Brooch! 10% of profits go to charity.  Nature, Environment, Laser cut wood

9. Cute and quirky, small yet eye catching. Find it here.

Octagon Laser Cut Diamond Wheel Stained Glass Wooden Brooch

10. Ahh! I know this isn’t a brooch but I couldn’t not include it, look at that little dog. Find it here.

Hand Painted Dog in a Bike Basket Necklace Mint Green. Laser cut wood, illustration jewellery. Cute cool colourful fun animal unique jewelry

Bonus!

11. I know it’s cold and wet and dreary but I think this sweet little brooch is just lovely.It takes me back to one of my favourite places in the world… Southwold (if you scroll to the bottom you can see me sat crochetting in our beach hut). Find it here.

Beach hut brooch - Summer jewelry - Beach jewellery - Seaside lover jewelry - Beach hut - Wooden brooch - Ocean jewellery - Nautical brooch

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

An update:: My Favourite Things scarf

I started this nearly a year ago, somewhere between Romania and Bulgaria, oh how that feels like a lifetime ago. Since I returned from my travels (find some of my posts here, here and here) I must confess that I haven’t really been knitting or crocheting at all. I’ve been spending a lot of time working and settling back into some kind of routine and finally, finally, I’ve started knitting again.I thought it would take me a while to pick it up again but it was almost instant.

Here is a little timeline of My Favourite Things scarf and then below that is where I’m at with it now.

Post One – Buying the yarn in Istanbul, Turkey

Post Two – Starting my scarf on a train to Romania

Post Three – Plodding along .

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And here we are today! Whoop!! It’s getting so long! I can’t wait to wrap up in it in these cold, winter months. I still have a few ideas about what else I’m going to add to it, definitely something travel related – maybe a map.  I want it to be long enough so that I can wrap it around my neck  at least twice. I’m obsessed with finishing it before Christmas – I actually have a deadline now and that’s the 4th of December. I’m volunteering at a local art gallery and we will be having an in house exhibition and all the volunteers are able to submit something, it can be anything, so I’m going to submit my scarf! So i have just under two months to get it all finished!

 

Have fun knitting!