Interview for Re:Surface

Check out my interview on the website here:

http://www.surfacegallery.org/blog/2016/12/15/resurface-interview-with-the-artist

But I’ve linked it below for ease.

ARTIST: DOMINIQUE MITCHELL

 

What medium do you primarily work with and how did you get into it?

I work with all different types of yarn, alpaca, wool, cotton, acrylic – I like to experiment to see how the material affects the finished product in terms of density, fluidity, colour, size and texture. I constantly switch back and forth between crochet and knitting. It depends on what I am creating whether I crochet it or whether I knit it.

I’ve always wanted to create but I was useless at drawing and painting – the traditional arts -and then during my second year I picked up a crochet hook sat in front of youtube and voila. I realised that I could express my creativity through the medium of yarn and I have never looked back.

What will you be exhibiting at Re:Surface?

I am exhibiting two pieces in Re:Surface. One is an experimental crochet canvas adorned with brightly coloured flowers and quirky shapes. The other is a tubular knitted scarf that features patterns that I’ve used from around the internet and ones that I have designed myself. I started knitting this scarf in November 2015 whilst I was travelling in Romania. I wanted something to keep me busy on long coach rides or nights in at the hostel. I knitted throughout Romania, Bratislava, Vienna, Germany and Amsterdam and I’m still knitting it today. I don’t think I want to finish. Ill just keep adding to it year after year letting it grow row by knitted row.

What inspires you to create?

I’m inspired by everything and anything – by colours in a sunset,  a conversation with a friend, a piece of art, an instagram post, a story. I’ll note it down for future use. Sometimes I’m simply inspired by an emptiness that I want to fill, a space on my wall or a product that doesn’t exist. Then I like to spend time sketching and designing to see how I could create something to fill that space.

 

What do you see for you in the future?

Over the next year I’m looking to develop myself and my work further by creating more pieces, functional and artistic. Developing my crochet and knitting skills by learning new and more complex techniques. I’d like to begin to work on larger 3D pieces and some items of clothing.

Keep In Touch

http://www.myotherloves.wordpress.com

Instagram: dominiquekmitchell

Photo Credit: Sam Lindley

Photo Credit: Sam Lindley

Sunday:: A Look Back

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Working on Operation Home Improvement

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Some really wonderful sunsets from my study window

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Reimagined record covers by NTU first year Graphic Design students

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Starting again with my knitted postcard!

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Hooking up some brussle sprouts

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Spending time playing board game and drinking beers with friends

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I’ve spent a lot of time at my desk this week working on projects, studying and dreaming up some big ideas.

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Got into a huge mess with my first attempt at a knitted postcard! Frogged it.

Space:: Finally A Corner Of My Own

I’ve always wanted a little corner of my own. Somewhere to nurture and bring to life my creative ideas. Often I’ve just worked out of a bag and a laptop on my knee but it can be difficult to sustain and work consistently. I’ve already noticed my productively increase since I’ve been here.

Recently I moved into a new flat (yay!) and it had an extra bedroom, which we didn’t really need and so we decided to make it into a study. My other half has one corner and I have the other.

I found the desk second hand so it was an absolute bargain. I think it took a couple of hours to construct (I’m notsure as E fixed it all together as suprise whilst I was at work – lovely guy 🙂 and it looked awesome when I walked in.

It wasn’t even bare for a minute though it has taken a few weeks to make it my own and make it work as a space. Its a corner desk which means when I sit at it it almost curves around me and I feel focused on my projects.

So, without further ado, here is my little corner!

 

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Of course it’s a mess. Because that’s how I work. Chaotically, one idea leaping out of another triggered by fragments of half formed thoughts.

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Behind my laptop are two whiteboards, I bought some whiteboard pens to make notes and jot down anything I need to remember or research further. It’s also magnetic so I pin any leaflets or flyers I want to keep.

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Everyone needs a dictionary! This little space is sort of my writing/language space. Everything I need for when I’m writing creatively.

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My stationary compartment and cup of tea spot! Here I keep everything I need to make creative notes, design projects or sketch out ideas.

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Yarn corner! Of course I needed a space for yarn. I also have a box next to me filled with yarn that didn’t quite fit or projects I’m working on.

 

So that’s a tiny insight into my creative space! It’s where I knit, crochet, blog, study, write, think, create, imagine, draw and everything in between.

What’s your creative space like? Do you have a whole room or shed or a tiny corner like me or a sofa? I’d love to see your posts/videos.

 

Dominique

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