November meeting - interesting discussions and a talk from Sarah Burgess

posted 15 Nov 2015, 08:28 by Bronwyn Fleming
This month our committee had decided to take some time as a branch to discuss and consider the consultation documents from Terry Murphy sent to us in October. A lively discussion followed and members had the opportunity to consider the proposals, think about their response as a member of a branch and as an individual member. Our committee used two notice boards and collected questions and statements on post-it notes from members to help the committee formulate a response on behalf of the branch too. We intend to send our post-it notes to Terry - and hope he can answer some of our questions.

After lunch we were treated to an entertaining and interesting talk by Sarah Burgess entitled Interior Landscapes.
Sarah is a member of the Textile study Group, according to her artist statement, she is enjoying the challenges of freelance life after teaching art, design and textiles in further and higher education and following recent MA studies in Textiles at Manchester School of Art. Her work explores the accidental incidents that disrupt the smooth order and predictability of everyday life. Dementia and memory loss have been important themes.
Drawing is crucial to her work using print, ink and graphite and recent work with landscape and mono-print on paper and fabric has brought a return to colour with complex printed surfaces often layered with marks of stitch, cut and inserted with flashes of bright silks.
She is excited by the qualities of materials, including fabric but also ceramic, glass, wood, metal or feathers; materials strongly contrasting in weight and character and used for their expressive properties whilst open structured work may explore perceptions of fragility.
Sarah's work was interesting and thought provoking, it was fascinating to listen to Sarah explain the ideas and connections that link her art and ideas.