7th February, 2014 / 11.00am - 4.00pm
19th April, 2013
An Exhibition and Book of Contemporary British Textiles, New Media, New Methods, New Work
Opening event: Friday 19th April 2013, 6pm – 9pm
Exhibition Runs: Thursday 20th April – Saturday 20th May 2013
Symposium: Saturday 27th April 2013, 2pm – 8pm
Artists: Lisa Bloomer | Melanie Bowles | Ele Carpenter | Bridget Harvey | Tanvi Kant | Katherine May | Marie Molterer | Marie O’Connor | Emma Neuberg | Geraldine Peclard | Egle Vuleviticiute | Samantha Warren | Camille Walala | Clare Willard
The Geometrics: Volume 1 showcases a new chapter in British textiles – their meaning, possibility, diversity and reach. In the first of a series of exhibitions, Volume 1 focuses on the interface between fine art, film and fashion.
Geometrics have always been central to populist textile design, from Aztec weave and Xhosa beadwork to Sonia Delaunay knit and Jonathan Saunders print. The Geometrics: Volume 1 works this rich legacy into present day processes, media and methods. Html patchwork, Nbedele-inspired plastics, geometric performance gifs, embroidered wood, lazercut laminates and open source design: this is contemporary British textiles, new media, new language, new meaning.
The artists are a group of emerging practitioners and design activists specializing in tactile mathematical form, pattern, structure and narrative. The majority of them trained at the Royal College of Art and Chelsea College of Art & Design and invite study in their own right.
A dynamic and inspiring public programme of events, workshops and a one-day symposium accompany the exhibition. The Geometrics: Volume 1 book is also launched outlining the artists working processes and focus on geometrics.
Talks and presentations include an analysis of Anni Albers’ Aztec inspiration by Marianna Franzosi (Tribal Art Gallery, Rome), Postmodernism at the V&A Reworked by open source textile design platform The People’s Print and Geometric Semiotics by Dr Emma Neuberg, director of the Slow Textiles Group.
The show, book, happenings and social interactions culminate in a second publication later in the year, which will bring together the different strands to form the first geometric textiles anthology of its kind.
The Geometrics: Volume 1 marks an exciting, participatory starting point for promoting discourse around timeless textile aesthetics and society’s symbolic and sartorial relationship with these.
Project concept and design – Dr Emma Neuberg with Daisy McMullan
Exhibition curated by Daisy McMullan
With in-kind support from CHELSEA space and the National Museum of Computing.
Image: Homage to Memphis, Melanie Bowles, 2011