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The exhibition joins the celebrations of Farnham in Bloom. Artists throughout the centuries from all cultures have been drawn to the beauty and elegance of flowers. Virginia Wolff remarks that we need to understand the beguiling beauty of a single flower, in order to grasp the meaning and potential of life itself.
Vanessa Hogge's decorative ceramic wallflowers and vessels bring a unique textural and visual dimension to any wall or table. Inspired by her passion for all things botanical, and influences as diverse as Frida Kahlo, Indian miniature paintings and Marianne North, Vanessa breathes life into her clay in the form of dahlias, chrysanthemums, daisies, hydrangeas and Daphne.
The inspiration for Janet Twinn's textiles comes from observation of the natural world, she uses drawing and photography to capture the moment from the changing colours of the season to the detailed structures found in garden flowers.
Lucy Burley's ceramic vessels are not only inspired by the colours of flowers, but the bottle vases are also intended as a vehicle for displaying a single bloom, as described by Virginia Wolff; also, for many years she has taken inspiration from my daily walks around West Street Cemetery, close to her house, where Farnham Town Council have created a beautiful wildflower area, which when in bloom has inspired many of her glaze colours
The jeweller Rosie Wesley is fascinated by the concept of taking something from our natural environment and transforming it or assembling it into something else; giving it a new life away from its original environment. Her work allows you to appreciate natural spaces everyday, and preserve a part of them forever.
Peipei Yu's work was captured and designed at her mother's garden in China in 2018. She was sitting in the garden and saw the flower bloom; Peipei observed the leaf texture and recorded the reflection on the pond. Since the rapid development of urbanization, it is hard to have a garden at home in the city. In the city, you could smell the cars and the factories but the nature, the greens. Those works remind the artist of her childhood memories.
The exhibition is curated by Loucia Manopoulou.
158 x 53 cms
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Jane has been making art quilts since 1994 and has been a member of Quilt Art since 1995. Her book Colour in Art Quilts was published by Batsford Books in 2011.
Her recent work has been concerned with the cycle of the seasons exploring it through its changing colours and textures and from the beauty to be found in both decay and rebirth.
She investigates her subject matter through photography and drawing and in the process of observation, contemplation and in time spent walking in the countryside. In her latest work she has been observing the shape, pattern and structure of garden flowers to create a series of quilts that reflect this interest in the details to be found in plants. This has resulted in her palette becoming more vibrant and upbeat.
I think I am quite formal in my approach to creating work, colour is probably the most significant aspect in my work, I am interested in its emotional effect on our senses and in how it can convey mood and atmosphere. I dye, paint and print all my own fabric.