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Rising Stars 2020 (extended)

7 March to 4 July 2020

Rising Stars 2020 (extended)

Rising Stars is a platform for some of the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers in crafts, design and applied arts. This curated, selling exhibition will be showcased at the New Ashgate Gallery and also include a programme of makers' professional development events and a £500 prize. The participants are graduating students, recent graduates or at a pivotal moment in their early career due to changed circumstances.

Many of the graduating makers are at cross roads: they have a full portfolio of fabulous ideas, but are yet to establish their business skills and a network of collectors. Rising Stars offers just the right platform, and for many, it is a starting point for an exceptional career. Rising Stars is an opportunity for both makers as well as art collectors who wish to support and collect work by future stars.

Following an open call with 97 applications, 26 makers of exceptional talent were selected by a panel of craft experts, Dr Outi Remes (New Ashgate Gallery), Sharon Ting (University for the Creative Arts) and Debra Allman (UCA). They are Darren Ball, Sandy Buchanan, Niamh Duddy, Jack Durling, Fran Fell, Beth Gates, Rhiannon Gwyn, Faye Hall, Abeer Kayani, Joshua Kerley, Antigone Lentzos, Rebecca Oldfield, Archana Pathak, Rebecca Perry, Laura Plant, Irina Prolygina, Jane Sarre, Jane Sedgwick, Ralph Shuttleworth, Hannah Staber, Olivia Taylor, Hermione Thomson, Nikole Tursi, Claire Walton and Katie Watson.

Rising Stars is organised by the New Ashgate Gallery and supported by the Billmeir Charitable Trust. We work in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

Hermione Thomson - Presence of Absence

Hermione Thomson

Presence of Absence

Mixed Materials

Ref: 104859

15 x 5 x 5 cms


Hermione Thomson

Hermione takes an experimental approach to her work using a range of traditional and contemporary processes, methods and media. Drawn to finding the beauty in worn surfaces that echo time passing, her works often have an aesthetic tactility about them.
In Hermione's current body of work entitled 'Presence of Absence', this inspiration can be seen in how she utilises choice materials and processes. Using textiles as a conveyor for the universal condition, her works are laced with metaphors for the emotions experienced when left bereft. Cylindrical voids become abstract forms acting as a metaphor for loss. Materials have undergone various highly stressed processes to signify how the human psyche suffers during this traumatic emotional state.

Felt, being the oldest textile known becomes the choice vehicle to work with when referencing the human condition. The found stained felt blankets were originally from a printer's press that received makers' marks from years of use. Human hair was selected and applied to the felt surface on some of the pieces, as a means to translate ideas about life and death. Each hard and soft monochromatic form affords a deliberate tension created by juxtaposing the Jesmonite with the felt. Every handmade piece is unique, referencing the individual nature of our own mourning experience. Scale and tone also vary to reflect that we all experience differing weights of loss and grief at some point in our lives. Hermione's work hopes to allow the viewer permission to contemplate their own journey of grief.

Hermione is based in Hampshire.

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