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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.
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Antigone playfully reinvents intricately worked, embroidered textiles on an architectural scale. Repurposing industrial materials and processes using traditional hand stitching techniques, birch plywood panels and vegetable tanned leather are transformed with soft stitched tactile cords.
Her inspiration comes from diverse experiences while training at the Royal College of Art, such as learning traditional embroidery in the remote Kosi Hills of Eastern Nepal, alongside research into the importance of haptic knowledge and learning for a vehicle design focused on the role of children in autonomous cars.
Antigone's work highlights the beauty of embroidery and gives it a new function. Inspired by the nature of counted thread techniques that create beautiful designs on both sides of the fabric they are worked on, Antigone exaggerates their scale to create double sided, visually striking, tactile surface treatments.
Antigone's work plays with the conventional aspects and associations of textiles and aims to elevate their role beyond ephemeral additions to an interior. They speak of quality and timelessness, with a fresh and modern approach.
Antigone is based in London.