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Paula Reason's quilted sculptural installation is a portrait of her father's room at a scale of 1:5. It is an investigation into how the personalities become embedded into our surrounding in the selection of artefacts that the artist and her father use and how they take comfort from this. Paula's quilting technique figuratively wraps her father in his familiar surroundings when he was in hospital.
Paula's experience as an architect forms the foundations for her artistic practice. She works with textiles and paint. The specific qualities of this medium provides an almost unlimited way to explore and express the relationships that we have with the built environment.
Paula's bespoke work was featured in Collect 2020 with a large sculptural silk panels provided an insight into the relationship that three established craftspeople have with their studio spaces.
Paula accepts commissions for small to large-scale site-specific artwork for the home, commercial spaces and museum and gallery exhibits.
Embroidered and Painted Silk Panel
Framed size: 32.5x32.5cm
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Through Textile Art, Paula Reason investigates how the spaces we live in reflect who we are. Paula builds on her background as an architect to explore, through textiles, the relationship that we have with the spaces we occupy. Her articulate drawings are translated into hand-machine stitched sculptural pieces, each revealing stories of their occupiers. Using a quilted base for this work, a layer of raw silk on top of a cotton wadding with a canvas backing helps to define and shape the line, strengthening the evocative connotations of her work. For Paula: Our surroundings, at their best, are like a comfort blanket to our lives. By recording and paying attention to the details of where people live and work, a favourite chair, a book or even a discarded sweet wrapper, Paula creates portraits in textiles through the spaces that they inhabit.
Love Letter to my Father' (2019) came about when Paula's father became very ill, she wanted to comfort him in any way she could. Paula drew his favourite place at home as a way of holding on to him. This translated into a machine embroidered quilt to metaphorically wrap around him when he was in hospital, bringing a sense of his home to him. By doing this, she became aware of how much his surroundings spoke of the things he could not put into words at that time.
Spaces; A Life in Craft (2020) was initially an installation for the 2020 Crafts Council's Collect Open programme as a part of their international art fair for contemporary craft and design at Somerset House, London. It tells some of the stories of the many aspects of what it means to live a life in craft. This is often hidden behind closed doors. The creative spaces of three established artist-craftspeople were chosen: a domestic setting, an established studio, and a lost studio.
The richness and depth of what emerged as this work progressed was extraordinary. There were insights into the challenges and joy of a creative way of life, the impact that craft can have on others and the importance and influence of the studio on the making process.
The series 'Pandemic Havens was made in response to this last year which has brought us all much closer to our immediate surroundings: from the kitchen table, to newly adapted workspaces and the corners where we can find some sanctuary.