Friday, June 4, 2010

May Meeting Speaker – Elizabeth Couzins-Scott

Elizabeth lives locally and is a member of the 62 Group. She told us how her work developed from her interest in the dark side of experimental fashion designs how and this allows her to interpret her ideas into articles of clothing and accessories using unusual materials.  Her interpretation of a ‘must have item’ are made from steel wool, barbed wire, tacks or nails. They are both unsettling and amusing.

She very kindly let us handle and closely inspect the work that she had brought to show us.  Currently Elizabeth is working at the Whitworth in Manchester and is also an Artist in Residence at the University of Central Lancashire.

She also brought along a lot of samples some of which are made purely from melted, painted and distressed plastics, mostly bin liners!

Elizabeth also has work on display in the V&A in London.

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Patricia Bennett – Textiles from Around the World

In April we had a really interesting and humorous talk from Patricia Bennett entitled’ Textiles from Around the World’ – from Aden to Zanzibar!

She has certainly visited a great many places and had lots to tell us about her experiences in the numerous places that she has lived and worked. She brought along a superb collection of items that were representative of the places she talked to us about and some of her own lovely pieces that she creates using the darning stitch technique. We are certainly hoping to be able to put her down for a workshop on our next programme and we can definitely recommend her as a speaker.

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Pat’s own work – really lively, bright and colourful.