D & 2D textural exhibition created and inspired by wool. Curated by two local West Cumbrian artists, Angela Strange and Jenni Payne. Yan Tyan Tethera opens in the Harbour Gallery of the Beacon Museum on Saturday 11th June.
Angela Strange is a textile artist who specialises in working with wool to create handmade felt. The tactile properties of wool helps to manipulate the fabric using nothing but friction, soap and water. On display will be newly commissioned works from rugs and wall hangings to 3D sculptured art.
Fellow artist Jenni Payne, is a founder member of Florence Paintmakers, a small co-operative producing a range of artists’ materials with the remaining stocks of haematite from Florence Mine. Her artwork reveals a keen interest in the natural world, including the native Herdwick sheep, a fine subject for her drawings and pastel paintings.
“I have used the pastels to create a new selection of portraits of our iconic native sheep with colours from the land. Directly-observed sketches are used as a starting point with photographs providing reference material. The aim is always to capture something of their individual character. The local shepherds’ meets are a great source of inspiration” commented Jenni.
A series of taster sessions will be run throughout the exhibition where you will be able to create felt and see the different uses of wool, along with experimenting with art materials from Florence Mine to make paintings.
The first taster session runs on the opening day of Saturday 11th June 10.30am – 12noon. The event is free to join in, for anyone over the age of 12 years. Please wear appropriate clothing for a craft session and be aware that you will be working with wool products for any allergy sufferers.
The exhibition opens 10am on Saturday 11th June and runs Tuesday – Sunday until 16th July.