New Art Highlights
8 - 14 October 2018
New Art Highlights of the week includes Claire Barber, Brighid Black, Cherry Tenneson and Zena Blackwell
Mining Couture: A Manifesto for Common Wear by Claire Barber
‘Mining Couture: A Manifesto for Common Wear’ is a 143-page full colour book published by Black Dog [ISBN 978-1-907317-92-7] and emerges from a collaborative art project between myself, Steve Swindells and Leicestershire County Council’s Snibston Discovery Museum, exploring the relationship between coal mining and fashion and its surprisingly rich cultural history. Featuring essays, interviews and discussions, illustrated with photographs, maps, video stills and more, ‘Mining Couture’ is a unique study that merges history, fashion, art and contemporary life. Delving into the notion of ‘common wear’ and focusing on its social context, the book is brought to life through first-hand written recollections by miners and industry workers, including an interview with the 1972 National Coal Queen Margaret Dominiak, alongside participation with contemporary artists and curators. Featuring contributions by Professor Jessica Hemmings, Professor Paul Ward and curator June Hill, ‘Mining Couture: A Manifesto for Common Wear’ is a rare project which merges narratives form across the cultural spectrum, from social history to textile art.
Material Engagement, 2018 by Brighid Black
Taking bone beads found at the Neolithic site of Skara Brae, Orkney as a starting point, this project is an exploration of the embodied experience of making, beginning with the collection of raw materials; rabbit bones found on the grass at the Ring of Brodgar, Orkney, and nettles sourced near my home. The materials have been processed using a flint tool (the bone) and soaking in water and stripping down (the nettle fibres) to make a bracelet.
Part of the process was recorded in a video work Material Engagement.
Instagram paintings in progress, 2018 by Cherry Tenneson
A series of paintings based upon instagram feeds and advertising. Gouache on acrylic on board.
cotton, perpetuate, shine, 2018 by Zena Blackwell
A child wears frilly socks, Clarks patent cross-bar shoes and gingham dress but plays under an adult's coat.