Looking ahead to October exhibition

‘Catch the Wave’ exhibition to be held at the St Ives Arts Club this October. Originally planned for June this will be another opportunity to see the work of Alison Duprenex alongside my metalwork, artwork & jewellery.

This exhibition will take place in the Agnus Naylor room in the St Ives Arts Club once again after being closed for many months due to the Covid-19 situation. I have shown my work here on numerous occasions sometimes it has been a solo show but more often with another of my creative friends.

The venue is a wonderful space in which to show work, a bright airy space right next to the sea front. Easy to find just down from the train station too.

It was 4 years ago that Alison & I hosted our first exhibition together at the historic St Ives Arts Club.  Building on that successful formula we have had several further shows together at the venue. I will be exhibiting my metalwork, jewellery & paintings. 

I am very much inspired by the local surroundings seaweed, limpet shells, crabs & seahorses are created in metals to form unique wall pieces, very wearable silver jewellery and decorative framed metalwork.  Texture & colour play an important part of my work so St Ives is an ideal location to explore this, the changing colour of the sea, beach combing finds & textures/patterns in the sand offer endless possibilities.  

More recently I have also started to expand my body of work to include painting.  Abstract works evoking Cornwall are made with acrylic & ink effects, building layers of paint & mark making. 

“Living in St Ives I feel really blessed to have such an ever changing source of inspiration surrounding me.  I have been creating for 30 years & never feel short of ideas to explore; the only problem is finding the time to do everything! 

Working in different disciplines is beneficial as one will feed into the other.  Jewellery is sometimes scaled up to become wall pieces and vice versa.  Painting feels a real joy to be able to explore colour in such a free way.”

Alison Dupernex is a regular visitor to Cornwall and also very much inspired by the wonderful surroundings.  She creates wearable textile pieces which are indeed works of art themselves.

“I am constantly, experimenting by mixing fibres to capture the spirit of a place or object and build a sculptural fabric by using felting techniques while also “working” with the yarn and juxtaposing fine silk with rugged tweed or soft cashmere, Donegal wool and camel hair, to create cobbles in a myriad of colours.

Very often the texture and colour of the yarn acts as a catalyst and I merely collaborate with it. The colours I choose are suggested by natural things the crashing waves on the Cornish coast, the ripples in the sand as the tide recedes, wet rocks with bright sparkling pools, the amber and yellow of sea weed.

The silk used is custom dyed in Italy, to make sure that just the right colour is achieved.”

‘Catch the Wave’ will be open daily 10am to 4pm from the 3rd to the 9th of October at the St Ives Arts Club.  We will both be in residence during the exhibition creating pieces during the show.  It will be an ideal opportunity to see the processes involved in the varied body of work by 2 established makers.  

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