The Liverpool Academy of Arts

Drawing The Line

Jill Zhang Eight members of Re-view Textile are "Drawing the Line" with work that is felted, printed, embroidered, constructed, painted, stitched, dyed. There are coastlines, sea lines, landlines, energy lines, pattern lines, music lines and city grids

Re-View Textile is a contemporary textile network for artists and designers that meets informally in central Liverpool. Members exchange ideas, create opportunities together and have exhibited regularly since the group formed in 2009.

The group has around 30 members - all interested in promoting textiles in a variety of ways - fine art, design, fashion, installations, sculpture, interiors, theatre and video. More details of the group and how to join can be found at their website and on their facebook page.

The exhibititon opens to the public on the 5th July and will run to the 18th July.

Open Tuesday to Saturday 12 til 4pm.

The eight members exhibiting are listed below, just click on their name to learn about them and see samples of their work.

We will put up more samples of everyone's work from the exhibition once it has been set up.


Panoramas of the Exhibition

Click on the images of the exhibition below to see interactive panoramic views from the exhibition:-


Susan Boardman

Now living in Hoylake on The Wirral, Sue's recent work is heavily influenced by her seaside location. The pieces featured in this exhibition draw a line between a career teaching design and her freelance activities as a designer/maker.

All seascapes are essentially linear and at Hoylake the vast beach stretches out to meet the narrow Mersey Channel and the Irish Sea. In all weathers the scenery is inspiring. The sky, the sea and the beach each have their own patterns. The streaks, ripples, pools and curves that carve the sand are the focus for costume and the accompanying drawing.

Other pieces illustrate Sue's obsession with the torn edge and a rediscovery of Shibori techniques. Using traditional craft techniques she hopes to communicate a joy in the world around her and the lines found within it.

Lined Wallpaper

Lined Wallpaper

Paper and Textile

Height: 166 inches; Width: 22 inches;

320

Drawing a Line In The Sand - the Costume

Drawing a Line In The Sand, the Costume

Textile

Height: 60 inches; Width: 15 inches;

550


Yvonne Deegan

My career as an artist whose work embraces a wide range of mixed media began from a hobby during my career as a midwife. After early retirement I was able to pursue my career as a visual artist.

In June 2001 I passed my foundation course in Art and Design (ED EXCEL) at St Helens College which enabled me to gain entrance into John Moore's University Liverpool, where in July 2004 I achieved a BA (Hons.) Upper class Division 1 in Fashion/Textiles.

My recent work follows a concept of holiday locations, inspired by the theme drawing the line, sketching, photography and love of manipulating fabric.

Three pieces of my work represent my interpretation of a wonderful trip to New York City, where I was able to capture the Cities energy, vibrancy and the beauty of nature in Central park. I also allowed my creative vision to provide an unexpected interpretation of the Empire state building, of what I remember in my minds eye.

The feeling of excitement I felt in capturing vivid color, texture and shapes flying over the Grand Canyon by helicopter.

Reflecting on my feelings and observations out walking on my coastal and mossy holiday journeys in England, I have used my own interpretation and style relating to my subject like that of touching earth

When I communicate my ideas about art and life through my creative spirit and the techniques I apply, I hope my work embraces joy, life, love, beauty and quality allowing the viewer to enjoy.

Central Park

Central Park

Felting, machine and hand embroidery

Height: 28 inches; Width: 19 inches;

85

Flying high (light garment)

Flying high (light garment)

machine embroidery on soluble fabric, manipulation of fabric.

Height: 54 inches; Width: 24 inches;

200

Touching Earth (coat)

Touching Earth (coat)

Felting, machine and hand embroidery

Height: 51 inches; Width: 23 inches;

245

In the Minds Eye

In the Minds Eye

machine and hand embroidery on soluble fabric

Height: 39 inches; Width: 20 inches;

210


Jennifer Fenner

A local artist working in Liverpool, experimenting with different ways to create aesthetic pieces using printing and laser cutting. The work is an investigation of what is possible to create by using a laser and finished by incorporating colour and composition.

The observation of the urban environment offers a wonderfully rich inspirational starting point. Working with photography and digital drawing the work produced has been translated into laser cut layered pieces, with screen printed designs. Each piece is an investigation into the recreation of the spontaneous couplings of pattern, texture and colours found within the city of Liverpool.

urban landscape

Urban Landscape

Photography

Photographs and digital drawing have been translated into laser cut layered pieces, with screen printed designs to produce this work.

It is part of a series investigating the recreation of the spontaneous couplings of patten, texture and colours found within the city of Liverpool.


Urban Grids2

Urban Grids2

Ply wood, Acrylic and screen print

Height: 18 inches; Width: 18 inches;

150

Urban Grids1

Urban Grids1

Ply wood, Acrylic and screen print

Height: 19 inches; Width: 18 inches;

150


Eimear Kavanagh

Travel has influenced a crucial part of my creative thought process as a visual artist as well as the absorption of culture, nature and the unexplained yet fascinating complexity of life's intricate web.

We are constantly evolving and revolving in and through different energies of life. My interpretation of Drawing the Line is in the study of energetic movement, that is energy moving in patterns and rhythms played out through the physical body. The human body - nothing more or nothing less than energy moving in all forms and like quartz crystals, is a vibration of constant expressions and transformations, unfolding to reveal deeper communion with higher truths, or you can say the Self.

These lines, shapes and forms depict how vital force might be described in response to the opposing energies of rest and play on the yoga mat. For example the juxtaposition of 'That which sleeps in the City' tells how Savasana (the corpse pose) from the outside appears restful and still; while inside a whole network of systems perform the dance of life.

More information can be found at her website.

much of the meterial that Eimear used was supplied by Planet Yoga Liverpool.

Chunk 2014

Chunk 2014

Tea Bags, inks, acrylics, pastels, glitters, gold leaf, resin, secrets

80

Explores the movement/flow of energy that is stored, transformed and transmitted thorough crystal quartz.


That Which Sleeps In The City 2014

That Which Sleeps In The City 2014

Oil pastel, paints, fabric, stitch, yoga mat

Height: 68 inches; Width: 24 inches;

350

Beneath the Forest 2014

Beneath the Forest 2014

Gouach, paper collage

Ink

Height: 17 inches Width: 12 inches;

120


Rosey Paul

Rosey is greatly inspired by the natural world and its diverse scenery. With a career in landscape design, she has a deep understanding of what shapes our landscape and enjoys translating this into textile. Similarly her passion for sea kayaking brings her close to the sea in its many moods and this is also a frequent theme for her work.

For 'Drawing the line' Rosey has focused on horizons - the line where land or sea and sky meet and the many layers that appear in both landscape and seascape. She is fascinated by the effect of the weather on how these are perceived - from the misty soft silhouettes of the Clwyd hills on a grey day to the distinct and dark horizon line of a deep blue sea. She has also explored the depiction of breaking waves and the line these create on both sea and shoreline.

Rosey adopts a painterly approach to collage using natural coloured materials and subsequently painting and stitching them. She has also used Japanese Shibori techniques, batik and felt.

Rosey is a member of the International Felt makers Association and the Embroiderer's Guild.

Fantasy Seascape

Fantasy Seascape

batik

120

This work was inspired by the many lovely sunsets seen over the sea on the west coast of the U.K.

It is embellished with loosely woven cotton to form a breaking wave and has couched woollen threads to highlight the dancing motion of the sea.


Stormy Sea

Stormy Sea

Textile

Height: 35 inches; Width: 18 inches;

250

Estuary View

Estuary View

Textile

Height: 36 inches; Width: 36 inches;

250


Judith Railton

I have worked as a freelance artist, textile maker, exhibition curator and community artist for 40 years - developing large scale group shows in Europe and America. I've particularly enjoyed pioneering textile sculpture in outdoor locations.

Exhibitions with Review Textile have been challenging and fun and work because each artist involved is generous with their skills and friendship. Often using the motif of 'garments ' for my assemblages, I construct work with textiles, old and new, plus found objects. Words and music make patterns and puzzles.

'6 Coastal Towns' celebrates a thread of music, history, rock carvings and wildlife found around Wirral shores. A series of 'aprons ' representing Parkgate, Heswall, West Kirby, New Brighton, Birkenhead and New Ferry are connected by lines of music - my compositions interspersed with snatches of music played or composed around the Wirral coast.

For more information Google me - Judith Railton, art, textiles, poetry.

Six Costal  Towns

Six Costal Towns

Mixed Media

Height: 40 inches; Width: 156 inches;

250


Marion Roberts

Coming from Holland in the early 70s with a Fine Art background, I have been teaching in further education since then.

During that time, my work also became textile orientated (batik and silk painting).This allowed me to take a degree in Fashion & Textile Design at John Moore's University Liverpool, from where I graduated in 2007.

I feel inspired by the landscape, wherever it may be and lately I have been interested in the life of coral reefs and their vulnerability. In my work I use print, hand-painting, stitch and felt stitching.

Marine Life

Marine Life

Stitch and Print

Height: 7 inches; Width: 7 inches;

45

Losing Colour

Losing Colour

Mixed Textile Techniques

Height: 14 inches; Width: 14 inches;

90


Janet Wilkinson

I use vintage and recycled fabrics in my work and the starting point for the pieces in the 'Drawing the Line' exhibition was an old unwanted collection of iron on embroidery patterns from the 70's. The designs showed an appreciation of the natural world - flowers, plants, animals and landscape. These would have been skilfully stitched onto household linens and clothes following precise instructions and then enjoyed in everyday use.

The natural world is a longstanding theme in art works and runs deeply across many cultures. I chose to use these transfer images that connect us with nature as symbols to remind us of the struggle that the earth is currently undergoing.

Patterns for Life and Fragments show the basic building blocks of our world that are necessary for life on our planet.

Mandalas for the Earth are contemplations on the interlinking energy systems within our world.

The Take Action prints are a call to be active and in some large or small way to contribute to the care of the earth and all that that live upon it. The prints are giveaways which ask that in return the recipient takes an action - to donate, protest, campaign or make some change in lifestyle.

Patterns for Life

Patterns for Life

Machine stitch on curtain

Height: 11 inches; Width: 11 inches;

100

Fragment 2

Fragment 2

Hand stitch on blanket

Height: 5 inches; Width: 5 inches;

45