Last Monday, slightly later than usual due to the Easter break, we welcomed Angie Hughes to speak to us about her recent work. We were fortunate that she had just taken down an exhibition, so we got to see many of her pieces 'in the cloth' rather than just on a slideshow.
Angie talked us through her work, starting with some early pieces where she used text very heavily:
In this work she embroiders the text of a poem by George Mackay Brown; "Shroud". The only text of the poem I can find online is in this youtube vid. Angie stitched the background with threads in the colours mentioned in the poem, with the words spiralling round.
In 1997, Angie won the Charles Henry Foyle Trust Award for Stitched Textiles, with a large text piece. She created this alphabet using lots of pieces left after that work, and shared with us stories of her studio above a printers workshop, and time spent working making curtains, ll of which has contributed to the materials she has used over the years.
Angie then took us through her more recent work, where velvet and shiny materials feature much more heavily.
'What Lies' was inspired by a project to respond to an exhibition in a museum. Angie worked this piece to represent all the layers of objects found under the earth.
Here's lots more of Angie's more recent work, lots of shimmering land and seascapes and gardens.
Recently she has been doing more work inspired by Klimt (as above) and Hundertwasser.
She also brought along these lovely buttons.
Angie is a fantastic artist, who generously shares her methods and textile works with us, making for a brilliant evening. She has a good website with lots of online PDF workshops about topics like Shimmering Landscapes and Bags of Klimt. You can also find out more about what she is currently working on through her blog.