Materials, 24/3/2017-12/4/2017

Contemporary Craft at the Town Mill

“Materials” welcomes diverse and talented makers to the Town Mill for the very first contemporary craft group exhibition. Over 15 makers will be showing products and pieces in a range of media including glass, ceramics and metal. We are especially pleased to showcase award-winning furniture maker Alice Bloggs and celebrated textiles by local artist Hugh Dunford-Wood.

Open daily 10.30-4.30, free admission. Preview/private view: Friday 24 March.

In an ever increasing virtual world an appetite is building for the handmade, where design and decision is in harmony with raw materials – be they fabric, porcelain or paper.

In “Materials” we have tried to produce a beautiful show highlighting the range and talents of makers in the South West and beyond, all designing, making and presenting their chosen craft to the highest standard. We have selected individuals and small businesses who illustrate  a passion and enjoyment in their work inspired by the land or coast around them. You will find everything from domestic ceramics to foraged bark vessels all presented in the historic Malthouse Gallery.

We have sourced our exhibitors from Cardiff to Cornwall, makers who share an enthusiasm for their local environment as inspiration and energy for their work.

You will find the unique basketry of Jane Bevan, using materials gathered from English woodlands –  bark, thorns, leaves and twigs are often overlooked, trodden on and discarded despite the wealth of colour, pattern and texture they offer. The irregularities, tiny imperfections and random twists and turns make each item unique.

Caroline Rees will be showing exquisite papercuts and jewelry; her bold and graphic imagery is inspired by primitive art, Scandinavian textiles, her Welsh heritage and the beautiful Gower landscape where she lives.

“We hope ‘Materials’ will be fascinating for collectors, makers and anyone who enjoys finding inspiration and enjoyment from the handmade. All work will be for sale.”

“This is a great opportunity to really explore contemporary craft, we want to connect visitors to the high quality work that people are creating locally here in Dorset but also nationally” says Caroline Barnes, Exhibitor and Co-Curator