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Blessing of the Elements I
Ohio Moon
Song of the Earth
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Rachel Jennings Applied Art
BA Textile Design (Weave)- Chelsea College of Art
Blue Lias Prize - Lyme Regis Arts Festival 2004;
Enigma Arts Prize - Frome Festival 2003 & 2004;
Highly Commended - Salisbury Artcare Open, 2005.
Member of Somerset Guild of Craftsmen, Oct 2006.
Selected Commissions/collections:
Presentation piece for Director of Action on Disability & Development, Frome - 2005.
Local Relevance commission for Wells branch of Starbucks, 2006.
Single Exhibitions:
'Song of Life' - Town Mill Galleries, Lyme Regis, June/July 2006;
Black Swan Guild, Frome, March/May 2006;
'Works on Paper'- Bay Tree Gallery, Bradford-on-Avon, Sept/Oct 2005;
'Cloth of Heaven'- Art for Life, Taunton & Somerset Hospital, 2003.
Group Exhibitions:
2005/2006 - Cotehele Gallery, Cornwall;
2002/2004/2006 - Somerset Art Week;
2003/2005 - Wylye Valley Art Trail;
2004/2005 - Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, Bristol.
Artist's Statement:
My most recent work has grown out of a fascination with sacred imagery all around us, whether Christian, Celtic or earlier. Glastonbury’s Chalice Well gardens inspired me with the Celtic wheel of the seasons, along with an ancient reverence for trees and their attendant spirits. Wells Cathedral and Glastonbury Abbey yielded a wealth of pattern and architectural detail, from floor tiles to ceiling bosses. The accompanying words are derived from folk songs, poems and Celtic blessings.Earlier pieces intimate nature’s part in the sacred cycle, celebrating sky, earth, water, sun and moon in variously textured handmade papers and fragments of poetry. In the later work I revisit my early training as a weaver, experimenting with handmade paper, warp threads and natural sources such as garden prunings, to find a new style and structure!My paper is handmade and coloured using various natural materials including cotton, tea, spices and onion skins; for warp I have used cotton, silk and metallic threads. Other techniques include block printing, patchwork and hand stitching.
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