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Saturday, 3 February 2018

New exhibition at 20 21

Hello. It's miserable outside, hasn't stopped raining yet, but no matter, I had an enjoyable morning at the 20 21 Visual Arts Centre, viewing a new exhibition. The artist, Naseem Darbey was in attendance and gave a very interesting talk about her work. I do like to get the background to any art that appeals to me, it adds so much more to the exhibition, and Naseem explained how it all came about from the initial idea to the finish. 
The exhibition is called We are Saved by Loss. Naseem was diagnosed with cancer, and had a desire to investigate and understand what was happening to her own body. Her textile based hollow drawing sculptures explore disease through breast cancer. 
Naseem uses a sewing machine as her drawing implement, she draws freehand, constantly moving the needle over her base medium of pliable water soluble glue. Each of the exhibits were placed on a black pedestal, in a darkened room, to create maximum effect of the lighting underneath them. The delicate nature of her stitching added a fragile dimension to the colour.

There are more pictures on her web site here. More information here.  And more about the 20 21 exhibition here. 

I had a long chat with Naseem after the presentation and I was delighted to hear that she has a workshop coming up next month to try freestyle machine embroidery, so I immediately signed up for it. Something to look forward to.

Thanks for popping in, enjoy your weekend, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip


  1. That art is amazing - you will have a wonderful time at the workshop, I am sure.
    J x

  2. Wish I was up in your neck of the woods, I would enrol for that machine embroidery workshop like a shot. I shall look forward to seeing what you turn out when you start. The photos are amazing.

    1. Ilona you will love the embroidery workshop Im sure.Lyn x

    2. Ilona you will love the embroidery workshop Im sure.Lyn x

  3. Looking forward to the post about the workshop. I love the colours and light in her pieces.

  4. That was a very worthwhile and enjoyable day for you and very interesting artwork.

  5. I love your can do attitude, I'm not like that at all. Karen

  6. What fun that workshop will be!

  7. I looked at the web site & I thought Naseem is wonderful.You will spend a special day with her I'm sure x

  8. they are stunning fabric art pieces. Yu will love the FME workshop

  9. Hi Ilona, you are going to enjoy freestyle embroidery, I just love it, I can lose hours doing it and you can do wonderful things with it, I once saw a bag that had a panel in the front, a black tree with bare branches was sewn onto the soluble plastic, then a background of every shade of red, yellow and orange was was painted on a piece of fabric, the tree was then sewn on top giving the impression of a raging forest fire behind the blackened tree, I have never forgotten it, it was absolutely stunning, I'm sure your wonderful teacher will tell you that you can use finger stalls on the end of your fingers to guide the fabric more easily.
    You are going to have an absolute ball, it can feel a little daunting at first but suddenly it all falls into place and hours if not days will have gone by. Enjoy. Carol in Oz xx

  10. Beautiful art and a lovely picture of you two gals. I am so impressed with your willingness to jump right in and try new things. Can’t wait to see the pictures of your creations after the class. 😊😊

  11. Stunning set against the dark! It’s lovely to have something to look forward to too. Natalie

  12. Stunning work Ilona. Like you Ilona I will have a go at anything you never know what you can do until you try. When I was training to be a national WI craft judge I had to learn about lots of different craft - for how can you judge if you don't know what you are judging, it was lots of fun I saw some really beautiful work.. Good luck with the workshop I know you will enjoy it.
    Hazel c uk


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