Fairy Tales and Folklore – Meet artist Su Blackwell
Saturday 7 December
2-3pm / £8
Join artist Su Blackwell to explore her mesmerizing pieces in The First Cut Exhibition. This is a rare chance to hear about Blackwell’s processes and ideas through a stimulating tour of the exhibition
Tel: 023 8083 3007 Email: email@example.com
For information, go to the website http://www.seacitymuseum.co.uk/
An exhibition of international artists working with photography, video art and paper art. The element of thread and paper is incorporated in each work as a material or as a symbol bearing different meanings. Unexpected ways of mixing different elements give shape to a variety of works with tangible form and staggering visuals. The exhibition will feature photographic works, video art and installations as well as paper cut-outs
dress modelled by miki and her doll.
photograph of original art-work
design in repeat
four different colour-ways
I began on the path to my art career back in 1995 when I tentatively turned to study textiles at Sheffield College, after leaving school without any qualifications. I went onto complete a two year course in Surface Pattern and Textile Design. While at college, I experimented with prints in repeat, and even sold some of my first designs with images of dilapidated castles and architectural ruins. Some 18 years later, it seems that I have come full circle, as earlier this year, I was asked by Liberty in London, to create a design for their Liberty Art Fabrics Autumn/Winter 2014 collection.
For this, I created an original art-work, ‘Wild Flowers of the British Isles’, which the designers at Liberty then photographed, and skilfully made into a repeat pattern. It has been an exciting journey, and I’m very pleased with the resulting design. Liberty have produced a beautiful print, which encompasses both the ‘Liberty’ and ‘Su Blackwell aesthetic.
Printed in four different colour-ways on tana lawn cotton, silk and cotton fleece.
The fabric will be available to purchase online www.sublackwell.co.uk/online-store/ I have a limited selection in stock. For the full range, go to wwww.liberty.co.uk
A press release will be available soon.
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Available to buy online now http://www.sublackwell.co.uk/online-store/
In collaboration with Roger La Borde and Thames and Hudson, come these lovely designs incorporating illustrations from The Fairy Tale Princess Book.
Each pack contains 4 laser-cut greeting cards, featuring Enchanted Castle, Enchanted Cottage, Enchanted Forest and Princess and the Pea.
Size: 17cm x 12cm
For the full range of cards designed by Su Blackwell, visit www.rogerlaborde.com
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my work in the exhibition
and a recent review in Intelligent Life Magazine http://moreintelligentlife.com/blog/georgiagrimond/uses-victoriana
The Gallery is open Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12noon – 4pm
Guildhall Art Gallery Guildhall Yard (off Gresham Street) London EC2V 5AE
Tickets: £7/£5 conc
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For more than three centuries, Chatsworth House in Derbyshire has been home to the Dukes of Devonshire, whose legendary collection of paintings and decorative arts is one of the world’s greatest. This autumn, in Chatsworth’s galleries, Sotheby’s will host Modern Makers, a selling exhibition of contemporary craft brought together by curator Sarah Griffin.
Taking Chatsworth and the Devonshire Collection as a source of inspiration, leading international artists have created an outstanding selection of works including furniture, textiles, ceramics and metalwork, which create a unique dialogue with their historic surroundings.
For information visit
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August 31st, 2013 · Comments Off
TUNE INTO THE CULTURE SHOW ON BBC TWO 10PM TONIGHT (10TH SEPTEMBER) AS THEY EXPLORE THIS MONUMENTAL PUBLIC BUILDING.
To celebrate the opening of the New Birmingham Library (the largest public library in Europe), Capsule are presenting a series of exhibitions, events and book-related interventions.
I was commissioned by Capsule to create an over-sized book-sculpture relating to Shakespeare for the upper lending library.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the largest book-sculpture I have created to date, a book 60cm x 80cm, growing a tree, complete with branches sprouting miniature books like leaves. These miniature books, measuring 3.5cm x 5cm feature the complete set of Shakespeare’s plays.
For more information on events visit libraryofbirmingham.com
For my regular column accompanying the writer ‘Robert Macfarlane’s’ musings in ‘Intelligent Life’ Magazine, comes ‘Treasure Island’.
Photograph by Colin Crisford
Victoriana at The Guildhall Gallery
And for ‘The Library of Birmingham Opening Season’ from Tuesday 3 September – 31st December
Su Blackwell’s newly commissioned sculpture for the Library of Birmingham features characters from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and references The Birmingham Shakespeare Collection – one of the world’s best collections of works by and about Shakespeare. The large-scale sculpture will sit among the lending shelves on the Upper Lending terrace.
For full details about the discovery season visit http://www.capsule.org.uk/2013/07/09/the-library-of-birmingham-discovery-programme/