Exhibition: Make it Ok? - Sat 19 Mar 2016 -Sun 08 May 2016
Main gallery. Open daily, 10am-5.30pm. FREE
What Do I Need to Make it OK
? is an investigation into damage and repair, disease and medicine, and the healing and restoration of landscapes, bodies, minds and objects - through stitch and other media.
The exhibition’s five artists have varied approaches to the theme: Dorothy Caldwell’s hand-stitching explores how humans have marked and visualised landscapes from the Arctic to Australia to create maps of land and memory. Whilst Freddie Robins uses precision machine-knitting, combining hand-crafted and found objects to examine preoccupations with crime, illness and fear; Karina Thompson’s high-tech embroideries navigate complex data, from cardiology scans to bones exhumed from a medieval cemetery for lepers.
Celia Pym’s interest in process has led her to knit her way round Japan and to rescue discarded garments - and Saidhbhín Gibson’s work focuses on our human interactions with landscape, showcased in stitch-led interventions with natural objects.
With deliberate ambiguity in their titles, her work poses the question: is it art that makes things better, or nature?
Make it OK
? is a touring exhibition curated by Liz Cooper, and supported by Arts Council England and the International Textile Research Centre of the University for the Creative Arts.
Open daily, 10am-5.30pm. Free entry.
Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9AF
Images: Freddie Robins, 'Basket Case'
Karina Thomson, Leper's Skull