Influences From the East
June 25th – July 29th 2021
We are delighted to welcome two new artists; Gillian Arkley and Chun-Chao Chiu who have combined their unique work for this joint exhibition.
Chun-Chao is skilled in several different art forms, traditional Chinese brush painting, oil painting, watercolour, drawing, print making and contemporary installation practice. He is also a papermaker.
The natural environment around Chun-Chao provides much inspiration and at present, print and Chinese brush painting are the forms, which he chooses to express his ideas of his living surroundings.
Those who know Gillian’s work will know that she is a creative and skilled textile artist. This exhibition is a celebration and reflection on the way Japanese design has influenced her work since her first visit to Japan in 1996. Most of the pieces of work include SASHIKO stitching which began as a simple running stitch to hold layers of cloth together. Patterns developed over time inspired by the local environment. Another feature she uses is BORO, a patch and mend technique used when every scrap of cloth was precious.
During a visit to West Bengal, India in 2019 Gillian was able to investigate KANTHA stitching, another technique with make do and mend beginnings that has now been developed for haute couture.
This exhibition highlights the flamboyant colours of Indian cloth and how they contrast with rich Japanese indigos.