Not a very snappy title for this post, but there we are.
There are two shows on at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery at the moment, worth a look if you are in the area, both free. The West Midlands Open, which is of course selected from an open entry, has a strong mix of work, and is rather an elegant show, if a little restrained. It’s in the Gas Hall, beautifully displayed.
The other show, in the Water Hall, is of a selection of still life pieces from the Museum’s collection, which is also worth seeing. Some of my favourite pieces are below; it’s good to see some of the collection exhibited rather than squirrelled away in storage.
One of my favourite artists, Mary Fedden. This is Basket of Fruit, and below is The Weighing Machine.
William Scott, Still Life; Flowers and Jug.
Raoul Dufy, sorry, didn’t note title.
Winifred Nicholson, Flowers at a Window.
Howard Hodgkin, Room with Chair.
Henry Moore, Elephant Skull XXVI.
My latest project is a fabric book. I started to make a fabric book a few months ago, but it got out of hand; the pages were intent on being quite large so it became a hanging book, The Rainforest Pages.
This one is smaller, each page being around 28 x 28 cm. The printed fabrics are the main feature, with stitch, and probably some text will be included in some way.
I’ve been to see Mr.Turner, the Mike Leigh film, recently. It was wonderful, if a little grunty. I’m still thinking about it; all artists should see it. Likewise The Imitation Game; everyone who uses a computer should see that one.