A little bird told me
By Debbie Smyth
Friday 8 Sept – Saturday 11 November 2017
For this September’s Fabrications festival, artist in residence Debbie Smyth delves into the archives of Blackburn museum’s collection to inspire her installation; the dedicated bird gallery and Japanese wood block prints, as well the captivating studies, expressive mark-making and beautiful sketches of the wildlife artist Archibald Thorburn.
Debbie Smyth is a textile artist most identifiable by her statement thread drawings; these playful yet sophisticated contemporary artworks are created by stretching a network of threads between accurately plotted pins.
“The juxtaposition of patterns and strokes within Hokusai’s prints, the life captured in Thorburn’s sketches or the simplicity and speckled beauty of eggs; a little bird told me is an exploration of mark-making. Influenced by these artists’ approaches and merging skills used in traditional wood block carving and printing with drawing, the installation celebrates the converging of various mark-making approaches through my signature style”. Debbie Smyth
Fabrications is a festival exploring textiles and the textile industry through contemporary art. Events across Pennine Lancashire celebrate textiles through the eyes of an artist. Thank you to Super Slow Way, University Centre at Blackburn College and Three Bears Yarn for their support.
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