Julia Caprara School of Textile Arts

after the BA course

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In 2006, during the final year of the course, I started working on a set of screens to exhibit in cathedrals.  There are now 10 sets of 10 screens based on biblical themes including ‘creation’ – ‘stations of the cross’ – ‘angels’ – ‘the lord’s prayer’. These sets of screens tour to different cathedrals such as Coventry – Bristol – Rochester – Exeter – York Minster.   A book on the work will be published before the end of the year.

I am currently doing a practice-led PhD research programme at Plymouth University entitled ‘in search of an authentic voice’.

Jacqui’s web site

In 2005 I was accepted by the Society of Designer Craftsmen as a merit Licentiate, and, at their 2006 exhibition, shared their prize ‘The TSB Award for Excellence’ and was made a full member of the Society.

I have exhibited every year in the Prism exhibition in The Mall Galleries

I have helped to form and manage ‘Quintus’ – a group of five contemporary mixed media artists who studied together with Opus, and who now continue to develop their art and exhibit together. We have held exhibitions in 2007 in London and in 2009 in Cambridge and are planning our third exhibition in 2010 in London.

In 2006 I was selected by the Alexander Gallery in Brighton for their Summer Show and have, since 2006, had my work shown at the Snape Maltings Gallery in Suffolk. This year my work is also on show at New Art in Barleylands Craft Village, Essex.

In 2008 I joined the Eastern region Textile Forum, and had work in their first exhibition in Cambridge in September 2009.

Lois’s web site

I had a solo exhibition in Gallery KAZ, Västerås, Sweden, in August 2009. I participated with an installation during the Cultural night in September 2009. I curated an exhibition with my collegues from London (Carole Murphy, Andrea Butler, Susie Vickery, Moira Symons) on Gallery Hot Spot in Västerås. We got a review in a new IT based monthly paper "omkonst".

In January my artgroup ArtMobile curated an Art-video exhibition. In February 2010 ArtMobile participated in a big Artfair "Supermarket" in the Cultural house in Stockholm and I worked with Dorothy Tucker and we made an artpiece together.

In May 2010 I made two masks for Liljas ögon, a surrealistic theatre. In July 2010 I went on an embroidery course to the Miao people in Guizho in China. It was 21 persons from my national embroidery group, BRAK, that traveled into the soft mountains of this area and we went into people’s homes and embroidered together with them.

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On 3rd September 2010 I opened Studio 2, a combined studio and small Gallery, together with two other artists.

On completion of the BA Molly trained to be a Textiles Technology teacher at Christ Church at Canterbury University and is now a Design Technology teacher at Beacon Community College, Crowborough.

Molly continues to exhibit with Prism and the Society of Designer Craftsmen and will this year have more time to develop her textile art practice. Her website will be up and running by end of October 2010.

Molly’s web site

Since my BA,  my work has become very focussed. I have continued to work responding to environmental themes but my main aim now is to use stitch to encourage physical engagement with the natural landscape. My recent project, for which I secured Arts Council funding, illustrates this approach.

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‘Flight’ is of an installation reflecting six months of birdwatching in the North Yorkshire Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty region of Nidderdale. Personal observations of the changing seasonal movements of birds and my responses to them are made every day and are recorded in machined stitch on hand made silk feathers. The reverse patterns of the stitched words record apparently decorative feather patinations; but on further examination reveal intimate meaning and capture fleeting moments. Each daily feather for a month combines into a ‘wing-like’ book and, in total, three sets of ‘wings’ fly across the gallery towards the open doors. Observations made outside our Nidderdale AONB area are made on individual feathers which ‘moult’ from the wings and fly freely. (The exhibition finished in Nidderdale at the end of September 2010 and will be on display in 2011 at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, dates tba).

I am also currently involved in a Museum Residency locally where I shall be exhibiting work linked to the Museum Collections.I have also embarked upon a major project which will take me into 2012, taking a ‘hide’ around North Yorkshire and ‘stitching the view’. I am currently seeking funding and collaborative partnership for this project from various agencies.

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