Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Interview with Jackie Brough

Interview with Jackie Brough

I joined Textile 21 in 2009. I was invited to apply after winning First Prize in an art competition entitled 'Silk', which formed part of the Three Shires Textile Festival.

I trained as a nurse and worked in Cheshire for 20 years as a Family Planning/Well Woman Nurse, during which time I gained a Science Degree with the Open University.

I have always been interested in designing and making things and was taught to knit and sew by my mother. I made clothes for my dolls from a very early age, including making the wardrobe from a cardboard box and coat hangers from wire. This progressed to my own clothes, soft furnishings and furniture with the help of my designer husband. Interior design has been a long standing passion.
I am really an ideas person; I think constantly about solving problems and making things work. The greater the number of obstacles, the more challenging and creative a piece of work becomes. I love the physical process of hand-making, especially the tactile qualities of materials; I like one-off ideas and imperfection.

I had a mid-life crisis career change, and though I had never done art at school, I went to college to try a GNVQ in Art and Design. I passed with distinction which spurred me on to go further, and I gained a First Class Honours degree in Contemporary Craft at Manchester Metropolitan University. I entered my work into various exhibitions and competitions nationally and internationally, winning several awards.

I would describe my work as three-dimensional textile installation. It is made up using multiples of simple units. My style is reckless and has no boundaries; anything goes. In 3 words I would describe my work as experimental, unexpected, tactile.

For fabric I prefer to use silk, either organza for subtlety, or dupion for colour, but I also like to incorporate other materials such as concrete, wood, metal and plastic.

My inspiration comes from people. Ideally I would like my work to highlight issues which are particularly important in people's lives; to be thought provoking and carry emotion.

Below is some of Jackie's experimental work for the exhibition at Ordsall Hall based on the architecture and structure of the house.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Some of Norma Hopkins sampling for World of Glass

In 2016 we had a very successful exhibition at the World of Glass in St Helens and would like to show you some samples and source material from Norma Hopkins.