TALK: Narrative, Process & Collaboration with Celia Pym, Freddie Robins, Kate Grenyer & Polly Leonard
Saturday 27 April 2019
As part of our Material Textile process weekend ‘Common Threads’ we are hosting three group talks with artists, curators and designers working with fabric. Starting with the artist Celia Pym, RCA tutor Freddie Robins and curator Kate Grenyer talking about narrative, process & collaboration in what will be an informative discussion chaired by Polly Leonard, found of the textile magazine Selvedge.
Shortlisted for the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, V&A Museum in September 2017-January 2018, Celia Pym uses darning, knitting and embroidery to create intimate works that speak directly to human experience. Over the past ten years Pym has carefully darned other people’s clothing, interrogating our feelings towards vulnerability, care and repair. Her work draws out memories and meaning through the process of mending.
Freddie Robins is currently senior tutor and reader in textiles at the Royal College of Art, she works to commission and exhibits nationally and internationally. She has work in private and public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Nottingham Castle Museum, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum and KODE – kunstmuseene i Bergen.
“She uses knitting to explore pertinent contemporary issues of the domestic, gender and the human condition, as well as the cultural preconceptions surrounding knitting as craft. Her work aims to disrupt the notion of the medium as passive and benign”. Andrée Cooke, curator
Kate Grenyer (Dovecot)
Kate Grenyer curates Dovecot Gallery’s exhibition programme, a landmark centre for contemporary art, craft and design built around a leading international tapestry studio. Kate has a background working in gallery education and outreach as well as diverse experience working in exhibitions and programme coordination, art handling, and installation at a number of arts and heritage organisations.
Chaired by Polly Leonard, founder of Selvedge
After gaining a degree in Design from Glasgow School of Art and a Masters in Fine Art from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia I taught textiles for ten years before launching the textiles magazine Selvedge in 2003. “I wanted to publish a magazine as beautiful as the textiles represented within its pages”.