TEXTILE artist and printmaker Jacy Wall is exhibiting at the Lansdown Art Gallery, Stroud, with ceramicist Bjork Haraldsdottir in Material Matters, as part of the Select Art Trail which runs to 19th May.
The two artists, both based in Dorset, have collaborated to create a dazzling show of pattern and colour to delight and surprise. It is their first exhibition at Stroud.
There can’t be many tapestry weavers who delight in taking a pair of scissors to their work, but Jacy Wall is certainly one. She will often improvise on an idea in weave, and then when off the loom, cut, change, add, re-piece the work until it takes on a new life of its own.
All of Jacy’s work, in both weave and print, is an interrogation of the qualities of textiles, through surfaces, pattern, structure, seams, thread and stitch. Black and white are often a backdrop to her palette of nuanced tones of reds, blues, yellows in wool and linen which she dyes herself.
Björk Haraldsdottir’s ceramic work has strong affinities with textiles with bold surface pattern. She makes hand-built stoneware vessels, influenced by her initial career as an architect. Her Nordic heritage is evident in their surfaces, which are reminiscent of old Icelandic and Celtic knitting and stitch patterns. Tones of blacks and soft whites again predominate, accented with reds and greys, the raw clay still evident in the carving of pattern through slips.
Pictured: Big Stripes, woven tapestry in wool, silk and linen, by Jacy Wall.