Wednesday, 15 July 2009
'A Stroll Along The Prom'
Textile art exhibition ‘A Stroll along the Prom’ opens at Coastal Creatives, Bournemouth’s leading lifestyle gallery on Saturday 18th July. Gallery owners have invited four leading South coast artists to capture the best of Bournemouth in their own unique style and medium. The exhibition promises to be a wonderful celebration of seaside fun and frolics whilst capturing our very own iconic landmarks such as Bournemouth Pier, art deco beach huts, sandy beaches and bathing belles.
Participating artist include Gillian Bates (Brighton), Annie Watkins of Rosiepink (Bournemouth), Michelle Steele (Essex) and Jane Colquhoun (Swanage). Canvasses and wall hangings will also be available to purchase online, please click on Picture Perfect- Mixed Media/Textiles. The Exhibition closes on Saturday 22nd August.
FEATURE ARTIST- GILLIAN BATES (images above)
"I’m a little bit obsessed, it’s perfectly true - I go funny around fabric. In fact the only thing I enjoy more than adding to my ever-growing collection of vintage and reclaimed fabrics is rummaging through them all to find just the right piece to integrate into my latest textile art canvas.
My obsession for all things textiles led me to successfully gaining a BA(Hons) in Textile and Surface Design in 2007 . During my studies I was extremely pleased to be shortlisted for the RSA Fashion Interiors Bursary Award. I am now very happy to be indulging my passion working as a full-time artist, creating contemporary textile art from my studio based in the elegant, seaside town of Eastbourne, East Sussex. All of my handmade canvases are entirely unique and are created using the pick of my reclaimed and vintage fabrics
With levels of care and attention that only come from focused obsession, I work in a fantastically wide range of canvas sizes and colours to produce art that I hope you will find both engaging and pleasing."