‘textus ventilus’ | An introduction to #mylinenstory

‘textus ventilus’ | An introduction to #mylinenstory

I live and work in the Scottish Borders with my husband and young family who are enjoying growing up surrounded by a rich and diverse farmed and natural countryside. We can walk to the banks of the River Tweed within 10 minutes and enjoy its varied ‘states’ of watery ferocity – it is a strong river, and its colour often rich and foreboding. This body of water has become my creative muse as I walk its banks, ‘editing’ the natural world through photography and noting what is in season, what is thriving (or not) and what has changed month to month. My discoveries reveal the subtle and concealed complexities of the rich Eco-system we live alongside. Sketch Detail from ‘The Banks of a River’ | Maxton, Scottish Borders The view from our house is of the beautiful Eildon Hills; the changing weather patterns moving over these hills is a continuous inspiration to me with subtle colour changes and gradations of cloud and the dramatic erosion of the view as the fog or rain rolls over the landscape (or driving snow as in recent extreme weather!). I have never seen so many rainbows appear in one location, they are almost daily some weeks! I consider that this repetitive visual prompt has seeped into my work as I reflect on the view. The separations of pigment and solutions I use in my process develop their own patterns on my papers dependent on where they are set up and what the weather and ambient temperature is. It is a constant delight how such subtle changes in environment can create unique and beautiful...
Awarded the 2018 Gayfield Projects R + D Commission | #textusventilus

Awarded the 2018 Gayfield Projects R + D Commission | #textusventilus

I am delighted to announce that I have accepted this new research and development award offering a unique £10k supported opportunity to take the time to research and work with manufacturers and textile specialists to develop a prototype product in this years nominated material – the beautiful textile the romans called textus ventilus or as translated, ‘woven wind’. I am very excited to shortly be heading across to Northern Ireland to spend time with Duncan Neil the Creative Director of the innovative contemporary printed irish linen company Earthed by WM Clark, based in the village of Upperlands, who has specific expertise in pioneering digital print techniques on linen. I look forward to sharing my process and research in the upcoming exhibition and events series Saturday 5 May – 26 May 2018 – ‘Our Linen Stories‘. The commission also offers the supported opportunity for a further period of research and development to visit the Textiel Museum in Tilburg, The Netherlands, which is home to one of Europe’s most innovative Textile Labs. It operates as an open resource for those interested in developing their skills and forwarding good practice. A huge thank you to Dr John Ennis of Gayfield Projects, curator of the Material World Series of exhibitions and events from GP Journeys in Design. I am looking forward to sharing #ourlinenstories along the way. Please follow my commission via @textusventilus on instagram for updates about my ‘material journey’ #ourlinenstories #linen #wovenwind...
Mapping the Borders | Jedburgh – 19th November 2017

Mapping the Borders | Jedburgh – 19th November 2017

Venue              The Bakery Studio, Rear of 11A Exchange Street, Jedburgh Date                Sunday November 19th Time                Sunrise (7.53am) – Sunset (15.57pm) Note: The artists will work from 7.00am – 17.00pm to complete a ten hour performance duration. Hutton’s Unconformity, a site of international geological interest located just outside of Jedburgh is a location where rock formations make different timescales visible.   ‘We are not to look for nature in a quiescent state; matter itself must be in motion, and the scenes of life a continued or repeated series of agitations and events’ James Hutton, Theory of the Earth 1788   Entr’actes: Alternative Arrangements is the first in a series of collaborative explorations by the artists Felicity Bristow and Claire Pençak working with the vast scale and processes of geological or ‘deep’ time. The durational studio performance is a response through movement, architecture and materials to Hutton’s Unconformity at Inchbonny, Jedburgh. The artists will be working between dawn to dusk through a series of action scores and material interventions exploring accumulation and dis-accumulation, erosion and deposition, change of state, reset and rearrangement and the near, far and infinite. Audiences are invited to enter the performance at any time and stay for as long as they wish as it evolves. Please come warmly dressed, as the Bakery Studio is not centrally heated. Hot drinks will be available all day.   ‘The result, therefore of our present enquiry is, that we find no vestige of a beginning – no prospect of an end’ James Hutton, Theory of the Earth, 1788   We are sorry but this venue is not fully...
‘Beyond the Page’ Exhibition | Craigard Gallery, Wigtown

‘Beyond the Page’ Exhibition | Craigard Gallery, Wigtown

Delighted to be contributing with the artists in the Bound : Unbound collective to the exhibition ‘Beyond the Page’ curated by Sarah Stewart of Craigard Gallery, based in Scotland’s National Book Town. The exhibition opened on Saturday 23rd September and runs until October 1st, please pop in if you are in the area! With original prints and hand-bound artists’ books, this exhibition considers the relevance of printmaking and bookbinding today, and offers insights into the processes involved. Craigard Gallery will also be hosting accompanying workshops in the week. For more info please email: sarahlstewart@live.com for details. Craigard Gallery, 13 North Main St., Wigtown | Daily 10am-5pm Exhibited work by: Susie Wilson Claire Cameron-Smith Susie Leiper Felicity Bristow Lynda Wilson Liza Green Pamela Grace Jenny Smith-McConie Sarah Stewart Graeme Stewart Anupa Gardner Lucy...
Art Walk Porty ‘edgelands’ commission | Bristow + Wilson

Art Walk Porty ‘edgelands’ commission | Bristow + Wilson

This weekend and next! Join Bristow + Wilson | Venue 51 | at this years Art Walk Porty – we are really looking forward to it, the nature reserve is such a peaceful haven considering its location (nr the recycling centre/ railway/ sewage works)…the Nature Reserve also will feature the imaginative sculptural work of two other ‘Edgelands’ artists Emma Macleod and Abi Lewis! Meadows Yard Nature Reserve Fillyside Road EH15 1TB Drop in, outdoor community workshops at the ‘Porty Art Cart’ in The Meadows Yard Nature Reserve, for all ages. Including making cyanotypes (photographic type prints using plant material, found objects and the natural light) and weather annotated hand-printed postcards from Portobello – each Sat and Sun (10am to 4pm). Help the artists record an area of the Nature Reserve’s biodiversity and the local weather conditions at the time of your visit. Artist talks | Felicity Bristow + Susie Wilson Sun 3rd, 12.30pm Weds 6th, 7pm Meet at the gate to Meadows Yard If you cant make it please download a copy of our audio guide made in collaboration with the brilliantly talented sound artist, Ross Whyte: http://www.artwalkporty.co.uk/audioguid…/bristow-wilson.html...
ECA Masters Degree Show 2016

ECA Masters Degree Show 2016

From the series of works ‘The Banks of a River’ Copyright © Felicity Bristow 2016 This year as part of my MA in Contemporary Art Practice at ECA I have focused on exploring the complexities of the ‘analogue book’ as a multi-media cultural form. This interrogation of the book form on a large scale concentrates on the themes of ‘transformation’ and ‘abstraction’. It is realised through a deconstruction and scaling of the book’s constituent materials; ink, paper, cloth and thread and utilises my unique methods of ‘unmeasured’ chromatography and practice-based analysis. I have been developing a body of real-time site-specific ‘Draw-ing(s)’[1] titled ‘The Banks of a River.’ Each piece of work is unique and representative of the immediate environment it is made in exploring the ‘alternative truth’ of a confidential Riverside site. [1] From the secondary meaning of the word Draw: To bring, take, or pull out, as from a receptacle or source: to draw water from a well. e: felicity@felicitybristow.com or twitter: @FelicityBristow #TheBanksofaRiver #aChairforHisGrace #Published www.felicitybristow.com   You can find my work in the ECA Masters Degree Show (J.02) and the rest of the years work in the North East Studios in Rooms I.05, J.02 and K.05. Entry to the Degree Show is free. The Degree Show is open to the public from: Saturday 13th August to Sunday 21st August. Opening times: 11am to 5pm. Late night opening: 11 am – 8pm on Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th August If you would like to keep up with the ECA Masters Degree Show on social media please use the hashtag #ecaMA2016 or...
How do Contemporary Artists using the book as a multi-media cultural form address current ‘time-space compression’ (D.Harvey)?

How do Contemporary Artists using the book as a multi-media cultural form address current ‘time-space compression’ (D.Harvey)?

In this critical essay I will reflect on the theme of ‘What is Contemporary Art?’ covered in the Methods Seminar series (Semester 1, 2015/16), then focussing on the analysis of how two specific examples of practicing Contemporary Artists, Xu Bing and Katie Paterson, use the book as a ‘multi-media cultural form’ in making their work. I will discuss how both artists address in their practice the concept of ‘time-space compression’ a theory articulated in 1989 by David Harvey a geographer in his book ‘The Condition of Postmodernity: an enquiry into the origins of cultural change.’ (Harvey, 1989) When breaking down the question, ‘Contemporary Art’ as a definition is presented as meaning the ‘present day’ movement of art and artist-led practice; ‘…there have been no significant movements in the past twenty years, and artists have not been interested in organizing themselves around any.’ (What is contemporary art? E-flux issue 1, 2009). It is an interesting point that art work made since the late 80’s which has been formally institutionalised within museums of art and art galleries, and also purchased by established private art collectors, has, according to art critics and academics been without a recognisable umbrella-like artistic movement beyond ‘modernism’. A homogenous artistic movement of current times has been elusive to the point of it being currently accepted as being too complex to categorise and is simply given the term ‘(…) “contemporary” (…) to mark the death of “modern.”’ (Medina, What is contemporary art? E-flux issue 1, 2009). In this essay the book as a ‘multi-media cultural form’ is intended to be a description of the diversity of the presentation...
Why ‘Book’ now?

Why ‘Book’ now?

Over the Summer I had to make a decision on what I would do next as I had essentially run out of time on my Part-time Degree course (if only you could obtain credits for having children along the way!) so with the support of my family I look the flying leap into applying for a full time 1 year Masters in Contemporary Practice at Edinburgh College of Art – and was very excited to be accepted. This really is the reason for the radio/ blog silence as it has been non-stop ever since. This year I am going to have the luxury of a little more time during the day to concentrate on the body of work I have been making in the series of works under the title ‘Draw-ing(s)’. In the next few blog posts I will share some of this Semesters ups and downs of being back in full time education and how my work is developing…back...
End of a Festival, a rainbow of emotions…

End of a Festival, a rainbow of emotions…

#HiddenDoor this year was amazing – clearing out the #Lockerroom today gave me some time to reflect on what a huge success the whole event has been. While feeling a little hollow and wondering what will happen next its good to reflect on the fantastic people and #art #theatre and #music that I had the pleasure to meet and experience. Vive! Hidden Door and all who brought it to...