In 'Weaving New Worlds' 16 women artists from the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand Norway and Japan weave the stories of our time: the possibilities, the hopes and lost chances. Using the traditional hand woven tapestry techniques that connect us to the past, they have taken contemporary images and events, personal dreams and feelings. The tapestries range in subject matter, from intimate mother and child relationships and reflections of rural mythologies, to floods and urban decay. Always at the heart of the work is the human condition, the artists offering us both a utopian and dystopian view - the choice is ours.
The Artists are:
Patricia Armour (New Zealand)
Work dedicated to her grandfather and all who are lost at sea.
Joan Baxter (UK)
Working with the Scottish Highland landscape and mythology
Sara Brennan (UK)
Working with the Scottish landscape and in particular a forest outside Edinburgh
Jilly Edwards (UK)
Working with the English landscape this new work specifically chronicles her move back to Bristol after a 45 year gap.
Amanda Gizzi (UK)
Work depicting the symbiotic relationship of love.
Barbara Heller (Canada)
Work reflects current affairs, in this case forest fires caused by logging, the devastation in Syria and hope as symbolised by the pine cone.
Mari Meen Halsøy (Norway)
Installation created in Beirut as a response to war damaged buildings
Jenny Moncur (UK)
Captured views that surprise and are joyous to behold.
Caron Penney (UK)
Intersections of uncertainty, vulnerability and decision making.
Erin M. Riley (USA)
Tapestry based on childhood memories of crashes caused by drunk driving, which she links to violence to women.
Christine Sawyer (UK)
Work concerned with those incidents both global and personal that appear without warning.
Joanne Soroka (UK)
Weathered and over-painted surfaces are related to family history of migration.
Tonje Høydahl Sørli (Norway)
Works with recognisable cartoon figures and images to comment on power relationships.
Miyuki Tatsumi (Japan)
Reflections on longing for somewhere else
Pat Taylor (UK)
Working with ideas about the visible and invisible using the faces of the famous and those who surround us and are unnoticed
Kanae Tsutsumi (Japan)
The visible and invisible as understood by the term 'Cosmos'