Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Made In The Middle

I went along to the exhibition Made in the Middle at MAC in Birmingham last week. It was raining unfortunately so we couldn't make the most of the grounds but it was well worth the trip!

Before we even got into the exhibition there were some installations and displays in the corridors.

 I really liked this embroidery  Four Tragic Tales by Stewart Easton
This piece had been comissioned by MAC, 
50 Tiles by Sara Taylor  - I want them for my kitchen!

Jonathan Kelham had his Bookcase series on display
Clarke Gallery had this participatory piece as part of Allotment on show
There were four stacks of printed paper available to you in exchange for some words. I, like many others it seemed, did not exchange, only took this picture!

Full of midlands based crafts people this was a really great show!

There was a showcase of work by a number of young people that had taken workshops with the artists as part of Apprentiships in the Making here is work by Jennifer Collier's apprentice
some more of Jennifer's work
and I just love this!
I quite liked the composition of this piece by Stuart Ackroyd
Michelle Arieu is making paper-like porcelain pieces
that are just wonderful
Mandana Thompson is working with leather in an interesting manner

Clare Willard's pieces were simply composed

and Maggie Smith's nature inspired basketry was a delight

Having started ceramics I was really taken by the simple decoration and attentive mark making
on James and Tilla Waters range of small cylindrical forms

Karina Thompson's digital wall hangings were impressive
and Imogen Luddy's conceptual embroidery was incredible!

I finally saw Andrew Tanner's augmented plate in the flesh!

This is not the best photo but Esther Lord's metalware was beautifully etched

The marquetry of Gareth Neal was impressive

it worked brilliantly in large scale too!
Vanessa Cutler's waterjet cut glass was great

Anna Lorenz is making articulate metalware

Whilst Jon Williams is making pottery that looks like it moves!
Gill Wilson is working meticulously with paper construction

Anna popped up on show there!
Laura did too!

I liked Jenny Creasey's work - this display on the lightbox was particularly effective
*beautiful* glasswork by Charlotte Clark
*exquisite* paper jewellery from Li Chu Wu

and lovely textile jewellery from Yoko Izawa - go to the website for full gallery - this photo does NOT do the work justice!
I was also quite taken by the enamelling on this piece by Norman Cherry

The exhibition is on at MAC until 15th April then it heads to the National Craft And Design Centre in Sleaford - it is most definitely worth a visit!

To complete our day, because it was so wet, we head over to the Bullring and ambled around the shops. I saw these two in Urban Outfitters and felt them in keeping with the form and structure of the day so included them in this post!

industrial marquetry?
 and I just had to include this one - I have a bit of a thing for lighting!

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