This June, the new and improved Shavian Gallery will be exhibiting the work of Jane Cody, an emerging artist whose works range from delicate hanging structures seemingly made of rays of light, to oddly beautiful assemblages of everyday objects collected over the course of several years.
The exhibition, as part of the last-ever degree show at the Byam Shaw School of Art, promises to be a fascinating exploration of Cody’s work.
Further details to come over the next few days.
There is an exciting show coming up this week at the Shavian Gallery, my exhibition space at the Byam Shaw School of Art. The Perpetual Presents Project is a collaboration between first year Byam Shaw students and students at the Glasgow School of Art, and opens on Wednesday. I’ve posted more details on the Shavian blog at
and you can read more about the project itself on their blog:
Good stuff, can’t wait to see all the work in place on Wednesday.
Okay, so generally I’m going to keep this blog about my art work and reviews, but this is just a note about the fact that I’m organising a film festival with Lucy Rogers, called FilmLab, that’s going to happen on the 9th of November at the Roxy bar and Screen. It’s a showcase of international short films by students and recent graduates, and we’re very excited about it. If you do want to find out more, you can check out our website, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a really great project, and we’ve had some brilliant films submitted, so if you’d like to see fresh new cinema in a cool venue, come along! [end of advert]
Having abandoned, for the time being, any attempts at dyeing my own fabric, I bought some lovely grey/taupe gabardine today from John Lewis, along with a Vogue pattern for a sweet little jacket with a kind of flared vent at the back, a bit like an old riding habit.
(see dodgy picture from my webcam if the description’s not working for you,
but don’t worry I’m not letting any checks that loud into my wardrobe any time soon)
I’ve also ordered a pretty Paisley-pattern silk (ish) lining in dove grey/blue, so hopefully it’ll all be lovely, and not a complete disaster like my last attempt. I’m sure it’s not an accident that ‘seamstress’ ends in ‘stress’.
I’ll keep you posted on my progress, thimbles crossed for a happy result!
So I’m trying again to make a dress using the Yoruba/Japanese paste-resist dyeing method. I’m twenty minutes into making the paste, and it’s going much better so far; I’m putting a photo in with this post so you can see it in progress. Bear in mind, when you see the gloop in the saucepan, that last time it took me about two hours to get it to this point –->
I know, impressive, huh? The important thing seems to be the ratio between pot size and quantity of paste – I’m using the same saucepan, on the same hob, as before, but this time I’m only making half the amount, and that seems to be doing the trick.
It’s really starting to go clear now – a noticeable difference since I started writing this post – and is already tastes sweet, from the carbohydrates in the flour breaking down into sugars (apparently). I should mention that I ^haven’t^ added the caustic soda yet, so tasting it is perfectly safe, if a little weird 😉
I think if it works this time, I might make a video of the whole process and put it on YouTube, because this is really the kind of thing where you need someone to show you what to do, and there don’t seem to be any other videos out there.
Anyway, I’m going to keep boiling, stirring, and hoping, and I’ll post the results here sometime soon. Wish me luck!