Our 2015/6 Textile Fellows are Lindsey Duncanson and Zak Jones. Can you see their work at the Queen’s Hall Art Centre in Hexham until 4th June 2016. Finout more here – http://www.queenshall.co.uk/events/val-stoddart-textile-fellowship-exhibition
Lindsay Duncanson has a strong background in photography, video, sound and digital imaging, having studied and worked in these mediums since her degree years at Sunderland University. She has worked as an artist for more than 15 years, taking a ‘practice led’ approach to creating work, which responds to spaces, people and locations and invites the audience to re-interpret the way they perceive their environment. Lindsay’s most recent project is ‘Noize-Choir’, an experimental voice choir which is merged with embroidery and sewing.
Lindsay said: “I just feel so lucky and amazed to have won one of the fellowship opportunities. It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to spend time in such a vast and beautiful setting, meeting some amazing people. I’ve already been up to the National Park to explore and start thinking about what I might do and will spend time this summer getting to know the area. I’m looking forward to seeing how a sense of sound and digital media might be able to work in parallel with embroidery and textiles.
“I love going out walking, experiencing, sensing the environment and discovering the macro worlds that appear within the bigger picture. It’s those reflections which will inspire and inform my work and I’ll be aiming to make this project as interactive as possible, taking in a variety of different media.
“When I’m working, I tend to travel about in my orange and cream caravan, and I’ll be doing the same during this project. I’m looking forward to meeting lots of people around the Park on my travels. I can’t wait to get started – it’s a real privilege to have been selected and have the opportunity to work in such an incredible environment, meeting new people and developing my skills.”
Find out more about Lindsey’s work by visiting her website – http://www.productofboy.net/
Zak, 47, from London, is an urban artist who works with intriguing craft and fabric methods, including machine techniques and screen-printing. Often, he models his work on the traditional elements of society, but always includes a twist and is known for the unexpected and innovative ways he looks at textiles. He is represented by a gallery in London, exhibiting his work regularly throughout the UK and internationally. He is also a lecturer in fine art at higher and further education levels.
Zak said: “I am looking forward to stepping into the rural landscape and responding to the beautiful National Park. For me, it’s about experiencing the heritage of such an epically important historical setting, as well as the beauty of the environment. I will be working closely and collaboratively with the local community, spending time with the people of Northumberland National Park to discover their stories and history.
“My hope is that the final outcome of the project will be one that is developed together with the people of Northumberland, drawing on their skills and creating something which everyone really understands and can engage with – art that benefits both the place and the people.
“As the project develops, I’m also looking forward to including traditional and local materials and techniques, which echo the local flavour and trades of Northumberland National Park. I’m really pleased to have this opportunity and excited to get started later this year.”