Fiona Metcalfe, Len Mackin and Gerry Rooney
Hedgerow- Fiona Metcalfe
Storm Lashing The Glen -Len Mackin
Cynara Cardunculus Artichoke- Gerry Rooney
I recognise the reciprocal influences and inspirations that exist between the digital community and traditional artistic practices. Art in the Park offers a unique opportunity for local artists to share their vision and to galvanise a wider audience to engage and support the development of the creative quarter.
Working with surface textile design, screen printing, stitch, paint and collage, my vision is to create affordable art that captures the fragility and beauty of the garden and the bigger landscape, often recycling materials/found objects. My work is a response to nature around me, whether it is the bird and plant life in my garden or the coastal path, challenging the viewer to stop and consider and challenging myself; using a variety of techniques to help convey this complexity. I do this with some larger works and then smaller, more intimate, hand held pieces often using concertina books to tell a visual story.
My inspiration comes mainly from the patterns, designs and birds found in my garden and the wider landscape. The fragility, yet resilience of nature is a constant theme. Employing a variety of materials to reflect this including recycled textiles and paper collages and using paint, screen and mono- printing processes. Free machine embroidery or hand stitching gives a depth to my work; literally the weaving of threads, ideas and stories into a finished piece.
This has lead me to develop a series of works/books based on the Japanese garden theme of the ‘borrowed landscape’ which also resonates with the climate change agenda and notion that our planet is’ borrowed’, on loan and we need to respect this. I am intrigued often by the smaller aspects of nature, hedgerows, verges and wild flowers alongside deriving inspiration from the birds that visit my garden, the joy their song, movement and life brings.
Working with surface textile design, screen printing, stitch, paint and collage; often recycling materials and found objects to create something new and quirky. I love working with colour, and a variety of materials, often hand dyed and paper products building up layers and embellishing with thread. I like to use a variety of materials to reflect this including drawing with thread, collaged snippets of material and paper and screen and mono- printing. Free machine embroidery or hand stitching gives a depth to my work and literally weaving threads, ideas and stories into a finished piece of work. Free machine embroidery or hand stitching gives a depth to my work and literally weaving threads, text and ideas and stories into a finished piece of work