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Artisan Showcase (and Textile Showcase) 2005
The following article by Pat Robson is to be published in Workbox, a magazine for textile artists and embroiderers. It will be in the Oct/Nov edition, coming out in September. The editor, Victor Briggs,
For the first time since its inception four years ago the winner of the £1000.00 award for technical excellence at Artisan Showcase, the premier art event in the Channel Islands, went to a textile artist, Sarah Jordan.
Sarah continues to push the boundaries with her work, continually experimenting with the very latest materials available. She enjoys a more mixed media approach, incorporating stitch alongside with treated surfaces, wire, metals and traditional textile techniques. Traveling extensively around Asia and now living in Jersey, Sarah is constantly drawn to nature as a source of inspiration. Recent small pieces use wire pieces to reflect jewel like qualities found in colourful corals. Handmade Shibori felt adds weight and depths of rock pools. Sarah constantly challenges her materials, embellishing and reconstructing surfaces.
In April, Sarah won the award for the use of innovation in textile art at the Jersey Textile Showcase 2005 and is currently exhibiting in a major exhibition Blue - Where the Sky meets the Sea and The Shore at the Harbour Gallery, Jersey.
A second Textile artist, making a name for herself in Jersey and soon to exhibit in London, is Bianca Acronzio. Bianca who won the £500.00 Textile award at Artisan Showcase with her beautiful shibori work was also the winner of the Award For Use Of Colour at Textile Showcase 2005.
Bianca describes her work as individually developed, showing alchemy transformation and memory simultaneously creating a theme as well as a process. Using traditional and natural processes such as shibori, stitch and natural dying it creates a significant reflection of a natural place. It clarifies the relationship between man and nature and enabling the viewer to become ecologically aware of the artistís personal journey and the transformation of nature's cycles of life into art.
The sponsor for these valuable awards was Art In The Frame Foundation.
The judges for both these events were invited well-known textile or craft workers from England.