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Art in the Frame > Artists > Michael Brennand-Wood
Michael Brennand-Wood M.A. F.R.S.A.

Textiles historically have referenced floral imagery as a source for patterning (i.e. William Morris, Art Nouveau, Caucasian rugs. Batiks, Suzani fabrics etc). Stars Underfoot subverts that tradition via a process of utilizing real flowers as a medium. This formal inversion, the flower as pure media as opposed to source allows the innate compositional qualities of the flower to breathe. No longer solely linked to the natural world the colour, shape and form of an individual flower may be used in a non-organic context. To draw with real flowers facilitates an exaggerated hyper-realistic visual language that is both instantly recognisable yet provocative.

The study of meta-patterns, patterns that connect, reveal much in anthropological terms, about our spiritual, cultural and sociological history. Textile Patterns are a form of visual language, a coherent understanding may be denied but the overall intention is clear. Cloth can be thought of as a visual currency, charting cultural interaction. Textiles map the migration of people throughout the world. As items are traded, patterns impact and exert influence upon indigenous culture. What remains are a series of visual clues, fragments of en-coded information still accessible hundreds of years later.

EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS 2002
Work can be seen at the following exhibitions in 2002:
• First UK retrospective You Are Here, Storey Gallery Lancaster (26 January - 23 March)
Stars Underfoot, Bankfeld Museum (2 March - 31 March)
• Galerie Ra, Amsterdam (NL) (Spring)
Chasing Shadows, Drumcroon Wigan (15 April - 5 July)
Pnmavera, Cambridge (18 April - 2 May)
Art in the Frame, Jersey (May)
Pattern, Crafts Council GaBery London (3 June - 1 September)

Michael Brennand-Wood will undertake the following workshops and residencies:
• Toronto (CND) (January)
• Storey Gallery (February)
• Bankfield Museum (March)
• Victoria & Albert Museum (March)
• Drumcroon (April)
• Jersey (May)
• Embroiderers' Guild (July)
• Study Gallery, Poole

Current projects:
• Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts researching the inter-relatability of micro and macro structures within medallion textile, architectural and natural pattern formation.
• Art consultant appointed by Central Hall Trust London to develop an interdisciplinary arts programme for Ocean, a new music venue in East London. Four interactive architectural installation works in glass, video and multi-media are currently in development.
• Art consultant for me development of the new Embroiderers' Guild International Centre for Embroidery in Manchester.
• A collaborative project with photographer James Austin, creating contemporary patterned images that reference the use of floral imagery found within historical textiles.




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