Talk

Down Under and Left A Bit


Alysn Midgelow-Marsden


13 Nov

Where:
OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

£5 inc welcome drink


Class details

Down Under and Left A Bit is the story of Alysn Midgelow-Marsden’s textile work since moving to New Zealand. She has thrown in a bit of Kiwi “culture” for good measure.

Sunday 13 November

6.30 – 8pm

£5 per person including a welcome drink

People often use words like energiser, inspirational and inspiring to describe Alyson Midgelow-Marsden. She makes visually compelling forms using

  • textiles
  • wires
  • metals
  • plastics

Her work comprises three-dimensional lines, structures and patterns with complex, lyrical fluidity.

“There are two major factors in my life which ran side by side for many years, moved apart and are now intertwined once again.”

Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

She happily tells you that she can’t recall a time when she didn’t spend time “making” or stitching. As she grew older her creative efforts included painting and poetry, but always included fibre arts.

The other major factor in her life and influence on her practice is a combination of biochemistry, marine biology and conservation which were her degree subjects. She attributes her approach to her art and world view to the investigative, experimental exploration which is the basis of the scientific method. She focuses on the themes of place, culture and stereotypes associated with textiles; and the coastal and marine environment – it’s beauty, raw energy and challenges.

Alysn’s works stretch traditional definitions of media and dissolve boundaries between sculpture, installation and video works, often incorporating metal, wire, fibre, textile and stitch.

Intrigued? Why not join us on Sunday 13 November? Down Under and Left A Bit is an opportunity to meet an inspiring artist and catch up with like minded people.

Learn more about Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

To read more about Alysn and her work visit her websites, or follow her on instagram. She has two websites; one is dedicated to her artwork and books and the other to her workshops. To learn more about her artwork and books visit www.alysnmidgelowmarsden.com. If you are interested in courses she runs, visit her website. “Taking Textiles Further

Booking

Course Details

Where:
OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 13 Nov -
Sunday 6:30 pm
Fees: £5 inc welcome drink


About the tutor


Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Alysn Midgelow-Marsden has been described as an energiser and inspirer for her art making and her teaching practice. She is a maker of inspiring and visually compelling forms comprising three-dimensional lines, structures and patterns in complex, lyrical fluidities using media such as textiles, wires, metals and plastics.

Alysn says: “There are two major factors in my life which ran side by side for many years, moved apart and are now intertwined once again.

  • The first is that I can’t remember a time when I didn’t spend time ‘making’, or stitching. These efforts were not always successful, but we all have to start somewhere! As I grew older my creative efforts included painting and poetry but always included fibre arts.
  • The second major influence is a combination of biochemistry, marine biology and conservation which were my degree subjects. I think that my approach to my art and my world view is informed by the investigative, experimental exploration which is the basis of the scientific method.


My work concentrates on the themes of place, culture and stereotypes associated with textiles; and the coastal and marine environment – it’s beauty, raw energy and challenges.
In psychological terms we see not only individual objects, but their edges. It is a dynamic space in which we find tensions and strange interactions. These interferences touch on inter- and intra- personal interactions. Your viewpoint is everything; the approach and personal interaction with the pieces is everything.”

Her practice creates an invitation for you to experience personal connections through viscerally emotive interactions. The work is driven by curiosity about science, the psyche and the marine environment, and are marked visually by a complex and raw yet lyrical fluidity.

Alysn’s works stretch traditional definitions of media and dissolve boundaries between sculpture, installation and video works, often incorporating metal, wire, fibre, textile and stitch.

Recent awards for selected exhibitions include: Mandurah Wearable Art (Australia) for ‘What Lies Beneath’; ‘Wall Brooches II’, (Australia) for ‘Taniwha’; ‘Changing Threads’ Nelson Arts ‘Bernina Award’ for ‘The Space Between VII’. (New Zealand)

Published books:

‘Between the Sheets with Angelina’
‘This Lustr’ed Cloth’

‘Stitch, Fibre, Metal and Mixed Media’

W: www.alysnmidgelowmarsden.com
I: @alysnmmart

W: www.takingtextilesfurther.com

I: @takingtextilesfurther


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