We will be here with warm drinks (and the odd glass of wine) on Thursday 7 January at St George’s for Louise’s Private View of FABRICATE, to welcome any and all who manage to get here.
Weaver and designer-maker Louise Nason will be showing the results of her 8-month residency based at St George’s Arts in Surrey in her exhibition, ‘Fabricate, a woven response to place’. Louise, a graduate of UCA Farnham who has previously exhibited and worked on various commissions including one for John Makepeace, secured the residency with her proposal to set up a floor-based countermarch loom in the North Aisle of the redundant Tudor church which hosts the residency and work directly in response to the light and colours of the building. She has relished the opportunity to work site-specifically “I have been particularly struck by the massive tie beams within the original Tudor church. This has inspired me to think about incorporating structure into my piece of work. The aim was to create a contemporary piece of work that would hang within the space that inspired it.’ Alongside the fine cottons and silks she usually works with she has chosen to weave using linen, which gives a sense of strength and structure to the cloth. She has also been running a series of workshops sharing her skills and love of her craft with local people. St George’s Arts runs an annual artist / maker residency scheme and Louise is the third artist to be appointed. ‘We aim to give artists or craftspeople the freedom to work in a different way, responding to a beautiful place with a calm, contemplative atmosphere; with the hope that they will be able to develop new work and pass on some of their experience to others.’ (Jane Ponsford, visual arts organiser, St George’s Arts).