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Finding Fragments - Student Exhibition 2023

Place, Displace, Replace

It is such a privilege to share this amazing work from my, Finding Fragments course. I love the variety of techniques, different approaches and individual presentation, which make this a really exciting exhibition of contemporary mixed-media work. The starting point was observing and responding to fragments from walks, travels, gardens or personal collections. Stitch techniques found in Japanese Boro and Kantha were explored but exaggerated and distorted using non-traditional materials. I introduced different exercises throughout the course and I encouraged everyone to be adventurous and try everything, but eventually I wanted them to follow a path that resonated with them personally. This led to the creation of work that is unique and true to themselves, as well as bringing them joy and pleasure which I think really shows through their work.

When working in collage, whether using fabric, paper, found objects or a combination of all these things, the key to success is placement. Considering how one fragment connects with another to achieve balanced yet exciting, visually stimulating work is not easy. It can cause angst and frustration - it takes time constantly placing, moving, flipping, rotating or replacing until everything comes together and it ‘just works’. Being brave enough to cut up, rearrange, move sections, remove elements or add items that didn’t originally belong can make very exciting work. I think you will agree that the pieces displayed in this exhibition work beautifully. Some are sensitive and quiet, others bold and colourful but each one is full of intrigue and interest. It has been wonderful to watch the work develop and witness the brave steps taken to create these amazing pieces. I hope you enjoy looking closely at the details and intricacies of these richly layered works of art.

Shelley Rhodes

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We are delighted to announce that this online student exhibition is now ready to be purchased as a book from Peecho!  By clicking the below link - you can purchase the online student exhibition as a hardcopy and have it on hand whenever you need it to share with others. Please note that Peecho is a third party book printing company and we have no control over the postage costs to your destination.

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