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This is an extract from our newsletter! Please subscribe! This week our resident artist is Alice Burnhope, a textiles graduate from the University of Loughborough’s School of Design and Creative Arts. We met Alice when we visited her exhibition HARMONY taking place at the radical art space GALLERY NO 32 based in Bexley, Kent. The gallery is an unconventional outdoor site which questions how art operates in the natural environment; how a space may be imbued by the elements and by the general public, who become active participants as they engage with the space.
Alice’s exhibition “Harmony” has an industrial edge beside the railway lines, especially when the quiet bird-song is interrupted by the surge of the train. The gallery's founder and director Megan Stuart invites artists to immerse themselves in the landscape and the exhibitions that take place here become fluid, changing with the context of the outside world. Alice Burnhope and Gallery No.32 were not afraid to push the boundaries of texture and touch. In the cold air, Alice’s carefully crafted fabric sculptures seem sturdy and resolved, as if unfolding in their habitat. Drawing inspiration from organic forms, Alice is influenced by skin tones and nature.
On a single white wall, a soft-pink fabric flutters in the breeze, its peachy hues produced from natural dyes. In contrast, a darker square seems to reveal the embroidered outline of a city, when actually it is an example of refined laser-cutting. Alice employs reclaimed and biodegradable materials for a sustainable approach to textiles, using fabric to ensure that green spaces can be mobile and accessible for all. Fabric, space and plants synthesise within Alice's creativity and we look forward to seeing more. Gallery No. 32 is a site of metamorphosis, so as winter approaches, we are excited to see what happens next.
Alice Burnhope created this collection for her project “A Sense of Nature” which was part of the University of Loughborough’s Art Degree Show. This innovative body of work explores how green spaces can become a part of the body through garments and textiles. With re-claimed objects, edible plant features, naturally dyed fabrics, Alice brings the body back into nature and weaves the garden into material that can be worn; with creative flair, Alice quite literally embodies nature.
A large part of Alice Burnhope’s “A Sense of Nature” explores Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD) and how mental health can be influenced by the lack of green space. This inspired Alice to create work which investigates the value of plants to heal and remedy the overwhelming nature of built space.
Alice is an advocate for community spaces, well-being in nature and utilises her fantastic skills in textiles to create art which celebrates nature and soothes the soul. An ambassador for Fashion Revolution, Alice has sustainability at the heart of her creative work, connecting with the outdoors from within. It was an absolute pleasure to meet Alice and we at Cherry are excited to work together once more.
Our resident of the week is Millie Elliott. Millie studied BA Photography at Falmouth University between 2015-2018. A strong advocate for studying in Cornwall, Millie always enjoyed exploring the coastline and sea, leading her to live in Brisbane, Australia for a year following her graduation.
Millie describes her process of work: “I’ve been cutting and sticking for 23 years of my life! I work combining personal and archival imagery to explore themes of dreams, memories, and the line between fact and fiction.” Metallic colours become striking reds and oranges, hues of sepia and slivers of form, clasped hands and obscure history.
"I’m hugely influenced by paintings from the Italian Renaissance (see The Mocking of Christ by Fra Angelico) and brutalist architecture. Keeping a mixture of mediums is important, but I seem to always get drawn to shapes and hands. Parts of my inspiration also come from collecting things. Whether it’s glass slides from the 1930s, scraps of paper found on the pavement, oat milk boxes or glass prisms - everything I view will have an impact on my work, even if it’s subconscious.
My influences come from many directions. The media I use varies, while I try and use images of my own I always get drawn towards found images. I might find them in the street, antique store, attic cleanout - these are images of people’s lives so I do my best to protect the people they include and the invisible weight they hold.”
Millie Elliot’s work is a familiar fantasy, moving in-between spaces of antique postcards, found objects, illusion, nature and cityscapes. Millie describes her process as “putting together a puzzle. I’ll sit on projects for weeks while adjusting and adding elements, I enjoy that my practice is paced and allows time for reflection.” Millie’s images feel like antiques but move through her contemporary scope and vision which ensures they become timeless.
I enjoy pushing the boundaries of analogue and digital techniques, and then working to combine the two. Making mistakes is important in my work as it often leads to the next process idea, even if it’s a grossly pixelated image or mould riddled photo album. I take everything as a sign now, whether it will be used for current work or not.” Thank you Millie Elliott for sharing your work with us.
Thank you to our resident artist Shannon Osborne for her recent submission to Cherry. Shannon Osborne is a photographer and digital creative currently based in Brixton, London and a recent graduate from Solent University in Southampton (2019). In her project "A Beauty of One's Own" Shannon created a series of portraits to document her childhood and home - channeling light, shadow, interior familial scenes and depictions of nature into an intimate and immersive collection of memory landscape. "A Beauty of One's Own" speaks to momentum, stillness and a quiet sense of reflection.
Check her out on Instagram at @ozzyphotography_
Katie Cox is our resident Illustrator and soon-to-be Cherry Member. Katie studies BA Illustration at Falmouth University. Her wondrous critters celebrate and pursue diverse representation, ethical values, kindness and positive affirmation. This cute little critter has a cleft lip and is wearing Lucy&Yak, a lovely vegan brand.
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AKA LOUISE BROWN
Louise Brown is an interdisciplinary artist and Cherry Resident currently in her final year at Newcastle University studying Combined Honours in Politics, Psychology, and Sociology. Louise developed her stunning practice alongside her degree. For Louise, drawing allows "you to imagine your own reality and communicate something that others can relate to." The emotional grounding and detail of her work is truly thought-provoking and inspiring.
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