Recent Exhibitions 2017
Alison Scott- A Week in Farfield Mill
26 April - 15 June 2017
What is it that makes Farfield Mill such an intriguing and friendly place? Spend a week there and you will discover that the source if its charm is a shared love of materials, hand-made skills and, in particular, the delight in creation that we all first experienced at primary school. Manchester based artist, Alison Scott, illustrates a colourfully knit community of craft makers, a crazy festival of sheep and a history woven into the people of an area in this happy and quirky collection of paintings and prints. Come along and rediscover your inner eight year old. Find out more about Alison's residency by looking on our website resident artists or click here.
Tom Phillipson Maker and Designer
8 March 15 June 2017
Tom Philipson is a designer and maker of furniture and products from wood. He designs through actual making, and constructs using traditional tools and techniques mixed with experimental processes.
Tom lives and works in Ulverston in South Cumbria. He is the son of a silversmith and a fashion designer, and making has always been in his blood, on leaving school he completed a four-year apprenticeship in traditional cabinet making, and then went on to study furniture conservation and restoration at university. He then worked in the high-end antiques industry as a restorer for 15 years before becoming increasingly disillusioned with “Faking Things” for a living. Then four years ago, he then put down his tools, picked them up again, and began making instead of faking.In 2014 He was awarded the Acorn bursary from Lakeland Arts after the “Collect Cumbria” exhibition at Blackwell. Then winner of the “Best in Show” award for excellence at The British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate. In 2015 he was awarded a place on The Crafts Councils “Hothouse” Talent development programme. And since then has exhibited his work nationally.
Tom’s earlier work which is centred around “Fake articulated legs” was a way of showcasing his technical abilities as a maker through carefully executed detail, and an unusual design. He has then gone on to make work which is truer to his own design tastes, which is more simple in terms of form, but at the same time is executed in his own precise style. His work has also increasingly become centred around the idea of multifunction, in a way to move his practice from the predictable maker’s route to the high-end market, through making work which can be accessible and engaging for all. He developed the Basket/Tray/Stool with Grizedale Arts as part of their “Fairland” show at The Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, and is currently exploring ways of using Bamboo as a material for multifunctional products.
Throughout the past four years of making Experimentation has been paramount within Tom’s practice, and his work with wood shavings emphasises this. Through constant testing and experimentation during this time he has managed to create a new material using a seemingly useless bi-product. This material is currently being used in his designs for lighting, but is also being developed for use in more structural projects.
TEXTiles by Textilia 3
Wednesday 8 March - Sunday 23 April 2017
Textilia 3, a well-established group of textile artists based in the north of England, who have exhibited widely in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria exhibited a diverse selection of work.
This encompassed many techniques, from hand and machine stitch, felt, appliqué, dyeing and resists, print and manipulated fabrics and fibres. Abstract, figurative and decorative pieces, 2D, 3D and wearable art.
In this exhibition ‘TEXTiles’ the artists all interpreted the theme in their own way, finding inspiration in aspects of TEXTiles from fonts and typefaces to the colours and patterns of tiles, from myths and legends to storytelling.
Lucienne Day in Cumbria- An illustrated talk with Paula Day
On 23 April Farfield Mill hosted a talk about Lucienne Day who was one of Britain's most influential and best-loved textile designers. Her pioneering 'contemporary' design Calyx for the Festival of Britain in 1951 brought her international acclaim.
This was part of nationwide Lucienne Day centenary celebrations. Her daughter Paula Day presented an illustrated talk about her mother's life and career, including her love for the landscapes of Cumbria. Lucienne's silk mosaic 'The Howgills' was also on display alongside some examples of her printed textiles.
This free talk took place to coincide with an exhibition of Lucienne’s designs at The Whitworth Gallery in Manchester from April 14th to June 11th.
Celebrating Ceramics was lovely exhibition of ceramics from Artists from Cumbria and North Yorkshire. A wide variety of work was on show, ranging from beautiful everyday kitchen items, to stunning decorative wall art. Something for every visitor to enjoy. There was work from John Davenport, Frances Winder, and Jan Huntley Pearce to name but a few, from a group of very talented artists.
22 January - Sunday 4th March The main emphasis of Jill’s exhibition was vibrancy, pattern, and movement in nature. To achieve this, she used a novel method of combining wax resist batik techniques with acrylic paint. The resulting paintings were unique in style and rich in colour. She also worked in mixed media, using watercolour with other mediums, such as oil pastels, soft pastels, charcoal and inks, to produce contrasting texture and detail in her work. These paintings were inspired by the flower-rich meadows and verges of the Yorkshire Dales.