Congratulations to Eleanor Langton and her success in the RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2016, and to Jo Atherton who has been invited to speak at The London Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers about her work.
Eleanor Langton won both The publicity Prize and The Artist Magazine Prize, with her image 'Our First Table' at the RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2016.
Jo Atherton is an artist working with found objects gathered on the UK coastline. She will be speaking at The London Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers about her work on Saturday 9 April 2016 at 2.30pm in St Stephen’s Hall, 48 Emperor’s Gate, London, SW7 4HJ. The event is free for full-time students on production of a valid student card, otherwise £7 contribution to the hall hire for all other guests.
Jo works with orphaned objects collected on the tideline to create handwoven tapestries. The pervasive nature of plastics in daily life prompts us to question whether generations from now, will these forgotten fragments be any different to the precious relics that time elevates to the museum cabinet? Much like the stone tools, pottery and metals that archaeologists use to define human cultures of the past, a layer of plastic will one day signify our own time on earth. Who will weave the threads of our stories long after we have gone?
‘Deeply impressed at the quality and originality of her work’, the National Maritime Museum Cornwall invited Jo to produce Stranded, a 6 month solo exhibition in 2015. In 2016, Jo is working towards Tangled, a group exhibition taking place at the Museum of Animals & Society in Los Angeles later this year.
Jo frequently speaks about her work with found objects as a way of exploring stories of our time. She has given a TED talk on this subject and in 2014 was delighted that her PechaKucha talk was chosen by Tokyo HQ to be the Global Presentation of the Day. Jo has written for The Journal of Weavers Spinners & Dyers and the Plastic Pollution Coalition. She runs workshops for adults and schoolchildren and was recently chosen to be Artist in Residence at Brisons Veor, Cape Cornwall, UK.
Find out more about Jo and her work on her website - www.joatherton.com