Tapestry, Water and Ice- Dovecot Studio Balcony Displays 2019 Barbara Rae-Peel Sound Ice: New Tapestry Weaving Processes with Monoprints

Barbara Rae-Tapestry Weaving (Woven by Ben Hymers, Naomi Robertson & Emma Jo Webster) Peel Sound Ice (2019) Wool and Metallic Yarn on Cotton Warp

This artist experienced a series of journeys into the Artic, to follow in the footsteps of her namesake Dr John Rae which resulted in a new body of work including tapestry weaving, paintings and monotypes. The tapestry weaving-Peel Sound Ice demonstrated how she changed her process, of her use of expressive mark making, light and colour in new and different ways which helped me to reflect upon my own tapestry weaving process. Of the need to continue to journey further with my creative process to fuel an increased sense of place and context including the effects of global warming.

Barbara Rae-Tapestry Weaving-Detail (Woven by Ben Hymers, Naomi Robertson & Emma Jo Webster) Peel Sound Ice (2019) Wool and Metallic Yarn on Cotton Warp
Barbara Rae-Tapestry Weaving-Detail (Woven by Ben Hymers, Naomi Robertson & Emma Jo Webster) Peel Sound Ice (2019) Wool and Metallic Yarn on Cotton Warp

On viewing Barbara Rae’s related series of monotypes which influenced her range of paintings and tapestry weaving, I was immediately struck by her rich colour palette and the increased possibilities of monoprint for textiles.

Barbara Rae- Peel Sound-Ice No 1 (2018) Monotype (Dovecot, Edinburgh)

While I have experience of using hand printmaking including the completion of monoprints this artist and her use of colour and mark making has encouraged me to explore mono-printing further, to be more expressive and experimental with colour to help to progress my own creative practice and textile work.

Barbara Rae- Baffin Bay No 1 (2018) Monotype (Dovecot, Edinburgh)
Barbara Rae- Prince Leopold Island Sanctuary 1 (2018) Monotype (Dovecot, Edinburgh)
Barbara Rae- Lancaster Sound (2018) Monotype (Dovecot, Edinburgh)
Barbara Rae- Berg- Davis Strait (2018) Monotype (Dovecot, Edinburgh)

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