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Textiles as Art – Online Panel Discussion
June 17, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Find out how two very different contemporary artists, Sam Meech and Seiko Kinoshita, use textiles in very unusual ways. Encompassing digital textiles, projection design, knitted animation, traditional craft techniques and interactive artwork, these Yorkshire artists are all drawing on the area’s textiles history.
Sam Meech is an artist, educator and videosmith from Huddersfield.
“I refer to myself as ‘digital artist with analogue tendencies’. My background is in moving image and digital design, however, since 2013 I have also worked with knitting, creating a series of physical textile artworks that explore digital processes, pattern making and collaborative design. These projects include knitted animations, giant data-visualisation banners, board games, design workshops, encrypted knitwear and urban installations.”
Seiko Kinoshita is a Japanese artist who uses traditional textile techniques to create contemporary art work and large installations. She has lived in Sheffield since 2002.
‘Positive concepts derived from everyday life and nature influence my work. Nature has always inspired me. Its form, colour, sound, taste, texture excite and sometimes frighten me. I feel there is nothing equal to its magnificent power and pure beauty. The challenge to design alongside the power of nature will continue. I intend to create my works to present a moment of peace to a viewer who lives in our hectic world and to push the boundaries of textiles being perceived as craft.”
This Zoom event will allow you to learn more about the artists’ work and will feature an audience discussion about the role of textiles in contemporary art.