Stairwell Suite. Photo by Alison Proctor
Shane Waltener

Visual Art Exhibition

Drawn to motion, written in space, stitched over time
12 January – 11 March 2012

Shane Waltener presented an exhibition of new works specially designed for Siobhan Davies Studios exploring the relationship between textiles and dance, making and performance, objects and their recordings.  Using stitching patterns, dance notation and the building itself as inspiration, he used the opportunity to research and develop new work with dancers and members of the public.

Shane Waltener is renowned for his large scale textile craft inspired installations. His projects often involve visitors as participants and contributors in the making of these works, promting communication and engagement through the act of making.

In Stairwell Suite, Waltener used the stairwell as a loom and its distinctive vertical metal framework to weave on.  Waltener collaborated with dance artist Laura Glaser to interpret stitching patterns into a set of movements. They worked with participants from the Siobhan Davies Studios’ evening Creative Dance class, who acted as needles or human bobbins, each held a length of yarn to create a spiraling web-like structure during the opening of the exhibition while travelling up and down the staircase.

Stitching Score #1, consists of a 200+ metre long strip of fabric made from deconstructed items of clothing. The making of the strip was staged as an interactive project in 2010 involving six people operating overlocking machines that cut and stitched the clothing together simultaneously.

Ready Steady Stitch (bobbin lace), are a series of woven pictures that combine the Studios architectural plans, stitching patterns and dance notation into templates for making bobbin lace.

Public Weaving Event

Biography

Shane Waltener is a London based artist and lecturer.  A sculptor by training, his work draws inspiration from craft traditions and processes, ranging from textiles and basketry to sugarcraft.  Projects by the artist, usually site responsive, often involve the public in the production of objects and installations, and aim to prompt a renewed engagement with visual art through the process of making. The artist regularly exhibits internationally and teaches at the University of the Arts, London.

(Biography correct at time of exhibtion, Jan 2012)

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