Bluecoat Display Centre: Contemporary Construction
Venue: Bluecoat Display Centre
Dates: 26/08/2016 - 25/09/2016
Times: 10:00 - 17:30
This two person exhibition will feature furniture by Hugh Miller alongside textiles by Rita Parniczky.
Hugh Miller specialises in the design and making of contemporary hardwood furniture.
Before starting his Liverpool based furniture studio, Hugh studied architecture at Newcastle University, graduating in 2006 and gained his Masters in Architecture from the University of Sheffield in 2009. His architectural training is intrinsic to every item of furniture he makes, and he sees his work as small pieces of architecture. The rigours of the architectural design process are embedded in Hugh’s furniture making, and he loves to articulate of my pieces with careful, innovative, tactile jointing.
Rita Parniczky’s architectural textiles, installations and artworks for interiors explore the passage of light through material and pattern. Her interest in hidden organic structures is evident when looking at her translucent material installations of X-Ray Series. The material is Parniczky’s unique construct. Awarded the Peter Collingwood Trust Award for innovative technique her work is in international collections which include the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Combining traditional process with contemporary industrial materials her works respond to the possibilities of the buildings and spaces they are in. Parniczky is the winner of the prestigious Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize 2016.
Parniczky first became interested in the woven structure of textiles during her studies at Central St Martins. Here, she studied each line within the structure to expose what they do underneath the surface and how they form engaging patterns. In particular she explored the movement of the vertical warp threads which are otherwise invisible in most textiles.
‘During my architectural training I became interested in Japanese design and in 2015 for 8 weeks I travelled in Japan, as a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellow, to research the tools, techniques and philosophy of Japan’s unique woodworking culture.
The result of my time in Japan is the collection of furniture being presented at the Bluecoat Display Centre.
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