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Commit To Being Creative – Inspiration

James Turrell Deer Shelter Yorkshire Sculpture Park is one of my favourite places to visit and is only 15 minute drive away from where I live in Dewsbury and where I work in Mirfield. I very rarely go by myself as I love to show friends around and also have that ‘chat’ which you sometimes... Continue Reading →

PLECTRUM RUG 2 – Shaded or Ombre tufting effect

I am not entirely sure where the ides for this rug came from. It was probably from a combination of taking the shape from a previous commission earlier in the year for a project in Clerkenwell, London, and some colours that I had in my bank of stock colours from previous commissions. I like to gather colours from stock to see which weights I have to allow me to create a rug or wall hanging to a specific size and design. These colours jumped out at me after seeing where my first PLECTRUM rug was located and the colours around it from the furniture around it too. Samples are a great way of working out the correct mix and best way of creating the desired tonal shading or ombre effect rather than diving straight into making mistakes on the actual rug. I do not always create designs for my rug project but in this case, I had to visualize how the shading would appear. I also realized that I wanted the shading to be more centralized than the design showed.

SCULPTING A CONTINENT – Community Textile Wall Hanging

Each Saturday during June 2021, for the Dewsbury Creative Town & Woven in Kirklees Festival, the ‘Sculpting A Continent’ textile installation in Market Square gazebo also had a pop up shop running along side the installation. This allowed the public to better understand the hand tufting process as well as also having a go at... Continue Reading →

HAY BALE 1 – Hand Tufted Rug or Wall Hanging

Inspired by walks through the fields around West Yorkshire and the changing view of the field directly in front of the workshop in Mirfield, this HAY BALE design rug or wall hanging evokes the movement of the ploughed lines of cultivation but using a palette of expressive, counterintuitive custom dyed pure wool colours. Each rug... Continue Reading →

BRIAN HOLMES ARTIST – Sally Holmes lino print portrait wall hanging

Brain Holmes – Artist (1933 – 2009) He was born in Lancashire and raised in Ripponden, near Halifax in West Yorkshire. After completing his secondary education, he studied at Huddersfield School of Art and in 1959 studied a diploma in Fine Art at The Slade School in London. Upon graduation in 1959 he moved to... Continue Reading →

SCULPTING A CONTINENT – Wall Hanging Sculptural Textile Installation at Pioneer House in Dewsbury

Andrew Warburton was commissioned to create ‘Sculpting A Continent’ as a temporary installation for the Dewsbury Creative Town Arts Programme funded by Kirklees Council and produced by Beam. This work was also commissioned in partnership with the WOVEN in Kirklees Festival 2021.

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