Creative Twinning Showcase

I took part a showcase event with Creative Twinning last week in Nottingham Contemporary. I put together a display of new and older work forming a new collection called Polonaise which includes some smaller pieces alongside the larger scale work like the quilt currently in the window at Designer Forum (photos below).

Ruth Singer

I was quite pleased with this showcase of wall-based work with no walls to put it on… a challenge! I think it has worked ok.

These are details of a couple of the framed pieces, pre-framing.

Polonaise sketch

Polonaise sketch

You will notice that I have started adding more detail in these pieces than I previously did – more than one technique on a piece is highly novel for me! I am enjoying the additions – buttons, pins, stitching and photographs are appearing (there is a tiny piece of print on silk in the red & white piece). This new direction all stems from my Monumental Folly pieces (which are in an exhibition now).

There’s a chair behind the framed pieces too. The photos are not great as the lighting was pretty awful – although I did a lot better than some…

Ruth Singer

I am still pondering ways of making my name more prominent on displays like this, how to put price / info labels and where to put leaflets / cards without making it a mess.
I was hoping to get some feedback on this new work, but apart from general ‘Lovely display’ I didn’t get much, which was frustrating. I never know if that means ‘I like your method of display’ rather than the work itself!

This is the Polonaise quilt in light and dark.

Polonaise quilt 2011

I only managed to get a handful of photos of the rest of the showcase, there are more here.

Creative Twinning showcase

Creative Twinning showcase

Creative Twinning: Collaborations

Exciting things are afoot: I have joined Creative Twinning to take part in some cultural exchanges with designer-makers in the East Midlands and in Germany. 

Creative Twinning is a project set up by makers, for makers, to support links and creative exchange with German makers. There’s a week of events taking place in Nottingham later this month, for which I am busily stitching away to create new work. I am hoping to get a lot out of this week of events, even though I am not able to make the trip to Germany in June next year. I am launching new work at the showcase which is slightly scary but also hopefully supportive and encouraging – the opinions of other makers are really important. Getting more involved with other designer makers is really vital to my creative development at the moment, so I am hoping to be able to pick people’s brains a lot!

A sneak peek of my new work: 

In the last couple of years I have mostly worked on larger exhibition pieces rather than smaller work to be sold in galleries and shops, but I am exploring ways of making my bigger work more accessible and commercial and I hope this showcase will help. 

There is also a mentoring aspect of the project which I hope to take part in. I have been lucky to have had some great mentors in the past and have recently been acting as mentor to new designer-makers. I find it very rewarding and interesting and I love to see how people can learn from my successes (and failures!) as well as explore their own way in the world and create exciting new work. I plan to launch a formal mentoring scheme next year too. 

Please come along to Creative Twinning events, all are welcome!

Inspire and Unite 5-8pm
A unique and informal showcase of designers from the East Midlands and Karlsruhe in germany. A chance to network with local innovators and businesses, with live music from local singer, Georgie Rose
venue:The Space Nottingham Contemporary Weekday Cross, Nottingham NG1 2GB

Please also drop in to see our work on display in Designer Forum window with my large red & white quilt.