Tales of an intern

For the last two weeks I have had the pleasure of interning with Carole Waller.

It has been very hectic at times, and I have experienced things that no multi-million company could have offered me.

I am Faye Patterson – and I am currently studying my final year for a foundation degree in Fashion and Textiles at Bath Spa University, and I will be applying to a Textiles BA for my 3rd year of design. As my course is a mixed degree we’re constantly moving on to a new area of study, so I have not had as much opportunity to work with textiles. I would still like to pursue a career in it as I find it more exciting than the fashion elements of my course, which is why an internship with a textile designer has been incredibly helpful. Like Carole, I am an artist at heart and so her work on fabrics fascinated me.

 

devore printing

 

Baking the devore to burn out

During the first week I was taught new, invaluable skills. These included work with steam-set dyes, and learning how an abundance of materials can have dye transferred onto them (including Carole’s own beautifully coloured buttons). Being such a newcomer to textiles still, I didn’t realise how much work was needed to produce just a few metres of fabric. As an example, I was taught how to use a technique called Devoré, where mixed fibre fabric is treated so that a design is eaten away to reveal semi-transparent areas. There are several stages to completing this, making it both expensive and labour intensive. I also tried a few new finishing processes such as fringing, a simple skill but one that is useful to learn.

Carole had just received a new set of coats (part of her Winter Collection that was due to be finished that week) as she was working with a women’s association in Gujarat who use the traditional technique of Kantha stitch to quilt fabrics. She wanted to try their work out with a completely different coat shape  – so I was tasked with copying a master pattern in order to send them the new design for manufacture. I also altered one of her shirt patterns to make it more suitable for winter. Internships rarely involve pattern cutting as it can be a difficult task so this was an amazing opportunity.

kantha stitch clothing constructed with offcuts of painted silk

A photoshoot for her Winter collection at  the new hotel, No.15  Great Pulteney, involved working with professionals from various backgrounds, and liaising with hotel staff to ensure we got as much photographed as possible in the little time we had. This also gave us the chance to discuss which photographs would be selected for her press release.

photoshoot with Chris Daw

The most mundane of tasks are vital to the success of Carole’s collection:  I leafletted, washed tables, ironed metres of silk, I ran errands, I worked on pricing new products, designing wrapping paper, and I mopped the floor. Working with someone who runs their own business allowed me to see the completion of the big picture.

Working at her shop, One Two Five Gallery, gave me the chance to discuss garments individually with customers and understand why certain shapes or colours worked well on certain people. It is hard to envision how a garment will look without first considering who the customer is, something that I struggled with as a designer. Carole’s clothes come to life on people because she has developed an affinity to do this, so watching her work on commissioned and stock pieces has been incredibly useful.

in the gallery

Working as any sort of designer incredibly hectic, especially since Carole had so many deadlines whilst I was interning. Just two weeks of working with her has given me skills that will be useful for a lifetime, and I now have a newfound appreciation for textiles

 

Faye Patterson August 26th 2017

Waller and Wood – ceramics, candles and canvas

Gary Wood. Blog. 27/7/17. Waller and Wood

 

An exciting recent development in my work resulted from a meeting with a company in Bradford-On-Avon called Heaven Scent, who make a wide range of ethically sourced products including soaps, candles, reed diffusers and body products. Heaven Scent are the first company to create a natural alternative to a paraffin wax candle, over 24 years ago. They developed a unique blend of plant wax that burns cleanly and effectively, infused with fine fragrances and essential oils.
I discovered through talking with them that in addition to making a range of their own candles in glass containers, that they could fill containers made by other companies. I took them a range of different sizes and shapes of my pots, chose some scents and had these samples poured. The results were very good, the aromas beautiful; they smell amazing even when they are not lit! So now I am working with Heaven Scent building up a range of candle pots to sell in our gallery. When the candle has burned away you can clean out the residual wax and use the vessel in your home – cups, bowls and more besides. I am planning to do individual candles and also boxed sets for gifts, especially around Christmas.

Carole is also collaborating with them on a range of organic soaps wrapped around with her painted canvas and glass candles in a sleeve of painted silk all with Christmas in mind even though it is still July – but the samples are filtering onto the gallery now alongside a lovely collection of bags and pencil cases painted on canvas and combined with real leather. Carole is working with  Charlotty also nearby, in Trowbridge to design and make these with her fine sense of colour and craftsmanship. Find the first of the bags on her website here.

We have titled this new range of ours: Waller and Wood.

Candle pots group 2 webbag 1 back blue bag b

‘TRANSFER 2’ May 26th – June 11th 2017 Fringe Arts Bath FaB

‘TRANSFER 2’ May 26th to June 11th OPENS 6 -8pm May 26th as part of FRINGEARTSBATH

Wednesday to Saturday 11 – 5 Sunday 12 – 4pm

At one two five gallery, 4 Abbey Green, Bath.

As artists, Carole Waller, and Gary Wood have always tried to find ways to collaborate with other artists working both inside our own media and also exploring where different mediums meet.
Our latest exploration into collaborative projects is Transfer 2, an immersive installation for The Bath Fringe Festival created by four artists: Gary Wood, Carole Waller, Fran Landsman and Will Renel.
Transfer 2 is installed in the basement of One Two Five Gallery in Abbey Green in Bath.
The same group of artists made  ‘Transfer 1’ in 2016, incorporating film, light, sound, cloth, paint, clay, glass.

tranfer montage

Transfer 2 similarly explores ideas resulting in projections of images and light onto non-traditional supports and surfaces, interfaced with innovative soundscapes, generating unfamiliar, rich textures and surprising combinations and contrasts of light, colour, moving image and sound.
This project explores contrast and conflict of identity, light and shade, figures in a landscape.

We filmed two figures in a landscape on Solsbury Hill just outside Bath where Beata Host and Annie Beardsley subjected themselves to the bitter wind wearing thin silk dresses that camouflaged and highlighted them amongst the grass and sky. Their serene archetypal human presence moves in and out of focus and they give little away.
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The film was then sent to Will in London for a response in sound. Gary has recorded various extracts from Walt Whitman’s epic poem Leaves of Grass, which forms an integral part of the soundscape and can be heard alongside Will’s evocative, rich and resonant textures.

Fran, Carole and Gary will then bring elements of light, clay, cloth and the moving image into the basement to create an environment that will be compelling, abstract, contemplative and thought provoking.
Will and Gary and Fran and Carole have worked together several times over the years on a variety of projects and Transfer One allowed all four of us to explore how our ideas and media might relate to each others in the very confined underground space at the gallery.

Gary Wood is a well-established ceramic artist who opened one two five gallery in Abbey Green with partner Carole Waller, whose area of expertise is creating one of-a-kind garments using her painted fabrics.  “We love working with other artists and are excited about this collaboration which promises to be a sensory feast revealing how media combine to create new impressions and experiences”.

Fran Landsman is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, and she has made several films for the BBC arts strand, Imagine.

Will Renel was awarded an MA in music at Goldsmiths before starting his PhD in Inclusive Design at The Royal College of Art in collaboration with The Globe Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre. His research explores sound and social inclusion in public spaces and brings together deaf and disabled people to make work in response to their lives experiences of sound in public places.

 

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Footage : Fran Landsman

We invite you to visit us at the gallery and be enthralled by Transfer 2, during what is set to be another outstanding celebration of the arts here in Bath.