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CAROLE WALLER INTRODUCES: ‘VENICE’ : A SPRING COLLECTION

The sensory feast of the city of Venice has inspired Carole Waller’s latest collection of hand painted clothing which, like the Venice itself, is full of colour, bold reflections and fluidity of movement.

“Visiting Venice once again last spring I was completely captivated and transported back to magical childhood visits, “ Carole explained. “I have taken images of archways stretching over the canals, reflections of boats and the beautiful grilles at the windows of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. These repeating patterns create screens through which colour seeps through – the shadowy greys, silvers and sludgy greens of the canals and the bright reds and blues reflected on the water and pale whites and greys and soft pastels of the lagoon as the sun sets”. This colour palate forms the basis of the collection with surprising splashes of bright red in a nod to “Don’t Look Now”. “The colourful red awnings along the canals serve as a counterpoint to the subdued and sludgy colours of the canals and bright reflections of the buildings which change minute by minute as the light shifts” says Carole.

Carole pays homage to her mother who, as a young artist alone in Italy, was equally enchanted by Venice which she painted in a series of watercolours “beautifully capturing the buildings with her sensibility to colour and atmosphere”. Another element that appears throughout the collection is taken from an iconic print from a drawing of the Ca D’Oro Palace on the Grand Canal. Carole went to seek out the block printers of which only a handful remain. “ I have dedicated my collection to them and their beautiful, simple renditions of the decorative and spiritual uplifting buildings of Venice.

Making an investment in a piece by Carole Waller ensures that you will always be the centre of attention. They are indeed unique, whether you are drawn to a tie wasted shirt or a neat dress or a flowing scarf that in itself will be a talking point. And for special occasions, Carole is always happy to create a one-off, bespoke outfit; please contact Carole Waller for a one-to-one appointment: 07803033629.

Nicky Hancock March 2018

 

photos Jesse Wild , thanks to Milsom Place Bath, Styling Abigail Constanza and Sarah Baker, make up Sarah Smerdon , Model Nadia Achha

‘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.

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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.