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Interning with Carole Waller

 I shall start by introducing myself: my name is Katie McAuliffe, and I am a Fashion and Textiles student at Southampton University. I am on my third day of work experience with Carole, and
I will be sharing my time at One Two Five on the blog as I go.

I took an interest in No Walking Canvas Ltd when I came across Carole’s work at Bath in Fashion back in April, and so now that I am on my summer break from University, I asked if she would possibly take me on as an intern. Thankfully, she said yes.

When I arrived for my first day at One Two Five, I was struck my the artistic beauty of the house and studios. Carole and her husband Gary display their art proudly all over the house and garden, creating a haven of colour, pattern and shape that would evade a regular home. Ceramic pots and bowls cover the surfaces and great panes of glass trap and reflect colour and light as irregular figures and forms dance on Carole’s glassworks.

Of course, it is her Art to Wear – the beautifully painted fabrics that make up her collections – which interests me the most, and so I was pleased to be helping her in her studio on my first day. Carole showed me her inventive technique of practicing  devore almost backwards, with really fantastic results which she will display at Decorex in a couple of weeks time.

Above is a photograph of myself in Carole’s studio.

The colours in the finished pieces of fabric are beautiful. My favourite being the gold piece, which exudes an autumnal warmth with dark red’s, burgundy’s and strong oranges setting off the predominant mixture of transparent and opaque golden tones.

Conduit St

I love Conduit St – my favourite shops , Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake are there.
They continue to inspire me with their intelligent forms which are wonderful to wear and to watch in wear.

Miyake is still designing the 155 collection of sculptural form with images and colours to die for.

While I was taking this photo I realised, looking through the lens that I was seeing a perfume bottle.
RUSHING inside I was like a kid in a sweet shop – because the original Yohji perfume has just been relaunched after 9 years. Gary and I first discovered this heavenly scent in the late 90’s in Paris when I was doing Fashion week and were devasted when it disappeared.The shop was out of stock, everyone else must love it too . So instead of spending the afternoon in the British Museum, I spent it in Selfridges – so I could get the 100ml .
Gary has hidden it.

atmospheric conditions for autumn

My collections of clothes always have stories behind them.
This  Autumn I am making a group of  painted velvets and silks completely inspired by weather and light over the sea.

This is the moon at Eype on the south coast of England, and a digital print silk chiffon scarf

More pictures as the collection develops.

Summer School for teenagers at ONE TWO FIVE

Last week we welcomed 20 wonderful teenagers to ONE TWO FIVE art school for 5 days of creative activities ……We taught them to screenprint , transfer print, to throw pots , to draw with the wrong hand , to write backwards – to make mosaic with found objects – to weave with scrap materials  – to make books from old paper bags. We worked on all sorts of surfaces and substrates – to transfrom materials and ideas through colour and form. The theme was ‘Identity’ – as individuals , as groups , as colour , geography and as voices …… we laughed a lot and made many things. Each student documented the week in a journal of words and pictures. This they also constructed themselves  – using whatever they wished and inspired by a workshop with Alison Harper. This was the really creative space for each in terms of personal expression and they were fantastic.
The final day was one of clearing up the studios, the gallery, the whole ground floor. (especially the black dye footprints from the carpet ……) Then curating, installing and presenting a one hour exhibition of all the work to their invited guests – and a few of ours.
Wonderful.

I did not read an email all week.

Art In Action is this week near Oxford at Waterperry Park ….. It is a wonderful event with more than a hundred artists and craftspeople demonstrating their techniques and discussing ideas and inspiration with the public! Unbelievably hot but full of goodwill and real intelligence . I love it. fini

shes this weekend.

This month is all about our summer Exhibition at One Two Five here in Bath – launching a summer collection based on the door into Frances Bacnon’s studio – which he used as a palette. So the painted marks on the clothing was a series of colour tests to see what worked next to what – very risky! the ones that did not work ended up black but some radiant pieces won through ……and the exhibition includes wonderful carpets by Morgan Ashard, Silver and gold jewellery from Beata Host , aluminium and resin  jewellery by annie Beardsley and illustrations by Ben Lothery. Gary Wood is launches ‘The Tea Bowl Company’ a brand newhttp://www.theteabowlcompany.co.uk website so do have a look…….

this weekend
 there are two shows to visit Fresh Air is the celebrated outdoor sculpure exhibition at the Old Rectory in Quenington near Cirencester http:/www.freshair2013.com which opens this Sunday June 16th until July 7th.
Also very local to me LOCAL MORSELS – 10 – 5 tomorrow and sunday at the Ale and Porter in Bradford on Avon – a little eclectic collection of some of the locals ……….Beata Host , Sasha Wardell , Gary Wood – very good indeed

Looking forward to my last show in London this year at the Old Town Hall in chelsea from Novemebr 16th to 18th – It is Handmade in Britain.

From London to West Dean

I am now at West Dean College where I teach twice a year – in the fantastic silence of West Sussex surrounded by grass and sheep with an Andy Goldsworthy to look at through the window. It was founded by Edward James – pal of Salvador Dali – and there are three ‘Lips’ sofas in the building! I love it. One is in a glass case the two are under canvas covers with discreet signage.
Meanwhile on Saturday I installed the biggest paintings I have ever made for a private commission in Fleet St.  I need the silence now.

The new collection Autumn 2012