The process of transforming the flat pattern block into three dimensional form is an enduring source of inspiration. The rich cultural heritage and evocative language of pattern cutting has stimulated a broad range of contemporary applications. Block Party showcases work by artists that apply the aesthetics and techniques of pattern cutting to their practice in innovative and unexpected ways.
Internationally renowned for her unique visual art practice fusing fashion, art and architecture, the Crafts Council invited curator Lucy Orta to select works which engage with pattern cutting on a variety of levels. Looking beyond the garment, Block Party showcases new work by 16 international and UK artists and makers that have embraced the interdisciplinary nature of this skill, and which poetically reveals the tradition, history, and skills of the pattern cutter and tailor in various contemporary media.
Included in the touring exhibition are friends of Printworks Yinka Shonibare and our 2007 Surface Bursary recipient Rhian Solomon‘s work, a film originally commissioned by the Wellcome Collection for their exhibition ‘Skin’ (shown above).
Block Party is currently exhibited at Smiths Row, Bury St. Edmunds until 10th March 2012.