Re/MARK/ABLE – A new way to experience contemporary craft in Gozo
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Re/MARK/ABLE – is opening at the Cittadella Cultural Centre next month. This exhibition will allow the visitors a new way to experience contemporary craft.
It will showcase decorative, functional and wearable collections from nine Gozo artisans exploring chosen themes in wood, metal, mixed media, ceramic, jewellery, glass and mosaic.
Barbara Attard Pettett, Mario Cordina, Babs Davidson, Jayne and Paolo Giordanella, Abi Macleod Clark, Jackie Roberts, Rachel Robinson and Paul Singleton, are presenting contemporary applied craft influenced by nature, land and sea, architecture, nostalgia, storytelling and everyday life.
This project, organised by Makers Mark and curated by Jayne Giordanella, aims to highlight not only how craft can be presented in an engaging way, but how innovation and creativity in design and making are alive and vibrant on Gozo.
Makers Mark, a registered NGO, was established in 2014 by a group of professional designer/makers to promote excellence in contemporary craft both nationally and internationally.
The UnforgettABLE Pat – an installation, “weaving a fine line between shabby chic and urban squalor, an immersive sensory narrative depicting the art and life of the Unforgettable Pat Holtom,” says Emma Victoria Morgan, designer and installation curator
This is a retrospective tribute to influential textile designer and weaver Patricia Ann Holtom (1939-2016) in the form of an installation offering a glimpse into her studio.
The installation captures the essence of Pat’s work process, her ‘doodles in 3D,’ artefacts, work in progress, and materials carefully removed from her house, just as she left them.
Pat had a long association with Gozo having lived and worked on the island, on and off, since the 1960’s. Some of the artists and makers who knew Pat were invited to create new work, inspired by her, some of which is on show.
Photographer, Federico Cini made a visual record of Pat’s studio before it was cleared. A selection of these images will form a backdrop to the installation
WorkABLE – work in progress A space dedicated to the design process, the tools and techniques of making. Designers and makers participating in the project will be on hand to demonstrate some of their processes; talk to visitors and answer questions offering insights into the inspiration and skill behind the work on show.
Re/MARK/ABLE – opens to the public from the 8th until the 29th of September, at the Cittadella Cultural Centre, Victoria, Gozo , daily 9am-5pm, admission is free
The exhibition is endorsed by V18 – Valletta European Capital of Culture and supported by the Ministry for Gozo.
The general public is invited to come along and ‘Meet the Makers’ in a series of informal show and tell sessions on: Saturday, the 8th of September from 4pm-6pm, on Friday, the 21st of September from 10am-12 noon and on Monday, the 24th of September from 10am-12 noon
For more information follow the MAKERSMARKMalta facebook page.
Photos: Centre is Pat Holtom, then from top left; Abi Macleod Clarke Mosaic making, Barbara Attard Pettett Raku firing, Jackie Roberts working with copper, Paolo Giordanella Stag Beetle Blades, Rachel Robinson working and Paul Singleton – woodturner.