Meet the Makers at the Cittadella Re/MARK/ABLE exhibition
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Re/MARK/ABLE – showcases decorative, functional and wearable collections from nine Gozo artisans exploring chosen themes in wood, metal, mixed media, ceramic, jewellery, glass and mosaic.
Taking place at the Cittadella Cultural Centre in Victoria, this exhibition is open to the public until Saturday, the 29th of September.
Artists taking part are, Barbara Attard Pettett, Mario Cordina, Babs Davidson, Jayne and Paolo Giordanella, Abi Macleod Clark, Jackie Roberts, Rachel Robinson and Paul Singleton.
They are presenting contemporary applied craft influenced by nature, land and sea, architecture, nostalgia, storytelling and everyday life.
Organised by Makers Mark and curated by Jayne Giordanella, this project 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.Visitors will be able to view – 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
It 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.
Pat had a long association with Gozo having lived and worked on the island, on and off, since the 1960s.
The organisers said that this 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.
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 is 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 – is at the Cittadella Cultural Centre, Victoria, Gozo, open 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 informal show and tell sessions on: 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.
Photographs by Alain Salvary