Marks Over Time – Entry Registration Opens

Exhibition by Feltwest

All registrations must be submitted by close of business 31 July 4:00pm

Time marks everything.  Everything marks time.

Marks are lines, symbols or figures; deceptively simple yet incredibly complex.  Marks have the ability to: record, define, symbolize, correct, confine or instruct.  They can even create.  Marks are a universal language that evolves and adapts to suit their purpose, ultimately being a tool used by time itself.

The techniques that feltmakers use to mark has also evolved and adapted to suit their purpose.  There is opportunity for the feltmaker to mark felt at every stage of the felting timeline producing layered embellishments that bring depth to their personal marks.

Timeless Collaboration Project

The scarf is one of the humblest pieces of clothing but it is also one of the longest serving it has been documented since the Ancient Egyptian times.  The scarf has kept us warm, aided our modesty, and mopped our sweat. But besides these functional aspects it has also marked the wearer in some way. The scarf has indicated rank, position, allegiance, and class. It is used in ceremony, ritual and rites.  The scarf is timeless.

Marks Over Time – Submit Artist Bio & Statements

Marks Over Time – Collection Day

Participants to collect unsold pieces from Gallery Central today.

Exhibition by Feltwest

Time marks everything.  Everything marks time.

Marks are lines, symbols or figures; deceptively simple yet incredibly complex.  Marks have the ability to: record, define, symbolize, correct, confine or instruct.  They can even create.  Marks are a universal language that evolves and adapts to suit their purpose, ultimately being a tool used by time itself.

The techniques that feltmakers use to mark has also evolved and adapted to suit their purpose.  There is opportunity for the feltmaker to mark felt at every stage of the felting timeline producing layered embellishments that bring depth to their personal marks.

Timeless Collaboration Project

The scarf is one of the humblest pieces of clothing but it is also one of the longest serving it has been documented since the Ancient Egyptian times.  The scarf has kept us warm, aided our modesty, and mopped our sweat. But besides these functional aspects it has also marked the wearer in some way. The scarf has indicated rank, position, allegiance, and class. It is used in ceremony, ritual and rites.  The scarf is timeless.

Marks Over Time – Artist Bio & Statements Due

Exhibition by Feltwest

All Artists Bios & Statements must be submitted by close of business 15 August 4:00pm

Time marks everything.  Everything marks time.

Marks are lines, symbols or figures; deceptively simple yet incredibly complex.  Marks have the ability to: record, define, symbolize, correct, confine or instruct.  They can even create.  Marks are a universal language that evolves and adapts to suit their purpose, ultimately being a tool used by time itself.

The techniques that feltmakers use to mark has also evolved and adapted to suit their purpose.  There is opportunity for the feltmaker to mark felt at every stage of the felting timeline producing layered embellishments that bring depth to their personal marks.

Timeless Collaboration Project

The scarf is one of the humblest pieces of clothing but it is also one of the longest serving it has been documented since the Ancient Egyptian times.  The scarf has kept us warm, aided our modesty, and mopped our sweat. But besides these functional aspects it has also marked the wearer in some way. The scarf has indicated rank, position, allegiance, and class. It is used in ceremony, ritual and rites.  The scarf is timeless.

Marks Over Time – Entry Registration Closes

Exhibition by Feltwest

All registrations must be submitted by close of business 31 July 4:00pm

Time marks everything.  Everything marks time.

Marks are lines, symbols or figures; deceptively simple yet incredibly complex.  Marks have the ability to: record, define, symbolize, correct, confine or instruct.  They can even create.  Marks are a universal language that evolves and adapts to suit their purpose, ultimately being a tool used by time itself.

The techniques that feltmakers use to mark has also evolved and adapted to suit their purpose.  There is opportunity for the feltmaker to mark felt at every stage of the felting timeline producing layered embellishments that bring depth to their personal marks.

Timeless Collaboration Project

The scarf is one of the humblest pieces of clothing but it is also one of the longest serving it has been documented since the Ancient Egyptian times.  The scarf has kept us warm, aided our modesty, and mopped our sweat. But besides these functional aspects it has also marked the wearer in some way. The scarf has indicated rank, position, allegiance, and class. It is used in ceremony, ritual and rites.  The scarf is timeless.

Marks Over Time – Opening Night

Exhibition by Feltwest

Time marks everything.  Everything marks time.

Marks are lines, symbols or figures; deceptively simple yet incredibly complex.  Marks have the ability to: record, define, symbolize, correct, confine or instruct.  They can even create.  Marks are a universal language that evolves and adapts to suit their purpose, ultimately being a tool used by time itself.

The techniques that feltmakers use to mark has also evolved and adapted to suit their purpose.  There is opportunity for the feltmaker to mark felt at every stage of the felting timeline producing layered embellishments that bring depth to their personal marks.

Timeless Collaboration Project

The scarf is one of the humblest pieces of clothing but it is also one of the longest serving it has been documented since the Ancient Egyptian times.  The scarf has kept us warm, aided our modesty, and mopped our sweat. But besides these functional aspects it has also marked the wearer in some way. The scarf has indicated rank, position, allegiance, and class. It is used in ceremony, ritual and rites.  The scarf is timeless.

Marks Over Time – Abstract to Concrete

How do we take an abstract idea and turn it into a concrete project?

Abstract thinking or ideas are relative.

Concrete thinking or ideas are specific.

Our minds often flood with interesting ideas, topics or facts but struggle with how to make something from them. Each of us will approach this process differently but here are a few ideas and an activity to try – to kick start you off.

Research it

The more you know about a topic the more likely you are to recognise, pinpoint or simply stumble across that “thing” you were searching for.

Describe it in words

Write a paragraph or 2 about what you have discovered. This is a tried and true technique for all things – the act of organising the words helps to organise your thoughts. Try to keep the paragraphs concise, use adjectives, be very specific.

Use Metaphors & Analogies

This is particularly useful. If you can liken the topic to something familiar, everyday or even a stereotype you will get a clear vision of what it is that fascinates you. Stereotypes are steroetypes for a reason – they typify a broad or general topic. This is not to say your work should be a stereotype but the process is helpful in understanding your topic.

Let’s take the tree ring topic as an example.

Research it – rings are a year’s growth, they are different sizes, they record changes in the climate and environment, the science is are called dendrochronology

Describe it – Tree rings are an example in nature of marks over time as they vary according to the environment the tree experiences which influences each year’s growth. Tree rings are an invisible badge or honour that is only discovered upon death

Analogy – Tree rings are like the layers of paint on an old house.  They tell the history of the house’s interior. And are often only discovered when renovated or demolished.

Ideas this one progression sparked in my brain:

  • A 3D house – opening doors
  • Tree house
  • Multi coloured tree rings with household items embeded in them

Group Activity

Draw four boxes on a piece of paper and in each box draw one of the following:

                        Love               Anger                        Justice           Trust

These are well known abstract concepts but we still have specific images of each in our heads. What did you come up with?

Or maybe you have a concrete design that you want to be more abstract?! The same process still works.

This is what the group came up with:

Marks over Time – Exhibition Theme

Why do we have a theme? 

A theme brings cohesion to a group – it is the heart of the exhibition.  If there is no theme it would be a disjointed collection of items that the observer probably wouldn’t connect to.  The theme is usually a broad message about some aspect of life that we wish to share with the audience.

So isn’t that just a topic?  No. Topic is a vehicle for illustrating theme. So each of your individual works maybe on a different topic that still relates to the theme.

For example in our theme of Marks over Time.  This is a broad theme that can be interpreted in many ways – which we will talk about in a minute, but, if I create a piece of work let’s say a wall hanging that is about the concentric growth rings that mark the life of a tree.  I am illustrating the overall theme of marks over time through my topic of tree rings.  My artist statement would reflect my interest in the topic and how it relates to theme.  I might say something like “Humans are not the only beings that make marks over time, trees express time through their concentric growth rings.”

The main thing to remember about topic is that it pertains to the piece’s “what.” It’s driven by facts and specifics, whereas theme deals with the big picture and overall meaning that reveal why the piece matters.

We will have a session on Artists Statements later.

Some things to think about to get your inspiration for our theme flowing.

What is a mark?  How does time affect it?

Two Broad Definitions for Mark

  1. Blemish or stain
  2. Symbol, line or figure that records or indicates something

After a brainstorming session at Toss n Tell these some of the topics the group came up with:

Th whtieboard from our Brain Storm

October Toss n Tell – Abstract to Concrete

Marks Over Time – Delivery Day

Participants to deliver their pieces to Gallery Central today.

Exhibition by Feltwest

Time marks everything.  Everything marks time.

Marks are lines, symbols or figures; deceptively simple yet incredibly complex.  Marks have the ability to: record, define, symbolize, correct, confine or instruct.  They can even create.  Marks are a universal language that evolves and adapts to suit their purpose, ultimately being a tool used by time itself.

The techniques that feltmakers use to mark has also evolved and adapted to suit their purpose.  There is opportunity for the feltmaker to mark felt at every stage of the felting timeline producing layered embellishments that bring depth to their personal marks.

Timeless Collaboration Project

The scarf is one of the humblest pieces of clothing but it is also one of the longest serving it has been documented since the Ancient Egyptian times.  The scarf has kept us warm, aided our modesty, and mopped our sweat. But besides these functional aspects it has also marked the wearer in some way. The scarf has indicated rank, position, allegiance, and class. It is used in ceremony, ritual and rites.  The scarf is timeless.

Details, date confirmation and application process to follow soon. Keep checking back.

Marks Over Time

Exhibition by Feltwest

Time marks everything.  Everything marks time.

Marks are lines, symbols or figures; deceptively simple yet incredibly complex.  Marks have the ability to: record, define, symbolize, correct, confine or instruct.  They can even create.  Marks are a universal language that evolves and adapts to suit their purpose, ultimately being a tool used by time itself.

The techniques that feltmakers use to mark has also evolved and adapted to suit their purpose.  There is opportunity for the feltmaker to mark felt at every stage of the felting timeline producing layered embellishments that bring depth to their personal marks.

Timeless Collaboration Project

The scarf is one of the humblest pieces of clothing but it is also one of the longest serving it has been documented since the Ancient Egyptian times.  The scarf has kept us warm, aided our modesty, and mopped our sweat. But besides these functional aspects it has also marked the wearer in some way. The scarf has indicated rank, position, allegiance, and class. It is used in ceremony, ritual and rites.  The scarf is timeless.

Details, date confirmation and application process to follow soon. Keep checking back.