Our November Art Bar speaker is Angie Parker an award-winning textile artist, who designs and weaves rugs and wall-hangings for lovers of colour.
Angie trained as a rug weaver at art college in the early 1990’s, after initially getting side-tracked by a career in costume for theatre and television. The arrival of her children brought about the opportunity for her to revisit her passion for weave and colour, and she has spent the last 5 years (or 25 years if you go back to the start), establishing a niche brand working on commissions and exhibiting her textiles in contemporary craft galleries.
Her distinctive and intricate floor art and fabric creations are hand-woven using long established patterns, such as Krokbragd, which she combines with her instinctive approach to colour. It is the creative process of importing a contemporary element to the time honoured techniques of rug weaving and the responses from the viewer which most excite her. A year spent living in India and more recently the dynamic graffiti in her neighbourhood in Bristol have influenced the fabulously gaudy palette which is intrinsic to her weaving. Her colour spectrum primarily ranges from intensely hued to eye-popping flamboyance and sourcing new shades is a key part of her planning.
Angie will be looking at the pivotal moments in her journey, and sharing her experiences of running a growing contemporary textile craft practice. The highs and lows will be illustrated with a backdrop of eye-poppingly colourful examples of her work and the influences behind her creations.
Talks start at 7.30pm, but we recommend arriving at 7pm to grab a drink, pizza and a place to sit. Art Bar Bristol is FREE to attend.
Find out more about Angie’s practice here.
Images © Angie Parker.