Exhibition: The Art of Craft – Ayse Simsek

Untitled-7The Art of Craft is a Contemporary Crafts exhibition which celebrates contemporary craft, featuring artistic practices which push the boundaries between craft and fine art.

The show will highlight exceptional artworks crafted in glass, ceramic, thread,wire, and wood. A programme of film, talks and workshops will accompany the exhibition exploring the processes and skills of different makers.

Exhibiting artists include: Max Jacquard, Helaina Sharpley, Lindsay Taylor, Alex Hamill, Ayse Simsek and Amanda Westbury
Exhibition opens from 25th March-19th April. Opening time: 10.00 – 5.30pm
Westgate Gallery, Gatehouse Arts, 19 Westgate, Harlow, Essex CM20 2QQ
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Ayse Simsek woven textile artist and designer is inspired by the natural world and a compulsion to not just re-interpret it but to combine it within woven structure.

Ayse’s work takes two approaches to textiles; firstly using a more traditional method of hand-weaving with a variety of fibres and techniques to recreate the naturally occurring, sometimes surprising, contrasts of textures seen all around us in the world. The second approach is to intricately intertwine and wrap yarn around natural surfaces, bringing woven structure to nature – sometimes in ways that merge with it and sometimes in ways that fight against it.

Ayse learned to weave at Chelsea College of Art and Design, obtaining a 1st Class BA (Hons) in Textile Design. It was during this time she began to explore ways of combining high contrasting textures and colours within cloth. She continued her studies at Royal College of Art obtaining an MA in Textiles. It was during this time her work really began to explore an array of techniques to force high contrasts to work together within the same piece of cloth. This also began her exploration into ‘wrapping’, mimicking woven structure through the layering of yarns directly on to a surface. Since graduating, Ayse has continued to develop her work at her studio at Parndon Mill, Harlow.
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