Sheffield-based textile artist Marion Anniss is presenting her second solo show, Testament, at Cromford Mill Gallery from August 13-15.
Utilising a combination of cutting edge digital image manipulation and traditional textile art techniques, Marion Anniss has produced a brand new body of work inspired by medieval architecture, and in particular, religious buildings.
The exhibition’s title is a reference to the monastic buildings that have long inspired her. While not a particularly religious person, the former primary school teacher has long been fascinated with ecclesiastical architectural remains. She takes particular inspiration from the monumental structures, grand entrances and ornate drawings and paintings that often adorn inner walls.
“I like to wander round ruins, imagining the lives and routines that caused first the construction and then the deconstruction of these grand religious buildings,” Marion Anniss explains. “The ruins show what happens to buildings over time as they weather and wear away, leaving tiles cracked and broken and chiselled stone designs gradually losing their edge and becoming indistinct. Who could not see inspiration among these buildings?”
Testament runs from 10am to 5pm on all three days. Alongside the main exhibition from Marion Anniss will be a new range of works from Sandi Williams of Fusions. This features innovative, handcrafted glass creations that compliment the contemporary, forward-thinking textile artworks that make up the majority of the exhibition. In addition, a small range of handcrafted jewellery by Hampshire-based artist Rebecca Blake will be on display.
Pieces from all three artists will be on sale.