ALCYONE (OF THE SKY) Wall Hanging
Materials: natural undyed British wool, dyed British lambswool (Aegean Blue details)
Dimensions: 60 x 165 cm
One of a kind piece made with a woollen warp and weft in a textured ‘broken’ twill, following the ‘zero waste’ philosophy.
Alcyone (/ælˈsaɪəˌni/; Ancient Greek: Ἁλκυόνη, Halkyónē ), designated Eta Tauri, is a multiple star system in the constellation of Taurus. The name Alcyone originates with Greek mythology; Alcyone (derived from alkyon αλκυων “kingfisher") in Greek mythology, was the name of one of the Pleiades or Seven Sisters. When her husband died in a shipwreck, Alcyone threw herself into the sea whereupon the gods transformed them both into halcyon birds (kingfishers). When Alcyone made her nest on the beach, waves threatened to destroy it. Aeolus restrained his winds and kept them calm during seven days in each year, so she could lay her eggs. These became known as the "halcyon days," when storms do not occur. Today, the term is used to denote a past period that is being remembered for being happy and/or successful.
About ‘Opening Narratives’
Make’s inaugural exhibition entitled ‘Opening Narratives’ is a celebration of seven makers working with wood, ceramics, textiles and metal. With the resurgence of interest in craft skills, the landscape of making is changing and with it a dynamic generation of young makers with a shared passion for knowledge, process and materials has come to the fore. The makers exhibited possess an intimate understanding of their material and whether working with methods rooted in tradition or employing new techniques, materiality and process go hand-in-hand. The exhibition reflects the new visibility and significance of making and the re-evaluation of the crafted object, whilst bringing together seven makers with work of exceptional creativity and substance.
Hauser & Wirth Somerset Senior Director Alice Workman says:
‘Hauser & Wirth Somerset has a wide and varied programme encompassing art, architecture, gardens, landscape, farming, food, education, and community. Since opening, we have celebrated independent designer makers, stocking their products in our shop and holding ‘meet the maker’ events. Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset is a great opportunity for us to take this further, by holding curated exhibitions that present a unique selection of work by some of the best craftspeople and makers working today. It’s also a fantastic chance for us to bring our audience directly into the town of Bruton.’
“Occupying two rooms of a Georgian Townhouse in Bruton, Somerset, Make is a new gallery space from Hauser & Wirth Somerset, dedicated to contemporary making and the crafted object. Curated by Jacqueline Moore, formerly of the Moore Gallery, the space has a remit to explore and celebrate the re-evaluation of craftsmanship within the artistic community. the inaugural show, Opening Narratives, features the work of seven makers, most of whom will be familiar to those who have followed Hole & Corner over the years, including Alexander Devol, Olivia Walker, Florian Gadsby and Maria Sigma. A much needed addition and another example of the elevation of the designer-maker…”
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