Wild Water, a collection of hand woven wall hangings and interior textiles created by artist Alice Hume.
This body of work takes influence from coastal landscapes, depicted as both a source of life and potential danger. A danger, which is often expressed in media reports on the global migration and refugee tragedies at sea.
Combining this contemporary theme with historic references, Humes cites Ruta Sepetys’ Salt to the Sea, a historical text documenting one of history's worst maritime tragedies. In 1945 three torpedoes were launched at the Wilhelm Gustloff a German military transport ship, resulting in the deaths of around 9,000 civilians, almost half were children.
The artist said:
“I wanted to create the danger and unpredictability of the sea, so I chose specific colour palettes of creams, greens and greys to convey the blend of the sky into the layers of the ocean”.
Much of Hume’s work’s, featured within this exhibition, are finished with patina copper, giving the piece weight and denoting traditional symbolism. The pale green rust on the metal is a reminder of the exposure to the elements such as water and sea-salt.
About Alice Hume
Alice Hume is a textile artist who studied Fashion and Textile Design at Winchester School of Art. It is here that she specialised in woven textiles. In her second year she had the opportunity to study at the Swedish School of Textiles in Boras, Sweden for five months. This enabled her to learn and create fabrics on Carpet, Terry Towel, Jacquard and traditional Swedish looms.
After graduating, Hume and her father collaborated to make handmade frame looms, entitled Hume Looms, from recycled wood. The artist utilizes her looms at Hotwalls Studio 12 to teach skills in weaving.
Since setting up a studio at the Hotwalls in Old Portsmouth, she now creates contemporary woven wall hangings and interior pieces using unusual materials of copper, raffia, recycled denim and driftwood.
Wild Water will be on display within our Craft Space from 6 December 2017 until Sunday 4 February 2018. All works are for sale.