Skirt
Skirt
Skirt
Skirt
Skirt
Skirt
Skirt
Skirt

Skirt

Alison Willoughby
04. 07. 2013–20. 12. 2013

English below

Ljósmyndaverk Alison Willoughby sem birtast mun á Skiltinu ber heitið Pils og er skemmtilegur útúrsnúningur á listrænu kennimerki breskra kebab skyndibitastaða. Verkið mun verða eins og upplýst tákn á Skiltinu.

Alison hefur verið afkastamikil frá því hún lauk Mastersnámi frá RCA árið 2001. Hún hefur unnið verk fyrir Habitat, Liberty of London og The British Council auk þess að sýna alþjóðlega. Í verkinu sem verður til sýnis á Skiltinu heldur Alison áfram að vinna út frá aðdáun sinni á fagurfræðilegum margbreytileyka fatnaðar sem listhlutar. Hún notar grunnform hans sem byrjunarpunkt í rannsóknum sínum. Alison sækir innblástur til þess sem rekur á fjörur hennar í borgarlífinu – allt frá silkibindum karlmanna til sparibauka, til slangna úr hjólubörudekkjum – hún sér í einfaldleika þeirra, “töfra hins niðurbrotna, endursamsetta, endurbyggða”. Sköpunarferlið sett í öndvegi og hún leysir úr læðingi hæfileika hlutanna til að umbreytast þegar þeir eru settir í nýtt og óvænt samhengi.

Hugmyndafræði Alison rennur saman við hugmyndafræði Skiltisins sem vettvangs sköpunar og fegurðar í formi útigalleríis á skilti í einu iðnaðarhverfi borgarinnar.
Wiz Wharton 2013

Alison lýsir verkum sínum á eftirfarandi hátt /
Alison describes her works in the following way:
I am entirely interested in materials and process; my agenda is always to experiment.
My practice is currently exploring the idea that the skirt (my canvas, vista, media since 2001) is a tube or cone shaped garment whatever discipline that may lie in. I believe strongly in not placing work within a singular category, but exploring what creativity can be through a range of art forms. The creation, process and meaning behind the work is the driving force, not the art form. My own practice, using design practice as a starting point, is multi-layered and draws on different approaches and genres. Function non-function, without the constraint of commercialism.

Deconstructing, constructing and reconstructing the precious, mundane and sentimental flotsam of the city into an encrusted multitude layered playground, the arena in which I reposition readymades. My fantasia where roads lead nowhere; a destination inaccessible by boat, horse or train. A kaleidoscopic, a technicolour. Repeated and multiple-magical environments in a wonderful world of fun and excitement is encouraged in practice and object receivership, albeit on a shelf, in a shop window, by mobile (from ceiling), out of a wall, on a chair, rail or floor. I am a 21st century urban escapist, it is pure divertimento, unreal and improbable. A glorious arsenal of self-indulgent harmless hokum!

I am a master builder of the unexpected Encrusted eclectic, my weaponry both found and new combinations and configurations using different techniques: machine to hand stitch, the pleat, silk screen printing with paper stencils, constructed embellishment, beading, mark making, pattern cutting, knitting, digital printing, drawing, painting: soft and hard substrate manipulation with different weights of plastic (buckets, air fresheners or moneyboxes). New and organic cotton sail cloth, metallic, matt leather, repeat prints from second hand shirts, men’s tie silks, wooden horses, denim, seconds cashmere, metal waste bins, twine skipping and climbing rope, upcycled linen, cardboard poles and rolls, ceramic bird baths or side plates, glass mirror balls, jars or neons, grass house brushes, rubber wheelbarrow inner tubes, metallic and matt leather and paper bags and kites. The work, like me is out of breath, but that is the aim.

It started with the kilt, the circle skirt, a pure simple, unaffected and timeless classic. To now, transition. A development using collections of detailed studies, including the use of: colour, texture, tone, scale, shape, proportion, pattern, line and placement. Circle geometric leftovers from traditional dress making or industrial manufacture.

21st century skirtgirl-magpie-readymade princess.

Maverick textile designer Alison Willoughby will unveil her next major show at Reykjavik’s prestigious Gallery Sign this July. The large photographic piece, entitled Skirt is a playful inverted take on the cultural iconography of the British Kebab Shop and will appear as an illuminated signage on the exterior of the gallery itself.

36 year old Willoughby, a distinguished RCA alumnus, has enjoyed a prolific career since receiving her MA in 2001, receiving high profile commissions from brands such as Habitat, Liberty of London and The British Council in addition to exhibiting worldwide. Skirt continues her fascination with the aesthetic complexity of garment as art, taking its simple geometry as a starting point for her multi-layered and experimental explorations. Willoughby draws largely on the flotsam of city life for her inspiration – from men’s silk ties, to moneyboxes, to wheelbarrow inner tubes - seeing within their deceptively simple forms “magical environments, the deconstructed constructed reconstructed”. Eschewing the constraints of commercialism the creative process itself is allowed to take centre stage, revealing the tangible relationships between objects and their potential to transform when placed in new and unexpected combinations.

Willoughby’s philosophy blends seamlessly with that of Gallery Sign, an outdoor venue with an inclusive urban aesthetic which plays host to national and international artists in its bi-annual exhibitions. Skirt will open on July 4th 2013 and will remain on show for six months. Gallery Sign is located at Dugguvogur 3, 104 Reykjavik, Iceland (on the corner of Dugguvogur and Kaenuvogur)
Wiz Wharton 2013