Transforming antiquity at Somerset’s Barrington Court

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Gary Allson’s ‘Woven Wood’
Gary Allson’s ‘Woven Wood’

Somerset Art Works has unveiled the names of the three renowned makers in stone, wood and leather who will join willow artist Laura Ellen Bacon and paper artist Maeve Clancy in transforming Somerset’s magnificent Barrington Court for the Somerset Art Weeks festival, 21st September – 6th October 2013.

Stone calligrapher Thomas Appleton, woodworker Gary Allson and leather artist Laura Youngson Coll will team up with local suppliers Harvey Stone Quarry and Stonemasons, wood suppliers Yandles of Martock and glove manufacturers Burfield and Co.

A trained craftsman and Yeoman Mason, Thomas Appleton uses heritage skills and tools that haven’t changed since Roman times to document, comment on and celebrate modern life.

Thomas says of his work: “It’s the closest we can get to immortality; let’s enjoy it while we’re alive.”

Gary Allson’s wood commission will involve the use of digital milling machinery.

“My innovation is to generate solutions that are born out of a particular place,” he says on his website.

“The materials and techniques used to create work are intentionally kept simple in order to maintain the emphasis on the idea.”

A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Laura Youngson Coll’s work is informed by years of training in hand crafted leatherwork.

“My knowledge of leather has resulted from a very empirical process of learning,” she states. “In some respects this is symptomatic of the nature of the work; an interchange of old and new techniques utilised in contemporary design.”

The additional ‘Treasures of Somerset’ programme will feature a selection of six local makers in order to highlight the vitality and wealth of craft practitioners whose work in not always seen locally. These are Mike Dodd (ceramics), Tom Kealy (furniture), blacksmith James Horrobin, Patrick Reyntiens (stained glass), fine metalworker Caroline Lytton and textiles artist Jacy Wall.

Make the Most is an initiative of Somerset Art Works in partnership with the National Trust at Barrington Court, and curated by Craftspace. It is funded by Arts Council England, National Trust and Somerset County Council CIDF.


(from a press release)



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