19 May to 26 September 2021
"Rock Paper Scissors", Houghton Hall, Norfolk
Art & Objects Produced with their Making in Mind
"Rock, Paper, Scissors includes artists and makers who like to surprise us with the outcome of their creative intent, choice of material and dexterity of fabrication. Technical ability has played a subsidiary role in the production and appreciation of art in recent decades, as more conceptual work has been the main focus of artistic activity in contemporary collections and exhibitions in museums, galleries around the world. C&C’s exhibition includes creatives who have developed their work against this prevailing direction. The title Rock, Paper, Scissors refers to the childhood game of chance where material properties prescribe the outcome of each playful exchange between two players, with the material choice made by one player winning the point.
Knowledge of material and process has been the point of departure for many of the artists and makers C&C works with today. They have accumulated a wellspring of personal insight and experience in manipulating a range of natural and manmade materials coaxing their creative ideas into being. Carved stone bowls, precise single sheet paper cuts, collages, poured abstract paintings, welded and hand-cast sculptures, tactile turned vessels and hand-hewn wooden platters reveal their material origins through each stage of the creative process. Each exhibit shows the alchemy that can occur between creative intent, material choice and dexterous fabrication."
To view works on show (and on sale) in Rock Paper Scissors, see my Contemporary & Country page
6 September 2019 to 5 January 2020
"Tir", meaning land, in the Cywrain’ space showcases a variety of makers from Wales, Ireland, and Scotland whose work is influenced by the material of the land or by its form, movement and colour.
Aisling McElwain; Bethan Corin; Claire Cawte; Dave Evans; Elin Crowley; Ellen Thorpe; Emma Smith; Ffion Gwyn; Gail Kelly; Helen Williams; Kirsti Brown; Rosie Farey; Rhiannon Gwyn; Sarah Paramor; Verity Pulford; Woolly Mammoth Fabric
Lise Bech, Dail Behennah, Mary Butcher, Mandy Coates, John Cowan, Mary Crabb, Jane Crisp, Jenny Crisp, Alison Dickens, Laura Ellen Bacon, Lizzie Farey, Rosie Farey, Eddie Glew, Charlie Groves, Stella Harding, Joe Hogan, Peter Howcroft, Tim Johnson, Anna King, Rachel Max, Annemarie O’Sullivan, Sarah Paramor, Dominic Parette, Polly Pollock, Ruth Pybus & David Brown, Clare Revera, Caroline Sharp, Lorna Singleton, Maggie Smith, Lois Walpole
A truly ancient craft, Basketry still adheres to its basic principles and methods of construction, albeit in myriad forms. Contemporary practitioners combine materials and techniques, using both traditional and modern ways of making to spectacular effect. Basketry: Function & Ornament looks at current practice of some thirty makers from throughout the UK. It brings together functional vernacular work from various parts of the country, alongside pieces that are sculptural and ornamental. It is a survey of a craft that has been somewhat sidelined in times of great technological advances, yet offers a sustainable answer to so much of our modern day throw-away habits.
Curated by Gregory Parsons.
"Bags, Bottles & Baskets" – solo show
Inverness Museum and Gallery, Scotland: Foyer Gallery
15 June to 3 August 2019 (now finished)
Description, courtesy of Inverness Museum:
In this collection Sarah Paramor explores materials that inspire her — everything from corsetry boning to tape measures, moss to maps — making unconventionalbags, bottle-covers and baskets fit for the runway.
This project has been supported by a Highland Visual Artist & Craft Maker Award.
Worshipful Company of Basketmakers 450th Anniversary Trade Fair: "Basketry: Weaving the Circle of Life"
The Old Library at Guildhall
Tuesday 19th February 2019
This was a wonderful celebration of basketry, with an extraordinary collection of varied baskets in one room!
Sarah exhibited work in two materials (hairmoss and corsetry boning) on two stands: