In the autumn of 2015 a group of artists were inspired to come together to exhibit at Bankfield Museum and Art Gallery. The artists are Edie Jolley, painter, archaeologist; Julie Turner, spinner & wool craft textile artist; Karen Alderson textile artist, writer, filmmaker; Jane Pugh, textile artist, painter, illustrator. Follow their journeys as they use a museum object as their starting point & work through a creative & interpretive process to produce brand new work to be exhibited in November 2017.

Artist Biographies

Karen Alderson

Karen was born in Nelson, Lancashire, she graduated from LSE and, after working as a counsellor and community educator for 14 years, returned to full time study & graduated from Bradford Art College with a degree in Fine Art then worked for 10 years in community and participatory arts. Four years ago she became seriously ill, took time out to recover and now focuses on her own practice and well being.

She currently lives in Todmorden.

Her work has been in seven exhibitions, namely Manchester’s first altered book exhibition, Bibliomania 2007, Neologism in 2003 and various other group projects including Hebden Bridge Open Studios and Todmorden Open Studios. Her interests are walking, psychogeography, female subjectivity and liminality. An important influence was seeing the Textural Space exhibition at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester in 2002, the Louise Bourgeois & Doris Salcedo exhibition at the Tate in 2007 and regularly visiting the annual Leeds Book Fair. Her main media are textiles, print, she intends to explore video and sound. She is a compulsive writer and reader.

Jane Pugh

Jane Pugh was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire. She has taught art and design in schools and colleges.  After founding the Ryburn Art Group in 2005 she developed a number of art and textile projects with local community groups. She is an active member of Sowerby Bridge Winterlight and has run site-specific workshops over the last four years. Jane joined Artworks in Halifax in 2011 as a means to developing her own work and now has a studio there.

Jane has exhibited her work at various galleries including Womens Work at the Canal Basin, Sowerby Bridge, Bankfield Museum, Artworks; one-woman shows include West Yorkshire Playhouse and RHS Garden, Harlow Carr, Harrogate.

Regular visits to galleries are important to her development, and some of her diverse influences come from Rowlandson, Cotman, Chagall, Fantin Latour and Ravilious. Jane has worked mainly in watercolour, pen and oils and is presently exploring textiles as a medium. The West Yorkshire landscape, weeds and flowers have provided her subject matter; she has worked to commission including portraiture and botanical painting.

Julie Turner

Julie Painter was born in 1966 in Armley Leeds moving to the Calder Valley near Halifax before her 8th birthday. In 1988 she married Peter Turner. They have two grown up children, and one young grandson. All still live in or near the Calder Valley.

Julie Turner has had no formal art training but has instead developed her passions and explored her love of creating through research and experimenting with various mediums.

Julie has found, though investigating different mediums that she always come back to her love of textiles. From the early childhood naive samplers done in the primary school classroom to the soft toys made in secondary school, to fashion design, pattern cutting and making up clothes in her late teens to knitting and crocheting baby clothes in her early 20s to more recently becoming a member of The Halifax Branch of the Embroiderers Guild and teaching herself to hand process, spin, weave and felt raw sheep fleece.

Textiles and the way they are made excites Julie, twisted fibres produce threads individual threads are interwoven to produce fabric, interlocked fibres produce strong, soft, felted material. Working with fibre to make threads, fabric, yarn and felt stimulates Julies senses, the visual colours, the feel of fibres, the smell of the raw wool, the sound of the sheep in the field.

As skills and passion have developed Julie has established her own fibre arts business. TurnAcre Ryeland Wool Products uses only pedigree British Ryeland and Coloured Ryeland wool to produce a range of mill and hand-spun yarns, home wares and fashion accessories. TurnAcre also delivers talks and workshops to a range of groups including workshops – Learn to spin on a drop spindle, weaving and felting. More information can be found at http://www.turnacre.co.uk

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Edie Jolley

My art seeks to capture a personal narrative relating to the omnipresence of mortality in the everyday world, as well as developing tangential themes around decay, impermanence and the cruelty of natural landscapes. More specifically, having lived for many years in the Pennines, I have been inspired by the surrounding landscape to produce work that responds to the sense of alienation and bleakness it arouses.

From a method perspective, I am currently examining the creative process itself by exploring the development of my work from my initial marks through revision until a point of balance is reached between the visual reading of the work and its abstract qualities. I use a variety of techniques as a starting point – collage, print or the application of fast-drying media such as acrylic on paper. Once I have laid down a base of gestural marks, I work with oils, although I may collage a component into another work or sample a section and rework this into a separate piece. Rather than having a visual end-point in mind, the semi-random nature of the initial marks (whether painted, printed or collaged) guides the later brushwork. The process is deliberately opaque and seemingly without a conscious objective, but through a process of revisiting and reappraisal of each piece, the image eventually emerges.

I have had no academic art training, but since starting as a portfolio student at the Artworks, Halifax in 2010 I have taken courses in drawing, painting, printing and life drawing. I have been a studio holder there since 2015. I have exhibited in various local open exhibitions (Bradford 2013 and Calderdale 2014, 2015 winning prizes in the latter) as well as at the Artworks community exhibition in 2014. I have exhibited a piece at the Mall Galleries, London as part of the Society of Women Artists show in 2014. More recently, I have exhibited as part of a group show at Dean Clough, Halifax.