From the Bird series
From the Found series
From the House series.
From the Phases series
Pieced: assembled fragments
8 Nov - 21 Dec 17
Bridget Jones is an artist working in architectural glass and print. For this exhibition she has made a series of intense one-off pieces, created from printed textile and paper fragments. These pieces have been assembled slowly and exactingly, using stitch and collage. Working this way, through a series of unique but related pieces, is exciting, intuitive and daunting, but can result in unexpected compositions.
Each series starts with visual research. Ideas are developed from drawings, some new and some buried unexplored in sketchbooks. Print techniques include screenprint and woodblock – traditional hand cut and lasercut. Experimentation is key.
The imagery is drawn from objects collected on beach combing trips, old Northumbrian barns, Amish quilts and Kinsugi - the Japanese technique of mending ceramics with gold.
Years of designing and making stained glass has informed this way of discovering images. Limited edition prints might evolve from these “drawings”.
Bridget Jones' designs weave together image, pattern, and colour, and often evolve from prints.
Born in Glasgow, she studied Zoology at Edinburgh University, and Leicester University, and worked as a zoologist in university teaching and museum education. A part time degree at Sunderland gave her the opportunity to return to making and creativity, and after graduating in 1988, set up a workshop in Newcastle.
She has worked on major commissions including the City Chambers, Edinburgh; Ripon Cathedral; and Arup, Central Square, Newcastle.
She has worked collaboratively with writers and other artists and as a lead artist. As well as artworks in glass she has also designed for stone, metal and textiles. Her practice includes printmaking on paper, and these have become integral to commissions.
Bridget is based in Newcastle upon Tyne.
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