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Get Making in MK50 Roadshow

Saturday, December 2, 2017 @ 10:30 am - Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 3:00 pm


by Brian Tomlinson for MK50 Makers Roadshow

The Three Hares Gallery is the final stop on the Get Making in MK50 Roadshow. This is a travelling exhibition which celebrates the skills of twenty-five local maker-artists working in wood, metal, ceramics, glass, mosaic and textiles and includes photographs by Brian Tomlinson. Learn about the makers’ techniques and view special pieces of their work inspired by the new city of Milton Keynes in its 50th year.

Below we described some of the works on show and the artists involved:

Julienne Hanson has been working on a natural dyes project all year and Olney is the first venue that has included all of her completed weavings. Her work is entitled: ‘The Colours of Milton Keynes: Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Litha, Lammas, Mabon, Samhain, Yule’. It includes eight woollen weavings comprising a year-long investigation into natural dyeing using the roots, shoots, leaves, bark, flowers, fruits or nuts of locally-sourced plant materials. The panels of cloth chart in an immediate and visual way the changing seasons in Loughton, Milton Keynes, and the various colour palettes that can be found by harvesting local dye yielding plants.

Sally Hutson‘s ‘Lost and Found in MK’ uses canvas, printed cotton fabric, garden twine & found object.   Her work is hanging on the Museum stairs and incorporates 50 squares of machine-stitched fabric which represent patches of land and homes that make up Milton Keynes. Lost and found objects all have a meaningful connection to the identity of people who live in this newly created city.

Juan Victor Cobos‘s ‘Cathedrals’ uses glazed stoneware and he has made a set of three nested bowls inspired by the dome of the Church of Christ the Cornerstone in MK Centre with tree shapes carved inside with water etching to represent the Cathedral of Trees in Newlands. The shades of green and orange represent spring, summer and autumn in the city.

Elaine Mckenzie‘s ‘I CAN I AM’ uses recycled fillings from dismantled IKEA cushions and fabric coloured with Dylon dyes. Her two dolls express the cultural diversity of Milton Keynes, where the food, dress, languages and creativity of many different cultures mingle and cross-fertilise ideas and outlooks. She has designed a bespoke patterned fabric in which to dress the dolls – the design is presented as a framed picture.

Get Making in MK50 Roadshow


Saturday, December 2, 2017 @ 10:30 am
Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
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