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Transcript of Michael Brennand-Wood
After leaving Manchester, his vision was to 'release the stitch from the background and separate it from the historical'. His career has climbed to new heights and he is now regarded as 'one of the most innovative and inspiring artists working in textiles'. some of his works...... 'Tunes of Glory' 'White Lace-Flag Day' 'Burst' 'Sweet Jain' How he works "Since 2001 I have worked extensively with a multi head, computerized sewing machine. Process is reflective of content and this machine allows an idea to be constantly revised at all stages of its evolution. Imagery is drawn on paper, scanned, digitized and machined out on cloth, during which, programs can be overridden and adapted. In many ways its no less flexible than any other hand made process. The machine exerts it’s own form of creative intervention, particularly in relation to the choice of applique, programming and thread. During the last eight years I have endeavored to view the process of machining as a continuous series of open-ended experimentation. The purity of machine embroidery was always going to be an issue."
"I knew from the beginning that I didn’t want to create exclusively on cloth; I wanted to construct a personal ground, one that would allow me to integrate the machined units creatively with other 3 dimensional materials. In terms of construction, the reliefs explore the illusionary space between two and three dimensions, combining machine embroidery, fabric, acrylic paint, metal, glass, thread and collage." 'cartwheel' artwork graphic:
photograph of Michael; edited:
'about him' text; adapted from interview:
'concentric rings' artwork graphic:
photographs of artist's work:
'how he works' text:
remainder of Prezi © Andreas Richardson 2012 Credits I like the way this piece really fits the title very well. 'Tunes of Glory' suggests a victory song after a battle or similar event and I like the way the soldiers are standing in 'ranks' around the centre of the piece. The pipes in the middle look like organ pipes or tubes from bass instruments, which have a very military look; the objects on the ends of the wires are like a burst of fireworks made up of different symbols including flowers which might symbolise peace. The chess bishop also highlights the tactical part of war This piece is interesting in the way that the title suggests an innocent artwork, possibly even a surrender after a war (the white truce flag); yet when you look at it closer, many of the flowers which look pretty normal from afar, are made up of skulls, maybe hinting at a war that was being surrendered.
In a different context, it could be a festival or celebration and the string links are the people getting together and doing something fun. The multi coloured patches bring to mind the myriad colours of a carnival or funfair for instance. This piece, although it has a rather crazy and quite cool look, seems to have a few dark undertones. The way the piece look sas though it has been dipped in chocolate is visually appealing to me! There are what appear to be soldiers and even a horse engulfed in this mess which could metaphorically be defeat and pain or just mud and dirt thrown up by a bomb or shell. The title suggests an explosion of some sort and the little, irregular, spiked balls 'flying' away from the scene further add to this impression. The title of this work quite interesting in itself. Jain means an adherent of Jainism. (this probably has nothing to do with it anyway). I like the way this piece is really vibrant and bright, using as many colours as possible. The little swatches almost around the edge look really striking next to each other and the asymmetry of the work gives it a quirky feel.
It's hard to explain but I just like this piece!