Over the last few months I have been working on new pieces in the studio for upcoming exhibitions, alongside teaching MA Fine Art students at the University of Hertfordshire and running remote access projects. You can find examples of free video workshops on my YouTube channel Proliferate Arts, and view documentation of past and present participatory project work on Instagram @proliferatearts. For UHArts Festival of Ideas Reimagined, I created a film 'In the studio, where I belong', presenting my studio practice and recent commissions. You can view the film on my main YouTube channel Anna Ray Art.
'Done Up' mix and match wearables by Anna Ray, 2020
'Done Up' is a series of stitched, soft wearables, created from painted and hand block printed cotton fabric. Each element is unique, due to the surface variations of the printing process. These flamboyant pieces can be tied together in different ways, with the potential to contrast colours and patterns, and create a series of overall shapes on the body or on the wall. I have drawn inspiration from the energetic repeats of traditional Polynesian bark cloth and the rich history of surface pattern from cultures across the world, in the creation of these playful works. Humans have an innate desire to decorate themselves, both for pleasure and for show. The name 'Done Up' references the way that the elements are actively tied together with long fabric strands, creating different arrangements for any occasion.
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