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Ann Goddard wins the inaugural Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award

By Mark Hayhurst 06 Aug 2019

Artist and maker Ann Goddard has won the inaugural The Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award for her work, On the Brink.

The Cheshire-based artist’s work explores the crossover between sculpture and textiles. Her winning entry is a 3D wall-hanging made from bark cloth, sticks, entomology pins and wire, and was informed by the effects of human activity on nature.

She said: “The piece aims to raise awareness that not just mammals and birds are endangered. Recent research reveals a massive decline in insect populations, with 40 per cent of insect species worldwide in danger of extinction within the next few decades. Although small, insects are vital to the health of the planet. Pollinators such as butterflies and moths are amongst those most affected.

“Using materials and processes as metaphors, the chrysalises that feature in the piece have been formed from Ugandan bark cloth, the production of which is also endangered due to deforestation.”

Ann Goddard was presented with her award and a £5,000 prize at The Festival of Quilts Awards Ceremony on August 1. On the Brinkwill be on display at The Knitting & Stitching Shows in London and Harrogate this autumn.

The judging panel of acclaimed members of the textile art and education community said: “The winning piece showed a unique and interesting use of textile material. It had a strong narrative expressed through the composition and making of this piece.”

The Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award is a new international juried competition which celebrates the creative talents and skills of amateur and practising artists working with textiles. It represents a significant move to broaden the scope of its predecessor, The Vlieseline Fine Art Quilt Master competition. 150 artists entered work for the new award, with 27 shortlisted for the final prize.

The judges commented: “We are pleased that broadening the criteria from quilt only has shown a more diverse use of textile which we hope will grow year on year.”

Runner-up for the Most innovative use of textiles was Marilyn Rathbone for her work, Self-Avoiding Walk, which she describes as “a playful response to the conundrum, ‘how to make an artwork without making decisions about composition, colour and line?”

Applications for The Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award 2020 will open in March 2020. Shortlisted entries will be displayed at The Festival of Quilts and The Knitting & Stitching Shows in 2020.

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