Colour in an Ancient Landscape
A collaborative exhibition in stained glass, textiles and other media, exploring the colours, textures and life of the moorland landscape - with Jo-Ann Eisenberg and Carol Sorhaindo.
Jo-Ann Eisenberg is an artist working mainly with glass. She is currently artist-in-residence at Little London Primary School in Leeds, where she also teaches art.
From an early age, Jo-Ann has been fascinated with colour and light, and the way they combine to change the quality of light in a given space.
Stained glass is a process that begins with an idea, which then becomes a painting
that is taken through many stages to become a stained glass panel. Jo-Ann’s inspiration comes from many places, with nature, science, travel and ancient geometry all coming together to create the initial artwork.
Jo-Ann has created many commissions over a 30-year career, including for Leeds University, St Peter’s Church, Stainforth, Hyde Bus Station, and hundreds of others.
Carol Sorhaindo was born in Yorkshire, and lives in Leeds, but spent her formative childhood years on the island of Dominica in the Caribbean.
Carol’s work responds to our connection to nature and its hidden narratives. She is a recent MA graduate from Leeds College of Art, where her research focused on the symbiosis of nature and ruins, using natural plant dyes and earth pigments, fine line botanical drawings and print processes on textiles.
In 2015, she won a Textile Society bursary award, and has also recently completed two projects in response to the Capability Brown-designed Yorkshire landscapes of Wentworth Castle and Whitley Beaumont.
Carol believes in the therapeutic benefits of creative exploration, and offers workshops and classes in botanical drawing, painting, sculpture, and natural dye and print processes on textiles.
The earthy hues produced by natural plant dyes are an ideal medium for creative exploration as they root the work in nature, allowing me to convey key themes and concepts.
Yorkshire’s stunning landscapes reveal a rich and diverse natural history, often with suppressed narratives. For example, some plants can be used as dyes or have healing properties, while many sites reveal themes of cultural entanglement and challenging histories in need of healing and balancing.
For more information about Carol and her work see www.carolsorhaindoartist.com
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