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About Ali Rabjohns : Felt Good Felt Fine

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery
Francis Bacon

Artist Statement and CV - Ali Rabjohns

Artist’s Statement by Ali Rabjohns.

The materials I use are mainly textiles based; I particularly love using nuno felt. The name is derived from the Japanese word ‘nuno’ meaning cloth. The technique bonds loose wool fibres into an open fabric such as silk gauze, creating a lightweight felt. What I enjoy most is creating special places outside with textiles and natural materials, places that connect to the elements and honour our cultural heritage. I enjoy listening to the rhythms of the natural world and using art to take ourselves inwards or help us to connect to all that is, to the stars and to the seeds of the universe that live within us and that we live within.

My aim is to express my experience of ‘Walking between the Worlds’ like a shaman. Through my experience of shamanism and previous travels to Peru, I enjoy using my shamanic skills and my drum to help me to journey to the roots of those painful and joyous moments I’ve experienced in my sacred gift called life. Then, when these roots have been uncovered, they can start to emerge in my art work .I gain clarity and nourishment from what some people call ‘The invisible realms’ and I enjoy watching these worlds of the unconscious and conscious arrive in my artwork. It takes a certain level of trust and courage to do this but that’s the wonderful thing about felt or painting, I’m never quite sure how it’s going to turn out.

A very important part of my practice or ethos is the theme of sustainability. I prefer using natural materials and dyes, wherever possible – walking softly on the earth and leaving the smallest footprint I can for our children’s children.

Ali has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions internationally and locally, including The Moon Rain Centre, Canada, Brighton and London, UK. She runs creative felting workshops and currently works as a crafts tutor for adults with special needs in a Steiner Community College.

See her healing website www.lucidhealing.co.uk for more details of her healing practice.

Exhibitions
2017

Wearable Expressions Wearable Expressions International Juried Exhibition of Wearable Art 2017

Ali Rabjohns has been invited to exhibit her ‘Between The Worlds’ Nuno Felted Coat, which was made using silk georgette as a base, with Merino, Wensleydale and mixed Angelina fibres carded together and nuno felted to give textural effects. Fellow artist Sandra Ventris also helped with the construction design and tailoring of the coat.

February 10 - April 16, 2017 - Fiber - Jewelry - Accessories
Off the Wall & On the Runway - April 22, 2017

Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 West Crestridge Road,Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

Pure Arts Group Autumn Art Fair
PowderMills Hotel, Battle TN33 0SP
22 Oct – 30 Oct 2016
Open Daily 11am – 6pm

The PowderMills is a stunning privately owned 18th Century listed Country House nestling in 150 acres of beautiful parklands, woods and large lakes, situated just outside the historic town of Battle, adjoining the famous Battlefield of 1066.

For this Battle 1066 950th Anniversary Edition PURE will be placing a key focus on the “historic, natural and the made by hand” with a range of talks, events and special exhibits.

Powder Mills Hotels
Battle Festival

Sussex Prairies from 1 June to October, outside installations and an exhibition inside the studio of textiles inspired by the gardens and surrounding landscape. Ali will exhibit as part of the Elemental group. Elemental are a group of women artists who work predominantly in textiles, with one exception - a botanical illustrator called Vicky Mappin. workshops.

2013
The International Triennial of Textile Arts in the Outaouais
From August 31 to September 29, 2013.
IN SITU INSTALLATIONS
Integrating textile arts into the natural environment.
An outdoor laboratory that brought together 24 artists in the creation of textile art installations along a 1.5 km walking trail at Moon Rain Centre. Ali collaborated with Owen Tuf and taught two workshops, please see www.moonrain.ca/workshops.html. for more details.
2012‘The Dream Chamber’, outdoor installation as part of exhibition trail, textile art and natural sculpture at The Wild Star Gathering, Brighton
Exterior Installation at Morlands Farm. see http://www.sussexprairies.co.uk/
Evolution Arts Brighton, Artist’s Open Houses, http://www.evolutionarts.org.uk/felt
2011‘Pachamamma’, Foundry Gallery, Lewes.
Fashion show for Alpaca in Henley (see http://www.britishalpacafashion.co.uk).
Artists Open House at Gloobah House, Brighton and Ramster Textiles exhibition, Chiddingfold, Surrey.
2010 ‘ When Thirteen Moons Entwined’ , exhibition and outdoor arts trail . Ali co-created an installation with Krystyna Sadej in this International Textiles event, held in Canada at the Moonrain Centre in Poltimore (see www.moonrain.ca) and taught nuno felting.

1994-2005Display of “Babyscans” at Kings college Hospital in Obstetric Ultrasound Dept
Drawings at Chichester Hospital, West Sussex
Postgraduate Show at the Slade School of Fine Art
Series of Banners for a Ravel Opera at the Slade
Group Exhibitions
Summer Exhibition at Arts For All, London
Joint Exhibition at the Truman Brewery, Brick Lane
Group show of Paintings at the Slade

1994-1998 Set designer and art director for Theatre, Film and Television.

RELEVANT TRAINING

2014/18Transpersonal Arts in Therapy (Level 7) at Tobias Scool of Art and Therapy.

2010 /12 PGCE teacher training in the Post Compulsory Sector.
2003 Certificate in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts
The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education. Islington, London
Postgraduate in Theatre design at The Slade School of Fine Art
B Tech Higher National Diploma in Theatre Design at Northbrook college. (Distinction)

EDUCATIONAL ARTS PROJECTS

September 2012 - ongoing College Tutor at The Mount Camphill Community, a Steiner inspired College for adults with special needs .

March 2010 - 2012 Ongoing feltmaking classes at the Friends Centre Brighton and Evolution Arts.
•July/ Aug 2012 ‘The Wild Star Gathering’ is a funded educational arts project and will be a summer celebration event for 2012, strengthening people’s connection to the earth and dreaming a sustainable future for our children’s children. This is an outdoor exhibition trail of textile art and natural sculpture including local artists who work specifically with the land and in natural materials to create 5/6 installations around Stanmer Park. Six local artists or art groups will be invited to lead workshops with the local community in order to create and build these installations.
•March 2011 Talk on textiles trip to Peru and Weekend Nuno felting workshop for Oxford Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers.
•Aug 2010 ‘When Thirteen Moons Entwined’ Nuno felting for adults and felt monster making workshop for children.



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