This exhibition is pure unadulterated fun! As the title suggests, it includes metal, a touch of madness and just a tiny hint of kinky. Add to that the odd licorice allsort and you’ll find yourself smiling all the way around it.
Textile artist Trish Sidway was determined to follow her own sense of fun while creating the work for this exhibition. I caught up with her just before the opening. She told me that at the heart of the work for Metal Madams and Mad Moments is,
“…the juxtaposition between something raw and waste and making it into something soft and feminine…There’s a challenge in using a hard material like metal as a textile.”
Sculptures of fantastical shoes, using recycled metal and lots of imagination sit on recycled chair legs painted in the brightest of bright colours. There’s paper, fabric and handsewing all used in unique and interesting ways… suggesting clothing and adornment while clearly not being able to be worn.
Aria award winner, Kavisha Mazzella officially opened the exhibition and performed with the Nuovo String Quartet on the night.
Metal Madams and Mad Moments is at Manningham Gallery up until 12th May.
Manningham Council Municipal Offices
699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster, 3108
Mel Ref. 33 F12
Trish herself is great fun…from the top of her head to the tip of her toes. Sensing a women who loves to dress up, I asked her if she has a wardrobe full of shoes? With a wicked grin, she answered “No, but I’m working on it!” Ahhh a woman after my own heart… I can’t wait to see what she does next!
All work in this post is Trish Sidway©.