One of the things that we think makes unravel so special are the works by artists that are exhibited in the building as part of the show. Each year our Craft Team loves finding new textile artists or artists whose work is inspired by textiles, knitting and making and we are excited to introduce you to two artists this year as part of our virtual unravel.
The Artist Q&As are live via Zoom and recorded where possible for viewing on-demand over the rest of the virtual unravel event.
Please note the time zone for all Artist Q&As is British Summer Time (BST).
Saturday, 22 May - Artist Q&A with Carol Milne (4:30pm - 5:30pm)
Carol spent her first 18 years at 18 different addresses. The one constant was her obsession with handicraft and textile based work in all its forms - but especially knitting. She became a self-taught master knitter.
Not seeing art or craft as a viable career choice, Carol received a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph, Canada. In her senior year she realised she was more interested in sculpture than landscape and has been working as a sculptor ever since.
Carol began working with glass in Seattle in 2000. In 2006, she combined her passion for knitting with her love for cast glass sculpture and became the lone pioneer in the field of knitted glass, creating work in glass that looks like fibre.
Check out the videos below of Carol's amazing artwork and bring your questions to this live Q&A session as Carol joins us virtually all the way from Seattle!
Sunday, 23 May - Artist Q&A with Rachel Goodison (10:30am - 11:30am)
For those of you lucky enough to join us in-person at unravel, Rachel's "knitted tentacles" will be on display in the entry to the building!
Rachel Goodison uses painting, printing, and sculpting with textiles, to explore contrasting ideas such as play and disquiet, control and lack of control, and the strength and vulnerability of the human body and mind. She changed career to become an artist in 2015, having trained as a barrister, and worked for a campaign group called London First. Rachel was awared her MA at City & Guilds of London Art School in 2019 with Distinction, followed by an Artist Fellowship at the school which continues until 2022. Her work has appeared in various group exhibitions. Rachel lives and works in London.