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Tag: textile art

Is there a line between art and craft?

 'If you drop a stitch, or forget the code, it all unravels – and so does your mind'

 

Artist Nicky Schonkala has had a big month: she was responsible with Ralf Haertel for the much admired knit graffiti on the Alice Springs Courthouse; she collaborated with Dave Nixon on an exciting video work, Dimension Elevator Mk2, shown as part of the Watch This Space exhibition, Shift, and now Common Threads has opened, again at Watch This Space. It's not quite a solo show as she has chosen to collaborate with artists working in other disciplines to extend its scope but it is her textile art that is very much centre stage, purposefully treading (or blurring) a line between art and craft, asking the question of herself and viewers, what is art and what is craft? Is there a difference and how do you decide? Fellow artist PIP McMANUS addressed these questions when she opened the show last night.

Pictured: Dancer/choreographer Miriam Nicholls responding to the work at the opening last night. Photo courtesy DAVE NIXON.

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