What Do I Need to Do to Make it OK?
A new series of works for public exhibition, What Do I Need to Do to Make it OK? is an investigation into damage and repair, disease and medicine, and the healing and restoration of landscapes, bodies, minds and objects through stitch and other media. The exhibition’s five artists have varied approaches to the theme: Freddie Robins uses precision machine-knitting, combining hand-crafted and found objects to examine preoccupations with crime, illness and fear.
The exhibition is curated by Liz Cooper, and opened at the Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London, 26 August where it ran to 1 November 2015. It included a study day for a group of RCA Textiles students (MA/Research). The exhibition tours the UK until January 2018 and will appear at the following locations: Crafts Study Centre (UCA Farnham), Devon Guild of Craftsmen, R-Space (Lisburn, Northern Ireland), Forty Hall (Enfield, London), The National Centre for Art & Design (Sleaford, Lincolnshire) and Rugby Art Gallery & Museum.
An accompanying conference was held at the Crafts Study Centre (UCA Farnham) 2 March 2016, where Robins presented the keynote.
Other exhibitors are Dorothy Caldwell (Canada), Saidhbhin Gibson (Ireland), Karina Thompson and Celia Pym. Celia Pym is a graduate from MA(RCA) Textiles (2008), and is a regular Visiting Lecturer on the Textiles programme.