Leicester-based textile artist, Ruth Singer as been awarded a prestigious prize at a recent contemporary craft exhibition.
The inaugural Contemporary Craft Open Exhibition at Unit Twelve, Staffordshire was selected by industry experts from Craftspace and Madebyhandonline.com and includes some of the best contemporary craft being made today.
Ruth had two pieces selected for the show from her collection Monumental Folly; a new body of work combining personal experience, emotions and the heritage of extraordinary buildings. The pieces shown are a wall panel created using dyed and manipulated fabric from garments along with personally-significant found objects, combined with hand stitch. The companion piece, an over-sized pincushion, uses digital print and manipulation, along with hand- constructed elements referencing natural history specimens pinned to the base.
Ruth said: “The work I presented for Unit Twelve marks a change in my style – using personal issues and narrative alongside new techniques such as photography and mixed- media. I was absolutely delighted to get a award from Craftspace as I have so much respect for their expertise in contemporary craft. It is a real boost to me creatively and gives me the much-needed validation that my work is up there with the best. I will be spending the £100 prize money on exciting materials to use in my future work.”
Jennifer Collier, artist and Director of Unit Twelve Gallery said: "I am so pleased that this award has gone to Ruth Singer, as she is a maker I have worked with and admired for many years, and it has been a pleasure to watch this body of work grow from an idea to fruition."
Emma Daker, Exhibitions and Projects Development Manager for Craftspace said: “We were really pleased to be asked to select for the open Contemporary Craft Fair at Jennifer Collier's gorgeous Unit Twelve Gallery in Staffordshire. We awarded our Craftspace prize to Ruth Singer. We felt her works, 'Monumental Folly' highlight a new direction for Ruth into more narrative textiles, which we think is very exciting.”