Manchester Metropolitan University   2008/2009

Julie Cassels

The AA2A scheme has provided the opportunity and facilities for me to research how the rendering of fabric, in all its forms is achieved. That is, the inter-relationship between sculpture and clothing, the study, practice and execution of a sculptural rendition along with consideration of its affects. The chance to focus on this along with the three dimensional aspect of my own practice has been invaluable.

The possibility to carry out this research has enabled me to reflect on areas of my artistic practice and to produce a body of work in response to my findings. It has taken the form of amalgamating sculptural form with photography and textile, producing digital recreations of objects. That is, using the photographic image as my material, I create a sculptural object. Seeing a photographic image on fabric always feels intensely liberating as it has become fluid and flexible with endless possibilities. It would be difficult to produce this work without the facilities at MMU, so I am extremely grateful for this opportunity.

The material grant enabled me to produce the work accepted for the ‘Travelling Light’ Exhibition and also to work on the digital restoration and reconstruction of an item from the Platt Hall Gallery of Costume collection.

I have really enjoyed my experience on the AA2A scheme including my time at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds and Platt Hall, Gallery of Costume, Manchester. The staff and technicians have always been supportive and helpful.

Julie's AA2A story was selected for our digital publication 'Time and Space - Celebrating 10 years of AA2A schemes'. Click to open Time and Space

Photographer: Julie Cassels

'Sculpting In Space Series-Fog Black Coat'
digital image 51 cm x 78 cm

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Exhibitions :
Julie is exhibiting in 'Travelling Light' a collaborative project between Pharos Gallery and WW Gallery. The show will open in London between 15th - 28th May 2009 and then travel to Venice to coincide with the Venice Biennial from 6th - 11th June 2009.