The legacy of Peter Dent ctd…

I received a letter from my great-aunt yesterday which enlightened me in regards to Peter’s character, family life, and later works.

“Born on August 16th he was a Leo – so could be quite fiery in character: self opinionated certainly, but also extremely kind and compassionate…”

Peter went on to work with Mural artist Walter Kershaw in Manchester. Completing various projects including; “Inside-out house” in Rochdale commissioned by BBC 2 in 1975, The Manchester United Murals 1986 – 1988, and the Avro and Bae aircraft murals at Woodford Aerodrome in Cheshire 1983. “He really was brilliant at anything and everything he did, which does not always lead to a happy and successful life…”

From this information I am now searching, and writing to many affiliations of Peter to gather more information, on him and his works including, family friends and colleagues.

The further I delve the more excited I become about the journey that I am beginning.

 

Charity of the month!

Each month I will write about a Charity that I feel is deserving of praise and is perhaps in need of some promotion. The charity I have chosen for January is the Fashion and Textiles Children’s trust (FTCT), a unique organisation which is able to provide financial grants for the  children of those working in the in the UK fashion and textile industry.

FTCT has a long history of providing welfare to the children of the fashion and textile industries, founded in 1853, with the aim to “clothe, maintain and educate the children of warehouseman, clerks and agents of the textile industry,” FTCT has provided thousands of families across the UK working in the industry with grants for the small items that can really make a difference to those they help. In these tough economic times, with high street giants such as Peacocks and many more struggling to survive, there has never been a greater need for a charity like FTCT. 

The grants given have supported a young mum after the death of her husband by helping out with essential expenses. Many children with special needs have been helped with the cost of specialist tutors. The trust can also help to allow you to live a more comfortable life, either by providing a new bed for a disabled child or helping with the everyday costs of nurturing and supporting a child with special needs.

This great little charity deserves to be noticed. With more than 800,000 people working in the industry today, the charities small team of just 4 permanent staff are working hard to make sure everyone in the industry knows about the help they can give. Backed by a board of trustees consisting of senior figures from fashion retails, FTCT is endorsed by industry organisations and trade press including the British Fashion Council and UKFT. 

If you know of anyone working in the fashion or textile industries please spread the word. This charity is here for all of them, their children and to help with the little that we all need everyday. It’s easy, just click the links below and follow the trusts facebook page, blog and twitter account.

The legacy of Peter Dent

From a very early age I heard of an artist that went by name of Peter Dent. This artist has been an illusive character in my life, filling my imagination with various works I have created in his name. Peter was a member of my family – a cousin on my mother’s side, his name work and debut exhibition and the Whitechapel gallery have been with me from the moment I became interested in visual arts.

Peter Dent, Ulsterman - Courtesy Whitechapel Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery Archive.

I remember my mother, who attended  his inaugural exhibition – Electric Chicken and other live sculptures – describe to me some of the works on display. The most prominent piece in this early memory, being constructed of rubber gloves which inflated at random. This in my young mind seemed extraordinary. Imagining a world of gloves moving inimitably and continuously. In fact the completed work entitled Ulsterman consisted of a washing board, an image of a chest with medals and three gloves that inflated in a arbitrary way.

A few years ago my mother began delving into our family’s past. Searching through birth, marriage and death certificates to build a picture of where our family comes from – prior to this we had no knowledge reaching farther than my great-grandparents.  This then inspired me to discover more about the illusive and artistic character in our family. As the only living member of my family (known to me)  interested in the practice of art I have always felt a close affiliation to the character of Peter Dent – a man about whom I know so little.

In December of last year I took my first steps into an archive, and on the search to discover more about Peter. This was and will always be a most enlightening and exciting search to have been on. Upon entering the archive, I was greeted with a box filled with images of ; Peter, his work, correspondence and reviews (non of which I ever thought I would come across).

I have always known that Peter was the son of one of my great grandmother’s sisters, with parents who felt ( as I am sure many others did at the time) that there was no career opportunities in the art world, and so he was discouraged to follow his dreams. Peter took accountancy as his career and continued to practice art as a hobby in his attic studio. His works being displayed in pride of place in his parents and other homes of family members. Eventually  Peter took up a foundation diploma in art & design, it was not long after this that Peter found his way to Whitechapel.

This is sadly where my knowledge comes to an end. I am searching for more and looking forward to sharing all my finds with you all.

Visually brilliant – and just a little amusing

Old news perhaps but I just love this over sized 30mph sign. Situated on a frustrated villagers home in Devon and making the news in the later months of 2011. This image and story has influenced and excited me. Firstly I find this very aesthetically pleasing. Secondly you just have to love that Tim Blackhouse (the villager) had reached breaking point and felt the need to highlight the speed limit.

The mesmerizingly beautiful work of Alice Kettle

Alice Kettle , is a contemporary textile/ fibre artist based in the UK. For many years I have found the textural brilliance of Kettles work enthralling.  Believing as I do, that the medium of textile and the crafts within which it is surrounded  is a Fine Art form. I would say that Kettle has to be one of my favourite artists. Her work is just mesmerizingly beautiful and thought provoking.

A kind of manifesto…

I am an Artist working within the medium of embroidery and textile crafts. After the completion of my degree in Fine Art at BIAD I went on to work for an amazing little community arts and crafts centre based in Bethnal Green. Through this I recaptured my passion for textile crafts and became more determined to show the crafts can become and be used within the discipline of Fine Art. This blog will take you through the development of my practice, sharing my thoughts on the art world, current affairs and artists that I have developed an interest in.