The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place, Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AT


Thursday 24 April 2014 – Saturday 07 June 2014
Event Times: Preview: Wednesday 23 April, 17:00 - 19:30. Film Screening: Preview: Wednesday 7 May, 17:30 - 18:30. Designer Talk: Wednesday 30 April, 17:30 - 18:30. Talk and book signing: Wednesday 14 May, 17:30 - 18:30.
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 - 17:00, Saturday 10:00 - 14:00

Preview: Wednesday 23 April, 17:00 - 19:30
Plymouth College of Art are proud to invite you to the opening of this new exhibition by BOUDICCA. Come and meet the artists and designers behind this house of fashion, Zowie Broach and Brian Kirkby, see the exhibition and enjoy a drink. The reception has been generously supported by Plymouth Gin.

Film Screening: Wednesday 7 May, 17:30 - 18:30
BOUDICCA present their collection of short films, clips and moments from cinema and video that have inspired, propelled, encouraged and spurred on the artists/designers. Watch the small movement of Yoko Ono's body that utters vulnerability and Donald Sutherland dancing with his marionette, in Fellini's Casanova, as well as many other visual snapshots.

Designer Talk: Wednesday 30 April, 17:30 - 18:30
British-born Denim designer and enthusiast Mohsin Sajid will be talking about the history of denim, his company ENDRIME and design practice. A strong believer in ergonomic tailoring and modern, clean construction, ENRIME seek to create a perfect balance between clean, yet complex designs. Mohsin has previously designed for companies including Levi's and Evisu as well as acting as a consultant for many other brands including Pringle, Puma, DKNY and Timberland. Come and rummage through lots of samples and get excited about this fantastic and versatile fabric.

Talk and book signing: Wednesday 14 May, 17:30 - 18:30
Professor Jane Harris(Director of Design Research at Kingston University) will discuss her practice and her recent publication Digital Visions for Fashion+Textiles: Made In Code*, (with Sarah E. Braddock Clarke for Thames and Hudson). Harris has pioneered a practice in digital imaging design and creative computing disciplines, informed by a former textile and material practice, which received the prestigious Arts Foundation Award. Working with 3D CGI animation and real time tools, encompassing issues of craft and aesthetic, her imaging work is a hybrid of artifact and experience, broadly impacting museum, e-commerce, CGI film /game narratives and design realms. Her writing navigates digital design of image and object, craft and material in digital contexts, CAD CAM and computer graphic imaging disciplines and culture. *Jane will be signing copies of the book at this event that will be available at a discounted price.

The house of BOUDICCA have often challenged the presentation of fashion. Within a museum or gallery context, they pose questions about fashion, in our times that purposefully embrace sculpturality and the visual, that takes the visceral language of fashion away from its commercial gaze.

Asking essential questions about identity and our place in the world, Boudicca believe that a dress (a skin) that can relate to your very self, can be one of the most powerful expressions within your life.

Boudicca’s approach, is one fuelled by the obsessive nature of artists and designers Zowie Broach and Brian Kirkby, who have a conviction led by the unpredictable and all consuming process of making. They do not shun the frivolities of the fashion world, but are instead more invested in the language of their own diverse practice.

Taking a personal biographical approach to their work, the idea of mass production and a making process driven by economics, does not sit well with their ethos. They find assumed restrictions of working within just the discipline of fashion claustrophobic, and instead are governed by imagination, seeking to ask questions of other specialist areas so to question and inform their own. Their work ranges from animation, 3D printing, performance, film, sculpture and garments.

Boudicca are based in London and have been established since 1997, initially showing in art galleries until 2001, when they were invited by the British Fashion Council to present during London Fashion Week. In 2007 Boudicca showed its first Haute Couture collection after becoming the first independent British fashion house to be officially invited to become a guest member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.

Plymouth College of Art are proud to be presenting this new exhibition, showcasing alumna Zowie Broach who studied her Art Foundation at the College in the 80’s.

This exhibition is supported through the 2007- 2013 Interreg IVA 2 Seas Programme and is part of The Crysalis project, a collaboration between Plymouth College of Art, The University for the Creative Arts (Rochester), The International Centre of Lace and Fashion (Calais) and TI03 Textiles Open Innovation Centre representing Ronse, Belgium.

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