There’s an app for that! Kaleidoscopic pictures of Blackwell

 

We’re using a free app, KaleidaCam, to play with pattern and symmetry at Blackwell. You can download the app before visiting Blackwell or sign out an ipad at the front desk to create your own kaleidoscopic patterns. The activity is inspired by Di Mainstone’s Time Mirror, a movable sculpture that captures many-mirrored views of the house and landscape. The Time Mirror will be at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House from 18 May to September 2018 as part of Lakes Ignite 2018.

 

 

The KaleidaCam app has a live camera feature that turns your phone into a kaleidoscope and transforms everyday items into beautiful and complex patterns. Blackwell is full of decorative details that come to life when you look at them through this lens. We hope that visitors will explore Blackwell from floor to ceiling as they hunt for patterns in the stained-glass windows, hand painted tiles, peacock frieze and hand carved woodwork.

This app can also be used in the gardens to create patterns from nature. Blackwell’s architect, Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott brought people closer to nature through organic designs. His tombstone reads ‘Nature I loved, and next to nature art’.

More about the KaleidaCam app:

  • The live camera feature alters what you see on your screen as you are taking a picture. You can also alter images you have already taken.
  • The app has four different kaleidoscopic designs you can choose from.
  • You can touch the screen to zoom in, rotate the angle or increase the lines of symmetry.

 

Download the free app here

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Katie Spragg, Ceramics at Blackwell

The Katie Spragg, Ceramics exhibition has opened at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House and will continue until 10 May 2018. In the video, Spragg introduces the exhibition and discusses how Blackwell has influenced her work.

Katie Spragg, Ceramics Exhibition at Blackwell from Lakeland Arts on Vimeo.

Recognised as one of the country’s finest up-and-coming talents, Royal College of Art graduate, Katie Spragg combines clay with a range of processes including animation, illustration and installation. Her works aim to evoke a sense of wonder about being outside in nature.

The exhibition of ceramics at Blackwell will showcase eight new responses to the Arts and Crafts house and the surrounding landscape, alongside six existing works previously displayed by the Craft Council COLLECT at the Saatchi Gallery, Miami Art Week and the British Ceramic Biennial Award show.

Spragg spent a week at Blackwell in November and was inspired to create new works based on her experience. She said, “In the mornings Blackwell feels very serene. The nooks and corners of the house lend themselves to daydreaming, particularly at this time of day. I became interested in how the landscape is framed through the windows of the house and also how nature is brought inside.”

Alongside this exhibition at Blackwell, two digital works by Spragg will also be on display at Abbot Hall Art Gallery until 28 April 2018.

Spragg’s works are in demand. A recent piece, Hedgerow, was purchased in spring 2017 by the world’s leading museum of art and design, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Whether through sharing a story or conjuring a collective memory, Spragg’s works highlight the forgotten sources of joy and amusement that surround us, and aim to arose curiosity.

A festive experience like no other at the most beautifully crafted house in the Lake District

 

As the festive season is upon us, Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House invites visitors to experience an Arts and Crafts Victorian Christmas. Throughout Autumn, Blackwell has featured an immensely popular and diverse exhibition highlighting the skills of the women artists and designers associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement. With one month left to go of this thought-provoking exhibition, visit this beautifully crafted house for a unique and inspiring festive experience.

Blackwell will be decorated, to complement the beauty and serenity of the house. With a Christmas tree inspired by the famous Peacock Frieze in the Main Hall, Christmas at Blackwell promises to be a festive experience like no other. There are Christmas events happening every day at this enchanting house, including decoration embroidery workshops, Curator led Victorian Christmas talks, choir performances, children’s Christmas trails and so much more. The Blackwell Tea Room also offers delicious, home cooked Christmas lunches.

With Christmas in mind, Blackwell presents a distinctive Contemporary Craft and Gift shop. There are various Christmas inspired gifts available to purchase and one-off, handcrafted items that can only be bought from Blackwell. These gifts include jewellery, textiles, handbags, and homeware.

 

After indulging in the delights of a Blackwell Christmas, the Women of the Arts & Crafts Movement exhibition offers a more tranquil experience, discovering beautiful objects with a remarkable history behind them. The exhibition recognises women artists whose contributions have often been overlooked, or wrongly attributed in favour of a more prominent male family member.

Proving to be a great success and one of Blackwell’s most popular temporary exhibitions, visitors have referred to the exhibition as a, “wonderful exhibition, beautifully curated,” with the pieces themselves described as “timeless and stand for themselves – they will still look as fresh in another 15 years.” One visitor commented, “Powerful exhibition, I feel more empowered to be a female artist and remember women’s struggles for recognition in the arts industry” perfectly summing up the motivation behind displaying this exhibition at Blackwell.

With loans from prominent public collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, National Museum of Scotland and The Hunterian, Glasgow, the exhibition showcases a broad range of disciplines from ceramics, jewellery and embroidery to metalwork, bookbinding and illustration. Artists featured include May Morris,  Mary Watts and Margaret Macdonald, as well as Ann Macbeth, Georgie Gaskin, Phoebe Anna Traquair, Jessie Marion King, and many others.