About

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ViewSeven is a group of artists: Claire Benn, Karen Farmer, Claudia Helmer, Claire Higgott, Daline Kiff Stott, Susie Koren and Leslie Morgan who are dedicated to the making of art textiles.  

Using a variety of media, tools and processes, they create abstract pieces that reflect individual preferences.  Some love colour and make dynamic, energetic, uplifting work whilst others use a more subdued palette to make quiet, contemplative, reductive pieces.

The range of media used by the group includes earth pigments, natural dyes, fibre reactive dyes, paints, colour-removing agents and resists.  Processes include immersion and Shibori dyeing, Batik (wax resist), screen and thermofax printing, mono-printing, painting, scraping and mark-making with traditional and found objects.  Hand and machine stitch plays an important part whether it’s the main event, to add accents or serve the functional role of holding layers of cloth together.

Whilst the work being made is textile based, this simply means that the starting point is a piece of cloth and in that respect, the work is no different to that of a painter whose starting point is canvas – a piece of cloth.  Art textiles are also great for interiors as their softness absorbs sound and provides a gentler feel to the harder, reflective qualities of framed work.  Ultimately, ViewSeven’s shared aim is to create great art for contemporary living – art people can live with and enjoy.

 

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As individuals, we’ve exhibited at major international shows, including;

  • Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition (U.K. 2016)
  • 'Lines, Rows, Rhythm & Repetition' (U.K. 2016)
  • 'Material Pulses: Eight Viewpoints' (Riffe Gallery, USA 2016 and touring until 2023)
  • The London Art Group Open (U.K. 2015)
  • Fine Art Quilt Masters (New Designers, London, June 2014 and Festival of Quilts, Birmingham 2015, 2014, 2013)
  • European Art Quilts VIII (The Netherlands, Grande Finale 2017, touring 2014/16, 2012/13, 2010/11, 0226/07, 2004/05)
  • ‘Inside Passage’ (Germany, 2013)
  • European Quilt Triennial (touring 2012 – 2013)
  • ‘Konzepte in Stoff’ (Germany, 2013)
  • New Ashdown Gallery, (U.K., 2011, 2012)
  • AcCent-Art Quilts of the U.K. (U.S.A. 2012)
  • Bletchley Park (U.K., 2012)
  • 'Place, Sight, Sound' (U.K. 2011)
  • Butternut Gallery (U.S.A, 2013, 2012, 2011)
  • ArtCloth: Engaging New Visions (Australia 2010)
  • EXNA Neuchatel (Switzerland 2010)
  • ‘Mitglieder stellen aus’ (Germany, 2009)
  • The Community Foundation (USA, 2008)
  • Florence Biennale (Italy, 2007)
  • Festival of Cloth (U.S.A. 2007)
  •  ‘Unfurled’ (U.S.A. 2007)
  • ‘Never Static’ (U.S,A. 2006)
  • ‘Ten Years On’ (U.K. 2006)
  • ‘Creative Link’ (U.K. 2005)
  • ‘Seams of Gold’ (U.K. 2005)
  • Nagoya Quilt Show (Japan 2005)
  • ‘Committed to Cloth’, The Knitting & Stitching Shows (U.K. 2004 & 2008)
  • Complex Cloth (U.K. 2004)
  • Quilt 2003, 2004, 2005 (U.K.)
  • World Quilt & Textile Tour (U.S.A, touring 2001, 2004)
  • New International Quilts (U.K. 2004)
  • Fabric of Art (U.K. 2004)
  • ‘Layers’ (U.K. 2003)
  • Invitation Mixed Media (U.K. 1999)
  • European Quilt Art (Europe, 1998)
  • Society of Designer Craftsmen (U.K. 1996)
  • Charles Foyle Trust Award, Forge Needle Museum (U.K. 1996)
  • Walton Art Barn (U.K. 1996)