EXHIBITION OF 2400 HAND-MADE ENAMEL BADGES AT UWE

Issue date: 21 November 2003


ISSUE DATE: 21/11/03

‘Badges’
Foyer Gallery – Bower Ashton Campus, Kennel Lodge Road
University of the West of England 29 November to 4 December 2003

An exhibition of enamel badges designed by the ten members of the etc (enamel, textile and ceramic) applied arts research group at the University of the West of England and invited makers from the art world will be on display in the Foyer Gallery at the Bower Ashton Campus from 29 November to 4 December.

Matthew Partington from UWE explains, “The etc applied arts research group was set up to encourage artists from different disciplines to learn about new ways of making and producing art work. ‘BADGES’ is the first project organised by the group and involved the participants designing an image to be produced on a hand-made enamel badge. Each artist then made a set of 100 enamel badges measuring 5cms by 2.5cms. The exhibition will show the work of the 24 artists who took part. This will be the only opportunity to observe each artist’s entire edition of 100 badges, making for an exciting visual impact.

“There are many techniques that can be used for transferring images using the enamelling process. Essentially enamelling is heating ground glass powder onto copper plate to a temperature of 850°C so that the glass adheres to the copper. Many techniques have been used including transferring printing, etching and stencilling.”

There is a long tradition of enamel badges. Traditionally a badge is worn to identify a person or indicate support for a cause. As the first exhibition organised by and featuring members of etc, ‘BADGES’ aims to showcase the distinctive and diverse talents of makers working in the applied arts and to support applied arts research. Proceeds from the sales of badges will be used to support further etc projects.

For more information please see the exhibition website at www.media.uwe.ac.uk/etc/badges.htm

-ENDS-

Editor’s notes

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Artists taking part include Sonja Andrew, Maike Barteldres, Dail Behennah, Kathleen Brown, Amal Ghosh, Eleanor Glover, Janet Haigh, Ruth Hecht, Nigel Hurlstone, Mo Jupp, Basil Kardasis, Kate Malone, Dawn Mason, Imi Maufe, Carol McNicoll, Matthew Partington, Diana Porter, Hanne Rysgaard, Paul Sandammeer, Janet Stoyel, Elizabeth Turrell, Jessica Turrell, Roger Turrell and Carole Waller.

etc: the enamel, textile and ceramic applied arts research group is based at the Faculty of Art, Media and Design at the University of the West of England

The aims of the group are:

- To encourage applied art staff within the Faculty to work together in a research environment beyond their normal teaching duties
- To generate exhibitions, conferences, seminars and a distinct identity for applied art staff engaged in practice based research
- To create a working environment that establishes a research area pertinent to diverse practices, and where other high calibre practitioners can be invited to participate in planned projects

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