Trestle welcomes through its doors an exhibition bringing together the work of three distinctive female artists under the banner of Hertfordshire Visual Arts 2018 Open Studios. Working across different mediums, what unites these artists is their hands-on craft-based approached, applying specialist skills and techniques to create unique pieces of art/work.
Flea Cooke studies Constructed Textiles at Middlesex University and the Royal College of Art, and after a period working in Design Consultancy, moved into teaching gradually. She maintained her own creative practice alongside her increasing responsibilities at the University of Hertfordshire, where she ran the BA (Hons) Contemporary Applied Art degree course for many years.
This course characterized her own interests and values to a great extent – that the name Art is defined by intention rather than medium. The degree course encouraged a playful combining of materials and ideas across textiles, ceramics and glass and jewellery, and allowed students to specialise or mix their media.
Her own practice has continued to evolve, rooted in her love of cloth and stitch, but moving from soft to hard materials and back again. She has worked in handmade paper, mixed media textiles and, recently mosaics.
Jo Stapleton is a Hertfordshire based film and darkroom photographer specialising in alternative processes and techniques including lith, salt printing and chemigrams. With an interested in constructed realities photography and influenced by the visual style, mood and atmosphere of film noir, Jo uses dolls house furniture and models to construct and capture photographic moments or stories. As a member of London Independent Photography Network and Shutterhub, Jo has most recently exhibited at the Retina Scottish International Photography Festival (Edinburgh, 2017), Art at the Alison Richards Building (Cambridge University, January 2018) and Festival Pil’ours (St Gilles Croix de Vie, France, August 2018). Jo is a current grant recipient of the Richard and Siobhan Coward Photography Foundation (supporting analogue photography).
Linda is an Artist and Printmaker living and working in St Albans. Her work mainly focusses on the use of vibrant colour and dynamic design to create atmosphere and feeling.
St Albans is an important base for the artist and originally moved here to attend St Albans School of Art for the Post-Graduate in Art Therapy training.
Linda’s work has been exhibited in London, Windsor, Herts Open Studios, Bucks Open Studios, Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamstead, The Nudetincan Gallery, St Albans, Mardleybury Gallery, Datchworth, Camden Arts Centre, and Lauderdale House, London.
Her work combines a figurative approach based on drawings from life, with powerful and dynamic colour and symbolism. This represents an alchemical journey of transformation., seen in the conflict and tension of opposites and transition from darkness into light.
Entry is free and the exhibition is open during our normal Arts Base hours, please click here for more information. For enquiries about the exhibition space at Trestle, please contact our Gallery Programmer Elaine Johnson on firstname.lastname@example.org | 01727 850950