Congratulations to Andrea Dawson for being chosen to receive the George Weil Graduation Prize for achieving the most accomplished work on her course. Andrea was presented with her prize of a £100.00 George Weil Gift Card during an award ceremony which launched the Cass Summer Show. You can visit the show, which features students’ work, at London Metropolitan until 30th June 2019.
Andrea graduated after studying for 3 years at The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University (The Cass). Her Artist Statement reveals the exciting inspiration for her woven designs.
“As an artist I explore vibration and the vibrations of nature and the five elements of either, air, fire, water and earth. I look into the vibrations that are created that we can and cannot see, for example, vibrations in the landscape at sunset and dusk, where shadows are cast with a low-setting sun. I look at reflections on the water from nature cast by sun and light, and ripples within the water and shadow on water. I explore shadows cast by sunlight through window panes that have movement.”
“Within my work as a weaver I try to capture the vibrational movement through weave distortion. I use materials of different properties and unconventional construction. I find monofilament works well for creating these pieces. I prefer monofilament to be recycled. With my silk weaves I do distortional weaving with light reflective yarns for photographic purposes to create light in the photoshoot and also shadow. By hand painting and screen printing onto the warp I create gestural movements of vibrations and then weave into them.”