"In craft we seek to explore the relationship of the process to materials, of hand to form, of eye to object"
This quote by Liz Cooper, the curator of the exhibition "Beauty is the First Test", was the starting point for this film, an experimental and conceptual exploration of the craft and work of five artists working in craft techniques across the UK. "Beauty is the First Test", the exhibition, like the film, seeks to explore how mathematical concepts underpin the artists work and tecnhiques, and how maths theory supports the development of their work.
The filmmaker a spent a day with each of the artists, Gail Baxter, David Gates, Stella Harding, Carol Quarini and Margo Selby, to learn about their craft and work and to film the environment in which their work is created to create a film that not only shows how they interact with mathematics, but also how their environment and the tools at their disposal shapes their work.
The film was funded by the Arts Council of England's Grants for the arts scheme and is part of the touring exhibition "Beauty is the First Test" which was created by Liz Cooper which is exhibiting across the UK in 2013 and 2014.
Directed by: Neil Baker & Steven Hatton
Produced by Electric Egg & Liz Cooper
Until June 30th 2013 - National Centre for Craft and Design - Sleaford, Lincs UK: nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/
6th September - 2nd November - Bilston Craft Gallery - Wolverhampton, UK: wolverhamptonart.org.uk/visit/bilston/
16th January - 19th April 2014: Platform Gallery - Clitheroe, UK: ribblevalley.gov.uk/platformgallery
2nd - 5th April 2014: Crafted - Makers of the Exceptional - The Royal Academy - London UK: craftedshowcase.co.uk/
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