The theme is very wide and open to interpretation literally and/or metaphorically.
My objective is to explore both concepts. To take the literal first, I have made a textile wall hanging incorporating silk, cotton, scrim and jute which I have dyed, rusted and printed. I have quilted it with straight machine stitched lines to let the fabrics speak with their rough and smooth textures. The stitching will be simple, perhaps both by machine and by hand. I have some letter press blocks and might print words onto the piece - this is a decision I will make when it is almost complete.
I am also making a textile triptych using the image of a pot as a metaphor for life - a whole pot, a shattered one and one that has been mended. For these pieces I used Markal Paintstiks, one of my favourite mediums, and will do a separate blog showing the processes once the exhibition is up and running.
One part of the show is a display of work mounted on 12" x 12" canvases incorporating two specific fabrics, a cobalt blue batik and an open weave jute scrim, in any style and proportion. It will be interesting to see how we have all chosen to interpret this.
My final piece is going to be an A3 book made of khadi paper and incorporating paint, textile, collaged paper and stitch, all exploring the theme of rough and smooth.