After 3 years of working in collaboration, Studio Seven presented a brave project based entirely on isolation, secrecy and surprise.
On 1 April 2010, the seven members were each given the same collection of raw materials - remnants waiting to be transformed. Each artist contributed one ingredient to the pile, and agreed on a set of haberdashery ‘store cupboard’ essentials. Over the next four weeks, the textile artists worked in isolation, each one creating a piece of textile art from this common starting point – a pile of forgotten, overlooked, precious, even mundane remnants.
Working with this limited range of materials and tools, in a limited period of time, the Studio Seven artists explored their own creative practice within the confines of the experiment. What each one created was much a surprise to the other members as was to the public.
Visitors were invited to peer through seven small openings of the SVA shop front to view the seven distinct creations by seven artists; seven different viewpoints on the same. Every scrap was used, every off-cut saved. Through these portholes lay seven individual, private textile world in which the Studio Seven artists revealed their differences and their similarities.