SKIN/NAHK/ODA is an exchange project that brings together three European Colleges: CIT Crawford College of Art and Design; Tartu Art College of Estonia; and Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania. Textiles students from each college have worked simultaneously since October 2016 on this shared research project that will come to Cork in March 2017 for its first exhibition. The works will then travel on to Tartu in April 2017 and Vilinus in September 2017 for exhibition in their college galleries.
Skin is a covering, a membrane, an essential organ of life. It can be vulnerable or protective, camouflaging or sensual. It is visible record of age and experience. Its many properties link it closely with cloth.
This exchange project has challenged textile students to create art forms based on an open investigation of the formal, technical and conceptual potential of the complex identities of living organisms. ‘Skin’ translates succinctly in the other languages as ‘Nahk’ (Estonian) and ‘Oda’ (Lithuanian).
Pamela Hardesty, Lecturer in Textiles within the BA in Contemporary Applied Art at CCAD, explained that this ‘skin’ project was designed to accompany the MAKE 2017 Symposium, which looks at making in the overlap between art and biology. This Symposium will be held on Saturday, 4 March; SKIN/NAHK/ODA opens that same evening in the CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery.
Hardesty explained the ethos of this international project, “’Skin’ as a subject challenged students to look closely at any one of the world-wide range of plant and animal organisms. The SKIN/NAHK/ODA project has inspired textile art forms based on an open investigation of the formal, technical, and conceptual potential of the complex identities of living organisms.”
SKIN/NAHK/ODA runs at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery from 4th to 24th March 2017.