the gallery, abbotsbury :: art gallery and studio near Weymouth, Dorset
art gallery showing textile art by leading UK contemporary textile artist Mary-Clare Buckle
replacing it with the texture, colour and vibrancy which can only be achieved with fibres
art which interacts with light falling on and through it - 'living' art to inspire you and enhance your home
the gallery, abbotsbury :: art gallery and studio near Weymouth, DorsetI sell my art and limited-edition prints from my studio-gallery here in Abbotsbury, which is only 10 miles along the B3157 from Weymouth, Dorchester and Bridport. This is a beautiful drive, along one of the finest coast roads in England, with stunning views over Lyme Bay and Chesil Beach.
At the gallery, you can buy stunning examples of all my contemporary textile art - both originals and signed, limited-edition prints (priced at only £40 each), or commission a special piece of art to your own requirements.
Click here to take a virtual walk to my art gallery in the village of Abbotsbury, Dorset.
So if you live nearby, or are visiting Weymouth, or this area of Dorset, why not drop in to the gallery? We are located at 13 Market Street, Abbotsbury (nr Weymouth), Dorset, DT3 4JR - look for the oval blue sign with yellow lettering. Do ring first (01305-871561) if you're planning a special journey.
... or you could even plan a special trip to West Dorset to see the work of all the artists & craftspeople in Abbotsbury, West Dorset - only 10 miles from Weymouth! to be put on my email list and receive all my latest news and details of my special events, Private Views and felt-making workshops.
Art galleries and artists' studios in Abbotsbury (near Weymouth), DorsetThe beautiful and picturesque artists' enclave of Abbotsbury, near Weymouth, in West Dorset (southern England), is home to a large number of artists and craftspeople. There are:
- two individual artists' studios open to the public
- two art galleries and framers
- a (Crafts Council approved) wood gallery
- a silversmith, with a studio open to the public
- a photography gallery
- two artists who can be visited by appointment
- two artists who run workshops and courses
- a tearoom running a series of textile exhibitions
- a craft stone-mason, who undertakes architectural work, letter-cutting and carving.
So why not pay us a special visit - just for the day or, better still, a relaxing weekend in any of the many guest-houses and hotels in the village? Click here to look at details of establishments offering accommodation in the village, including links to their websites or click here for self-catering accommodation.
What kind of art is shown at the gallery?Most of my work is abstract or semi-abstract and, broadly speaking, falls into the following general areas -
Floating Felts - translucent abstract textile artI have developed and refined a technique of making paper-thin felt art (wool) pieces and sandwiching them in clear acrylic sheet. These, predominantly abstract, pieces can then be hung slightly away from the wall, so that the piece interacts with light falling on and through it and gives an impression of the textile art piece floating in three dimensions - hence ‘Floating Felts’. No longer is the eye of the viewer constrained by a rectangular frame - but can stray onto and off the piece.
This type of textile art work can be seen in my online Textile Art Gallery
Art Lights - backlit abstract textile artThe obvious extension of this technique was to use an integral light source to backlight the pieces, turning them into 'Art Lights'. This creates the dramatic effect of the piece appearing to float in space.
One of my most recent ideas is to use fairy lights, to produce a completely different lighting effect.
And - inspired, as a textile artist, by the uv environment of nightclubs - I have produced a range of lights which use uv-reactive fibres, lit by blacklight-blue (uv-A) tubes or LEDs. This produces an intense glow from the fibres and an incredibly vibrant effect.
See my Art Lights Gallery for this type of textile art work.
Conceptual Textile Art -semi-abstract textile art piecesIn my range of conceptual textile art' I produce the art by combining digital images with a wool felt background. The first piece, It’s Raining Men, was originally suggested by the Weather Girls song. This is the first in a series of It's Raining ... textile art pieces - cows, money, cats & dogs, etc.
I am also working on a series of ‘tourist cliché’ pieces - a London-themed piece will have images of red phone boxes, double-decker buses, beefeaters, etc. See the Conceptual Textile Art in my online art gallery for this type of work.
Also in this Gallery is a range of work using a design inspired by the decorative use of tiles in the Middle East and North Africa.
Two pieces in particular - Me and You - were sold to a client furnishing a villa in the Algarve. Art pieces like this could have any lettering, symbols or perhaps a company logo, repeated across them.