Sally Freshwater’s work emerges from a continual fascination with the architectural potential of textiles. Working with a combination of pliable and solid elements she creates forms where all the parts work in harmony, each reliant on the next to maintain the structure, the works relating to the body through scale and how they occupy the field of vision. The intention is to provide a focus. While the textile is for the most part treated as a sculptural material, a detailed knowledge of the inherent qualities of the fabric is necessary for the structures success. Recent works have seen a pairing of lead with fabric and the application of metal laminates to the fabric surface, exploring apparent similarities and opposites, seductions and repulsions, echoing yet giving different values to the forms and structures.
The works are deliberately abstract, not replicating other forms, though shapes and materials may echo familiar objects, creating associations in the mind of the viewer. Many of the works have implied movement, while in others this potential has become a real factor, using natural air currents and exploring mechanical interventions to power the way the work moves.
1977-1980 Goldsmiths College, London BA(Hons)
1980-1982 Royal College of Art, London MA RCA
2004 Research and Development Grant, Arts Council.
2006 Research and Development Grant, Arts Council.
2006 Selected for British Crafts In Japan Research Trip.
2006 Exhibition grant Sasakawa Foundation.
2006 Travel grant Daiwa Foundation.
2007 Solo Exhibition, Museum of Arts and Crafts Itami, Japan.
2007 Eye of the Needle, Touchstones Gallery, Rochdale.
2005 COLLECT, V&A, London.
2004 Defining Spaces, The Hub, Sleaford and touring.
Arttextiles 3, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery.
2003 Art of The Stitch, Birkenhead and touring
2000 Arttextiles 2, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery and touring.
2004 The Lighthouse, Poole.
2000 Bury St Edmunds: Abbey Gates: ‘Unfamiliar Sightings’
1991 Exchange House in Broadgate, Sculpture for two Atria.
1990 Gatwick Airport, Arrivals Concourse, South Terminal: ‘Alar I & II’
Major works have recently been purchased by the Whitworth Collection and the Oldham Gallery Collection
BAA, Burmah Castrol , Crafts Council
Contemporary Art Society , WH Smith ,Pan Pacific Hotel, Singapore
Morgan Grenfell Laurie, GMW Architects
Embroiderers Guild, Rosehaugh Stanhope Developments
Bradford & Bingley, University of Hertfordshire
The Whitworth Collection, Oldham Gallery
Journals and Publications:
Art Textiles 2: Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, 2000.
Art of the Stitch and Sample, cat. 2003.
Sally Freshwater: Defining Spaces. 2004.
Art Textiles 3: Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, 2004.
Collect, Crafts Council & V&A, 2005.