The Textile Futures Research Group Salon on 17th March was titled Candy + Code after the work of the first speaker Rachel Beth Egenhoefer.
On the right is part of one of her installations, comprising rows of lollipops inserted directly into a wall (22' x 14'). Due to the high humidity levels at the time the lollipops gradually melted producing an ever changing series of sticky, multicoloured, puddles on the gallery floor.
Candy Residue on paper (left) is another example of her work with sweets (candy) but is rather more commercial in nature.
Rachel Beth is also interested in the representation of codes in her work. Chocolates is an installation of a table with rows of paper cases containing chocolates. The viewers are invited to eat the chocolates and a linked computer monitor shows a realtime display of the full and empty cases as a binary code with the empty cases as 0's and the full ones as 1's.Her current work involves research into the relationship between textiles, technology and the body which she is developing as motion tracking of knitting needles.
Handscape is an installation by Dr Barbara Rauch based on the digital mapping of hands. Her work is primarily concerned with personality and identity and she collaborates with programming specialists to produce digital projections questioning what we are and what we think we are. Examples of her video work can be seen at http://www.machinista.org.uk/
Nicola Naismith is concerned with exploring the nature of everyday objects such as work shirts and sewing needles. These objects are investigated, documented and presented offering ambiguous yet familiar images.
Bulk, 2007, is a giclee print 100 x 80cm in a limited edition of 4 plus 1 artist's proof retailing at £750. It shows the eye end of a bulk packet of sewing needles, not a sight that is often seen even by the most ardent needleworkers, especially at this magnification. Other works include video projections of hands threading sewing needles and the relationships between body and computer concentrating on the void between the two.