Textiles MPhil/PhD student Beverly Ayling-Smith back in UK following solo exhibition in Japan.
After noticing her work at the 'Insight into Beauty' show at the Embassy of Japan in London's Piccadilly, the owner of GalleryGallery; a specialist textiles art gallery in Kyoto, Japan offered Beverly a solo exhibition, from which she has recently returned.
Beverly's work focuses on the role that fabric plays in the emotional states of mourning and melancholia and aims to connect people with their unresolved feelings to help them to transition emotionally. The exhibition was a great chance for her to gain exposure and recognition and build her reputation amongst fellow textiles artists.
She said: "My solo exhibition went really well. I was in Japan for about 10 days and was able to be actively involved in the presentation of my work and the arrangement of the show. It was brilliant to interact with like-minded people and I received some really valuable feedback. Having returned to the UK, I now feel like I am better established within the community of textiles artists in Japan."
Aside from exhibiting at the gallery, Beverly also used her time in Japan to further her research by visiting Kyoto Gedai University of Arts and the Kawashima Textile School. After listening to a talk by Beverly, students were asked to share their responses to her work which, once translated, she is hoping will be a great resource to advance her research.
With over two years left of her MPhil/PhD, Beverly is looking forward to continuing to develop within her area of specialist practice. She has recently been approached to take part in the 'PassionArt' trail initiative in Manchester during Lent 2014, which will involve her work being shown in the John Rylands Library and she is hoping to embark on more exciting opportunities such as this as her research progresses.