Art as Fashion

Fashion scarf - Red Tipped Blossom Photography ©Teresa Neal

Art as Ethical Fashion

My partnership with the socially conscious fashion label ShopVida began a year ago when I decided to pursue a long-held desire to print some of my favourite photographic images onto textiles. I began with the design Light Fantastic which is a photograph taken while walking in Friston Forest East Sussex in the spring of 2008. I decide to have it made into a 100% modal scarf in order to show off the artwork. The scarf was a present for my mother who loved its sheer floaty quality not to mention the design. 

Poison Fox Modal Scarf photography/design ©Teresa Neal
Poison Fox Modal Scarf

Modal is a type of viscose/rayon made from beech trees specifically the  European Schneider Zelkova tree and is both soft and hard wearing.

I chose to work with ShopVida because of their commitment to ethical production and their sustainable business model; they provide both a living wage for their workers and a basic education in English and Maths in countries where education is not available to everyone this is especially beneficial to women in countries where they have low status and restricted access to education and other opportunities.  By using POD (print on demand) textile waste is decreased.

White Spring Clutch photography/design ©Teresa Neal Image credit Teresa neal
White Spring Clutch

I hold some items in stock which are available from the shop. However if I don’t have what you want I can order the item for you or you can order directly from my Vida Collection, the Light Forest dolman sleeved top is available from ShopVida. In stock items take 3-14 days to arrive others take approximately six-eight weeks, items ordered from Vida occasionally offer free US shipping.

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Flowing dolman style top with light forest print.© Teresa Neal Photographer
Light Forest Dolman Sleeved Top
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In the Eye of Noir

Design Teresa Neal. ©Teresa Neal all rights reserved.

Teresa Neal – In the Eye of Noir

20th-27th February 2017 – The Crypt Art Gallery 23 Church Street. Seaford. BN25 1HD

A photographic exhibition of black and white photography is due to open in the small seaside town of Seaford, East Sussex on 20th February. This intriguing exhibition explores the nature of fear and phobias through a series of black and white images. The Crypt gallery is an arts and community space based around the heritage site of a medieval undercroft, once used as storage by a local wool merchant.

This is an opportunity to see an eclectic range of work from cult photographer Teresa Neal  that focuses on the dark flip side of everyday life. The show includes award-winning work that has been previously shown both in Moscow in Russia and Tbilisi in Georgia.

There is a book to accompany the exhibition described by the Saatchi art magazine as ‘ a strange dark little gem ‘ available for order from Waterstones and published by Maiden Publishing UK.  Designer scarves will also be on sale.

At 6-8pm on Tuesday 21st, there will be a papercraft workshop, to be held in the 13th-century undercroft and an artist talk at 4 pm on Saturday 25th. Project Adorno the beat poetry duo will be performing at the opening on 24th.

For further details please see Teresa’s and the galleries websites http://www.thecryptgallery.com/in-the-eye-of-noir

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Opening night of In the eye of Noir exhibition. © Teresa Neal
Lindsey Freeman Mayor of Seaford with Lib Dem candidate Kelly-Marie Blundell at the exhibition opening.
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Any Colour as Long as it’s Orange

‘There are no black skins, there are no white skins. Human skins are just different shades of orange.’

Neil Harbisson.

The British artist Neil Harbisson has a rare form of colour blindness that prompted him to develop an appendage which is placed inside his skull and enables him to hear colour. This strange phenomenon became the starting point for the exhibition Any Colour as Long as it’s Orange. So intrigued was I by the perceptual experience of the UK’s only official cyborg he immediately sprang to mind when I was approached by the Photohastings Collective about creating an exhibition for the upcoming photography season. Andrew Moran suggested the use of a public space in order to reach more people and soon after I was in discussion with Hastings Council regarding the use of the newly refurbished 1930’s promenade Bottle Alley

Neil, his appendage and an orange.

Orange, the colour on the spectrum of light between red and yellow is a fascinating way in which to perceive the people around you and was inspirational in terms of creating the project. Working with such an off the wall subject gave the chance to do more experimental work and push the boundaries of what is seen to be photography, consequently only artists who were driven by the concept engaged with the idea and it was a pleasure to curate such a unique and diverse body of work.

‘When you are a little weird you aspire to be normal when you are very weird you aspire to be recognised for it’

Neil Harbisson

While hanging the work with fellow collaborators Robin Hutt and Martin Everett people acted with genuine surprise and pleasure on the first encounter in an area often associated with addicts and people down on their luck. A passing foreign student shouted ‘Bueno’ ‘Bueno’ in appreciation and a couple who were vulnerable addicts were genuinely interested and excited to see the work in what could be seen as their space and spoke to me about it.

Random members of the public were observed stopping dead and starring at certain images such as a young buck on an electric scooter who was rooted to the spot when presented with a portrait of a young woman against a background of very large poppies. The image was also struck a chord with those undertaking rehab and street people causing them to mutter something that sounded like Gertcha and curse, still it was engagement from a forgotten group of people who live tough lives without the luxury of art.

Girl with poppies – Teresa Neal

Unfortunately, the artwork became a target but despite the area having a bad reputation, the majority of people were happy to have the work displayed. So as is usually the case the destruction fell into the hands of a few although the work was only temporary it was disappointing to have to deal with a high level of negativity as it seemed so pointless. No doubt the weather played a part which was expected but the severing of cables, tyre tracks and smearing of excrement were not accidental or performance art! The notion of taking art onto the streets to people who do not normally engage with it is worthwhile but is not without risk for although we received some very positive feedback from people who would never enter an art gallery there were those who were clearly angry and those that merely saw it as an opportunity for personal gain and destruction. Fortunately, this was counterbalanced by the kindness of some local people who looked out for the work such as Steve, owner of the Kayak shop and protector of photographic art who called out to us as we were re-hanging work ‘you’ve got no chance down ‘ere Luv, no chance’ we’re going to keep trying’ shouted back Marybeth as Steve weaved his bike through the piles of dog mess ‘bloody minefield’ he laughed ‘no chance’

Any Colour as Long as it’s Orange – Bottle alley.

Overall the work made an impact which resulted in direct response and action and I like to think in some way answered the plea of this graffiti artist lifting their spirits from desolation and making them dance.

‘And lift my spirits in the desolation’ – Grafitti under exhibition at Bottle Alley St Leonards UK

©Teresa Neal 2016 may not be reproduced without permission

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