New installation at Inspired by Nature gallery

4Artist, Jane Bevan has used foraged, natural materials to create a striking line of vessels in response to the decorative objects in Derby Museums’ Inspired by Nature gallery.

The installation, titled ‘All the Trees That Ever Were’ was informed by a public workshop that explored different ways of creating art from foraged materials.

Jane, a lifelong collector and an artist with a passion for English woodlands, won the commission to produce the work due to her successful craft practice and her willingness to embrace Derby Museums’ co-production approach.

Jane  said: “I walk daily to gather interesting materials to transform into artwork, celebrating tiny imperfections and irregularities in fragments of bark, thorns, seeds and feathers. It’s the smaller, quiet details of nature that appeal.”

The vessels are the largest gathering of Jane’s work to date and have been positioned in a rhythmic line along the gallery’s main end wall. Visitors are invited to view the line as an entire piece of work, and then to notice the beautiful details that appear when they look more closely at individual pieces.

Andrea Hadley Johnson, creative lead for the project said: “The textured structures include tiny flashes of colour that have been worked into the bark; red stiches, vivid green lichen and surprising blue feathers.

“They reinforce the intricate making process of binding, tying and stitching and provide a balance to the opulent colour and decoration on the historical objects. ‘All the Trees That Ever Were’ has transformed the gallery into something extraordinary.”

You can meet Jane Bevan and hear about her inspirations and how she created the commission on Wednesday April 13, 2pm, Museum & Art Gallery. The session is free and there is no need to book.

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