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Artist’s talk – Libby Bower

Artist’s talk – Libby Bower
Tuesday 14th April 2015

1.00 – 4.00pm (arrivals from 1pm for 1.30pm start).

Location : The Athenaeum, Liverpool (Church Alley).

Tickets : £12.50 each (includes tea, sandwiches & cakes at The Athenaeum, Liverpool).

As part of Bluecoat Display Centre’s ongoing programme of exciting artist’s talks, the next event will feature local illustration artist Libby Bower. Libby will speak about her career to date.

Libby Bower is a graduate in Theatre and Performance Design BA (Hons). She trained firstly as a costume designer. Her work is primarily informed by this discipline. Libby will demonstrate how she creates illustrations using collage and brings them alive with additions such as feathers, coloured inks, broken jewellery and other found objects etc.

She will also do a demonstration on a mannequin showing how she re-uses old, unwanted clothing and materials to create unique and quirky costume designs. Libby strives to use materials which might be considered useless or disposable. Upcycling and and reinvention are key aspects of her costume work. This discipline is called ‘deconstruction’ and is used in the theatre world due to its benefits of affordablility, speed and ease.

 This process of costume making is reminiscent of her illustrative work (which can be seen at Bluecoat Display Centre) in that she reinvents old materials in a ‘textural’ way, similar to collage. Libby also gives practical lectures at LIPA on deconstruction. She has made costumes for several shows using this technique alone.

Due to her enjoyment of these processes, Libby has recently been making small costume design drawings for the greetings card industry. (Libby has also worked for Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Unity Theatre, Liverpool Paul McCartney Theatre and other independent theatre companies.)

A traditional afternoon tea in the grand setting of The Athenaeum Club will follow the talk.

This event is open to current and new subscribing Members of Bluecoat Display Centre and The Athenaeum. To become a Member, please click here for details.

Booking: Call Bluecoat Display Centre on 0151 709 4014 or email crafts@bluecoatdisplaycentre.com.

*Click ‘Gallery’ above to see more of Libby’s works.

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