A Field of Centres featured a series of wall panels constructed from hundreds of individually machine-embroidered flowers. The flowers are built up in layers to create patterns that referenced spatial and geometric orientations found in early historical textiles. The work was colourful and dramatic, with intense detail that merged at a distance into strong optical effects.
The panels followed a series of photographic pieces created in 2001 that explored the use of floral imagery in textiles. Michael challenged the tradition of using flowers as a source of inspiration by using flowers as a medium. He created a series of 35 large collages from gerberas, roses, thistles and other flora which were then photographed.
Michael is a major creative force in the world of contemporary international art textiles. His work is included in private, public and corporate collections worldwide. He won The Creative Concept Award in 1987 and The Fine Art Award in 1989 at the International Textile Competition in Kyoto, followed by the first ever RSA Art for Architecture Award in 1990. In 1997 he was short listed for the Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts from the Crafts Council of Britain.
Michael Brennand-Wood was Artist-in-Residence at The Harley Studios during 2003/04. This residency was funded by the Regional Arts Lottery Programme.
A Harley Gallery Touring exhibition in association with Ruthin Craft Centre.