Ruth Franklin


As a compulsive gatherer and hoarder of artefacts and junk, the bringing together of different materials, with their own story, is a technique I have felt akin to, whilst so suiting my chaotic way of working. When working in clay, my interests have been in amalgamating 3 dimensional forms and drawings, to unite in bringing a narrative to the work.

Whilst studying on the MA Printmaking Course at Camberwell College of Art, from 1996 – 98, I began looking into my family history, and the importance of household artefacts in uncovering childhood memories. These ideas developed into three dimensional wall collages that reflected family stories, including those of my father, the wig maker.
My Jewish grandparents escaped from pogroms in Russia, Poland and Latvia in the early 1900’s for a better life in England. A tailor by trade, my Polish grandfather returned to his profession, and opened up a tailor’s workshop in the East End of London.

So returning to the theme of family professions, my present work has been looking at ideas about sewing and making. I began creating paper patterns, and constructing sewing machines and machinery parts out of paper, by folding and sewing. I am also making sewing machines and covers that are sewn and embroidered out of cloth.
Working predominantly with papers, I feel this material, often perceived as throw away and transitory, has so many diverse qualities and uses. That documents and letters can preserve memories and family histories, how astonishing to know that they can also bring lifelines.

Education
1996-98
  Camberwell College of Art - MA Printmaking
1973-75  Harrow College of Art – Ceramics Diploma
1972-73  Croydon College of Art – Ceramics Degree
1966-67  Hornsey College of Art - Foundation Course

Solo Exhibitions
1981
 Harvest Too Gallery, London
1986  Sunderland Arts Centre, Sunderland, touring show

Selected Exhibitions
2008
  Barrett Marsden Gallery, City Lit Ceramics Diploma,
20 years show
2006  Rugby City Art Gallery, Commission and Show
2005  Barbican Arts Trust, Open Studio Show
2002 Chelsea Craft Fair
‘A Taste of Pop’ Staffordshire Arts, Touring Show
‘Dangerous Corners’, Cork Street, London W1
2000  ‘Form & Transfer’ Exhibition, Drumcroon Education Art Centre, Wigan
2001  Printmaking Exhibition, Ropewalk, North Lincolnshire
Royal West of England Academy, Print Exhibition, Bristol
2000  National Print Exhibition, Mall Gallery, London
1999  Contemporary Print Show, Barbican Centre (Print Award   selected by Clive Jennings)
National Print Exhibition, Mall Gallery, London
1998  Postgraduate Printmaking: A Survey, Barbican, London
MA Printmaking final show, Camberwell College of Art
1997  ‘Hats off to Hackney’, festival and procession, commissioned hat, in Victoria and Albert Museum collection

Public Collections
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Paisley Museum, Scotland
Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Ulster Museum, Northern Ireland
The Crafts Council, London
Bedfordshire Education Authority, England 

Exhibitions

Archive

2012

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