Category Archives: Thinking Caps

Urban v. Haute Couture


Interesting Street Style from Asia ht.tp://www.streetstylenews.com/res/navbar10/navbarb.php?ac=to&ul=http://on.wsj.com/1fYKHzs&sn=WSJ%20SceneStyle%20Asia  the men seem to do it well, see below kinda cute.  As for Paris Fashion week, the designers seem to be showing a lot of space age metallic cloth and all in ones, that foil coated look is tricky to wear – I think the east seem to have a very cool take on relaxed urban future and ladylike street style that works in the every day.  The leather jackets and garments do futuristic better for me that lame and metallic fibres – its much more haute couture than urban.

street chic

Young and relaxed @ Micheal Kors

The leather weather has arrived, this jacket is purchased from Balenciaga.


20 x 20


Brewery Arts Kendal 25th Sep and Rheged on 4th Oct 2013

Brewery Arts Kendal 25th Sep and Rheged on 4th Oct 2013

Arts Events

Contemporary Vision: 20 x 20

as part of the C-Art Cumbria Arts Open Studios event 14th – 29th Sep 2013

‘Contemporary Vision: 20 x 20’ Pecha Kucha Style Event at the Rheged Centre,Penrith, Cumbria Fri 4th Oct at 7.00pm. Come along @ 6pm to have drinks, eat in the cafe and socialise. The artists will present 20 images of their work in a dynamic paced event followed by a short debate. The ’20 x 20 vision’ event will have a broad selection of C-Artists, including Simon Whalley, Rosie Wates, Christine Hurford and Alex Jakob -Whitworth, Debby Akam and many more …..

See info about the C-Artists open studios below:

Maggi Toner-Edgar will be showing some of the textiles and photographs which make up her story ‘Thinking Caps’ @ Stuart Broadhurst’s Gallery ‘Holly House Barn’ in Askham from 14th Sept until 29th September. Maggi will be sketching in the Askham gallery at the weekends 14/15/21/22/ and 28/29 and will be happy to chat about the research behind the book.

A selection of this work will be on show at the 20 x 20 Vision at Brewery Arts

20 x 20 Event

20 x 20 Event


PECHA KUCHA NIGHT


Please come along to the Pecha Kucha Night at the Kirkgate Arts Centre, CPecha Kucha Night Posterockermouth Cumbria at 7pm on Tuesday 4th and the 11th September. Please see poster of artists involved whose work you can also see on the
http://www.c-art.org.uk site plus if interested links below to
look at what the professional artists are doing with this 20 x 20 Format.
Pecha Kucha also have a Facebook page if you want to see the numbers of
people who are caught up in this. It is a rapid paced viral art and design
even that has been taking certain cities by storm, coming to Cockermouth,
please come along and bring friends the doors open at 7pm but if you wish to
reserve a ticket email me and I will keep you one on the door –
http://c-art.org.uk/2012/08/10/pecha-kucha-c-art-event/


Where to get the book!


  1. In the signing queue.

    Thinking Caps – Amazon do not seem to have the right number of stock so please  go to 2QT to buy your copy.

    http://www.2qt.co.uk/thinking-caps-maggi-toner-edgar-new-release/

    Thinking Caps –  *New Book Release*

    2012

    Author: Maggi Toner- Edgar  Release Date: 28th February  2012 Format: Paperback (Colour photographs) ISBN: 978-1-908098-3-82

    After running her own design company in the eighties, Maggi spent over 20 years writing, leading, validating and lecturing in Higher Education on Degree and MA courses. Her role in fashion ‘Haute Couture’ and design ‘Textile Craft’ courses and Applied Arts Research culminated in a doctorate, for which this book was a practice-based element. This reflective journal written through adversity, extracted enormous inspirational benefits to fuel the creative artistic process and in addition it offers transformative power in order to deal with trauma.

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http://www.spring-fling.co.uk/programme/looking-in-looking-out-lectures


http://www.spring-fling.co.uk/programme/looking-in-looking-out-lectures

http://www.spring-fling.co.uk/programme/looking-in-looking-out-lectures


Looking in Looking out lecture at Dumfries


Following on from the popular 2011 lecture series ‘Art of Place’ for 2012, The University of Glasgow’s new Solway Centre for Environment and Culture, in Dumfries, in association with Spring Fling are delighted to present ‘Looking In – Looking Out’ – a three part lecture series. Focusing on the themes of ‘Memory’, ‘Land’ and ‘Sustainability’, the series celebrates the work of artists from this region; as part of the historical artistic legacy, stimulated by its distinctive environment and culture, whilst remaining engaged with and sustaining links to the world outside. These lectures will explore the relationship between creativity and location – a key theme for the Solway Centre for Environment and Culture just as it is for Spring Fling – engaging with the reasons why, and where, artists choose to work where they do.

Each evening – four artists who have participated in Spring Fling over the past ten years will speak about their work and practice; a series of art professionals from out with the region will speak about their work and experience (speakers to be announced on the page from February 2012); and Dr Valentina Bold from The University of Glasgow representing The Solway Centre for Environment and Culture will lead a Q&A with the participating artists.

MEMORY

Wednesday 18 April 2012, 6pm – 7.30pm

Artists have long been drawn to Dumfries and Galloway. With a focus on Dumfries and Galloway’s artistic legacy and its continual appeal for living artists, these speakers will talk about living and working in the region, their journey towards feeling part of an artistic community, and being inspired or influenced by artwork or artists from the past.

Invited External Speakers:

Dr. Maggi Toner-Edgar – After working in France and America and running her own fashion design company in the 1980s, Maggi spent over 20 years leading Degree and MA courses in Fashion and Applied Arts in Higher Education at UCLAN and Cumbria Institute of the Arts. Her main interest is in fashion, millinery and sculptural textiles with the Cumbrian landscape and weather conditions inspiring her in relation to concepts, colour and form. www.toneredgar.com

Maggi will talk about:

Memory and Thinking Caps

These three small collections formed a mini-memoir, inspired by memories of people and place.

The practice research involved investigating how we learn from our own experience of practice. My research explored how the physical experience of being creative can exorcise memories; it shows how the creative process can be beneficial for lifting your mind above and away from the everyday.  Fabrics have meanings that transmit visual messages and concepts, often not fully recognised or understood.


Really looking …


Really looking forward to the launch of my book – if you can’t make Carlisle on 29th Feb and would still like to come, thats ok.  Please come to Cockermouht New Bookshop on 9th March at 4.30pm for a glass of early Friday evening wine and a chat.  The local Celeb Alan Dawson @adaptahouse is going to introduce me!



New Book : ” Thinking Caps” by Maggi Toner-Edgar Dec 2011, Published by 2QT.

I am launching a book on Wed 29th Feb @7.30pm at Book case, Carlisle.

 

1. This book is only one little snapshot of the full extent of my 10 years of work on the creative process. My research findings in relation to the reflective process are hinted at in the book but it is illustrated with my hats.  The book is a personal artistic story, along with a sneak view into personal journals, which were a bearing of my soul and about my life experience – during a roller coaster journey, which was the death of my sister and two other family members. The hats are the vehicle used to tell a story – which is poignant in parts and inspiring in others.

 

2. The research  work I carried out behind this book, investigated how people learnt from  their own practical experience.  It  shows how the creative process can be particularly beneficial for lifting your mind above and away from the depressing situation everyday.    It displays how clothing and  fabrics  can have meaning, and transmit visual messages and concepts often not recognised or fully understood.  It is a bit of millinery (hat making) and a bit of philosophy quite a quirky and unusual mixture, which sums me up really! This is a mini-memoir, which works   as a book in its own right when illustrated with the textile experiments hats.

Launching on Leap year day is pertinent as I refer to the benefits, I gained extra   days.   At 51 I didn’t expect to be alive,  writing books and starting a Style Business.  At the ages of 36 and 49 three of my family members had died, of breast and ovarian cancer, I had surgery and my   other sister is just in remission after 8 years and a mastectomy. It is living evidence of a journey through the tunnel and survival at the other end.


Thinking Caps


Thinking Caps

Maggi talks through her hats, telling a poignant story of love and loss, laced with inspirational creativity. She was a designer/maker who investigated how artists and designers think when they make, so that they could benefit from reflecting on their own experiential learning. As a result through her inspirational diaries, she uncovered her own thinking and the power of the creative artistic process of making and writing to lessen the effects of trauma and sadness.


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