Feedback from the Winter Flowers exhibition at The Laing, Newcastle

Jennifer Allinson's sculpture is powerfully provocative.

Ruth Awin, Newcastle


Winter Flowers is quite beautiful in its contrasts of materials and colour.

Moira Pratt


Wonderful sculptures - great interpretations of natural beauty and forms.

L&L, Chester-le-street

Very ingenious. Thought provoking.
Particularly liked 'Dandelion People' and 'Winter Flowers'.

Janet Stacey, Cornwall

Make your own Spring is genius. We loved it!

Alex, London

Spinning Dandelions and shadows - quite hypnotic.

Janet, Blackhall Mill


Feedback from the Kith and Kin exhibition at Glass Centre, Sunderland

It's not often that you're completely overwhelmed by the quality and originality of a piece of art, but Jenny Allinson's work in 'Hide', seen recently in the 'Kith and Kin' exhibition at the Glass Centre in Sunderland just blew me away.  The concept and execution of the intricately worked 'armour' created from thousands of tiny porcelain plates was simply stunning. The theme and realisation of the ideas demonstrated a depth of artistic insight and integrity as refreshing as it is unusual these days. The narrative photographs made in collaboration with local photographer Sasa Savic showing the armour in action gave the work added depth. Superb.

Phil Withersby, The Calder Gallery, Hebden Bridge


Feedback for Fight, Fright, Flight, a Photographic collaboration

Jennifer Allinson's photographic collaboration with Saša Savić is a brooding meditation on threat. With dramatic contrasts between light and shadow, Fight, Fright and Flight do not just highlight the beauty of Allinson's armour but are reminders of the three key responses to impending danger. The purity of the white armour stands out against various backgrounds of darkness and uncertainty and Savić's use of strongly angled backdrops in Flight and Fright are in sharp contrast to the steady, centred image of Allinson in Fight. A fantastic series of images.

Simon Philpott, Whitley Bay


Feedback for Hide

'Hide' has real visual impact as the armoured piece is approached, whilst the incredibly intricate detailing is fascinating to examine.

Dan Martin, Newcastle upon Tyne

Hide is a unique and inspirational work of art. It evokes the traditions of samurai ruthlessness in its conception yet in its material realisation completely destabilises assumptions of masculinity associated with armour. Delicate, beautifully crafted in hard porcelain and soft, white silks and satins, Hide speaks to the ongoing need for protection from a harsh world and forces the viewer to acknowledge the multiple forms that violence takes.

Simon Philpott, Whitley Bay


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