Walcot Chapel Working Studio – 15 – 21 July 2013
Building on ‘a delicate rhythm’
A working studio week..
The quiet of us working – and the regular lying down on yoga mats to rest and reflect
I have been filming the work – it is a wonderfully liberating and creative experience to respond to a space for a week, to attune to the work within it and have the freedom to develop – all our work is evolving as the days go on
Will put clip of film up in the next few days…
Belinda has this wonderful shop in Wotton-under-Edge and is a talented and creative textile artist and book illustrator. Paper and Cotton is a work of art in itself!
Brenda, who works in film, installation, textiles and research, invited us to participate in her latest work – a film conversation about creative processes…
We stitched and talked….. more later as Brenda develops her work
The set up – tricky to capture! The middle image shows the amazing Poorman Project laptop Stevie made especially for the show, from which the images ran on slideshow and the audio played – a little, fragile, organic being – ‘made from bits of nothing’ he says – showing the inner workings like the inner thinking in my mind…
These 2 audio pieces are taken from my Buttonhole Sketchbook and were playing at Suited
They are fragments of my journalling – writing that accompanied the stitch pieces and played alongside a slideshow of images and the display of the sketchbook itself…
Do we glance at, appreciate or pause to admire a fine hand-made buttonhole and acknowledge the craft and skill in it’s making?
What is our relationship with tailoring? What do we value and cherish in our clothing?
What of mass-produced fashion – the skilled seamstress, the home-worker, the factory worker? Safe conditions, trade unions, care and compassionate attention?
These buttonholes are randomly stitched, uneven, deliberately stitched with a line across the centre
Closed mouth, closed eyes, stitched shut in vibrant thread
Exploitation and ‘throw-away’ fashion I thought about constantly – there is work for me to follow through here – a responsibility as an artist to find ways of promoting discussion and awareness.
The tragedy in Dhaka, Bangladesh happened at the end of this body of work and I grieved – I will not forget or lose the opportunity to work more on this….
The waistcoat for the Mayor – made by faeries? Whose hands worked so hard to make such exquisite beauty?
detail from Suited exhibition sketchbook piece