the sanity of making…

Susi Bancroft image image imageThese tiny hexagons fill a tin – they measure 1cm face – 2cm diameter

A gift from a special person in my extended family – offered generously and lightly but with astute consideration

They created a miniature scene at Bees Knees

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Last week a visiting artist friend exclaimed the making at such a scale would drive her insane… However interestingly they were offered to me with a narrative explanation that the making of these tiny precious pieces – the repetition, the need for precision and concentration, the careful piecing and selection of strings of pattern – all this and more about the nature of handwork were made in order to keep sanity, to stay sane at a particular time in her life…

 

 

 

 

winged things earlier this summer

Heart Space Studios

A frivolous and fun flight of fancy!
Winged Things – inspired by my delight in watching dragonflies in flight whilst walking by the river. From pale green delicate ethereal things, to flashes of bright iridescent colours skimming the water, I caught my breath watching them.
These creatures are an interpretation, a play on ideas. My mind wandered around the real as well as imaginary – the beauty of nature and the fantasy of invented things with wings – from fairies to surreal stinging insects!
These may hang indoors or outdoors – catching light and breeze and hopefully raising a smile!

Made on the sewing machine from wire wrapped in glittery metallic thread with seed beads I pre threaded on the wire – a somewhat exciting technique which requires some nerve!
The insects were then created by me ‘winging’ the shape and ideas – every one is unique

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Walcot Chapel – turmeric and tea

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Withies looking like stitches in the landscape!

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Cloth drying on the line – prayer flags in my thoughts – looking through the cloth and dreaming of the tea and turmeric drifting into the atmosphere..

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Table laid, piece in progress

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Catching thread thoughts and fragments

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Pinned gently to allow for movement, shadow and spaces to breathe!

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Over the course of the week I thought about what each choice of stitch reflects – what iconography.

 

 

Film clips!

Last week for the Brunel Broderers at Bridport Arts Centre for Strand – catch it if you can! Love, love, love Bridport – the Arts Centre, the town, the sea (hmm…especially the sea), the countryside! The Exhibition has been a bit of a dream success!

It started off with an Opening Talk – to catch some soundbites see this post and read what Polly Gifford, Arts Director, said about the Exhibition and Talk by having a look over here

I need to think how to share the film I made, which is on show with the stitched work. Maybe offering it as a ‘download’ would work… will investigate! Meanwhile, I did a little kind of clip preview of Stitch Meditation …

 

Strand meditation 2

susi_bancroft.IMG_2958Strands of thread link the pieces

Joining, and leaving space

for movement: to attune, to ease in the water

susi_bancroft.IMG_2963There is a film of this work on show too – in my mind’s eye it was always drifting in the sea – in the liminal space – filmed at tide turns, dusk and moonrise…

susi_bancroft.IMG_2979At the end of the film, moonrise

2 women, quietly rinsing a cloth

Standing in the sea

Strand Meditation 1

susi_bancroft.through2Walking the shoreline

Tide turn – the space between

Rhythm of waves flowing….

Rhythm of breath, meditation

Dawn and dusk, stitching in early morning

The pause, stilling…..

Rhythm of stitch

The embroidered buttonhole wheels are complete thoughts

Others fragmented, partially formed

The seed beads

Those are the shells, stones, tiny claws

Found objects catching my gaze, mixed on the shoreline

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See this – here Also the Brunel Broderers blog for all artists work for Strand

 

pure silk twist

 

susi_bancroftsusibancroft_techsusibancroftThe 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…