Shadow lines, layers and loose threads are characteristic of my work and I talk about them often – click on the tags to have a look at past images and words, or pop the words into the search box…
Stitch vocabulary or iconography such as buttonhole wheels and French knots
They are all personal reflections and my own mark making on cloth – so:
Knots feel like and represent thoughts like prayer beads
Herringbone is a journey with steps along the way
Feather represents my connection to the natural world
Buttonhole – whole thoughts or partial ones
Loose threads reach out and float, even melt into the atmosphere and connect with the viewer
Joining, and leaving space
for movement: to attune, to ease in the water
2 women, quietly rinsing a cloth
Standing in the sea
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
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
At Suited I was brave, a new direction – my sketchbook of work on the ‘one and twenty buttonholes’ was shown with audio pieces and a slideshow. I will show the ‘set up’ and some images over this week…
I didn’t want to show finished resolved stitch only – my jam-packed sketchbook of sampling, of thought, of ideas was the work itself..