Mending My Ways..

Been busy updating – so see the new page on the bar at the top for Current Exhibition Statement or here! I have also been busy posting about ‘Mending my Ways’ on the Brunel Broderers blog and to see some wonderful work by my fellow BB broderers have a look here

I will also post statements from other exhibitions – in time – soon… kind of backwards in a time line maybe?!!!!

Meanwhile… here is the ‘family hands’ series photographed at Musgrove Park Hospital

The ‘hand washing’ series here and here with a bit more thinking here are now framed and up at the Exhibition and, at the moment, I can’t capture them well due to the glass (you can see me and the camera as well!) – but I will try again when I am there next …

Having such an interesting time collecting comments, talking to people about the work and about the whole issue of art in hospitals…

threads – more thoughts….

A sampling piece from the hand-washing sequence which is now on show at Musgrove Hospital, Taunton – a Brunel Broderers Exhibition, Mending My Ways

I have been thinking about all those threads and why they are a constant in my work..

Threads…loose threads, left… – a metaphor – until now partially glimpsed, fleetingly captured in my understanding…..

Suspended, reaching out, pausing, changing where they lie, are they touching something or is the space important?

The possibilities of connecting, or not.. or waiting to connect – other, between, beyond, unfinished or extending – in the liminal space between the work made and another place

I think a physical representation of me, my intention – the marks are mine but so is the thread itself- it is the substance of my making and my thinking, maybe it is me!

It is a question, a subtle invitation – the place where words tail off in a conversation waiting for a response. Nothing finished or ‘cut off’ but open to possibilities and relationships…..

hand washing…work in progress!

Looking ahead and beyond …

This weekend I have been working on some pieces for the Brunel Broderers forthcoming exhibition at Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton for June – August 2012 – Mending My Ways

Amongst other pieces I have chosen, these have been developed as new work especially for the context and I am excited by them!

The positions of the hands are those recommended for best washing practice

Walking around any hospital there are many posters and signs reminding us to ‘wash our hands’ – I thought a gentle reminder and alternative take might be appropriate! The hanging threads have silvery highlights like droplets of water

My cousin’s hands are my model – family hands again, hands of someone who gives so generously in the community – seemed like the perfect choice! She has been out planting sunflowers this weekend to brighten her neighbourhood…

Worked on cotton organdie – drawing with machine on free motion, pen for a different quality of line and detail and hand stitch