The summer holidays are almost upon us and with them the mix of relief (I could do with a break!) and dread (how on earth do I fit in all the work I need to do whilst also enjoying time with the family?). I know I’m not the only one to feel that way about school holidays and it really will be lovely to have some time away from the normal routine.
Yesterday I delivered Tide Marks to Artlink in Hull ready for them to put it up for my exhibition which opens on 26th July. There is a preview on Friday 25th from 6-8pm so if you are in the area do come along. Each time an exhibition goes up in a different gallery there can be different hanging requirements. As I’m not hanging it myself this time I decided the best way to deal with the little woven pieces that make up Tide Line was to mount them onto a piece of wood so that they are effectively one piece. This took far longer than I thought (each one is sewn to the wood) but I’m pleased with the result and I just managed to squeeze it into my little car to take it over to Hull. I’m looking forward to seeing how it looks next week when I go back for the preview.
My head is full of lists and logistics for the coming week. There is just a week to go now before my residency exhibition in the lighthouse at Spurn. Most of the work is finished: I’ve spent the week stitching into Spurn Cloth #1; prints are back from the framers; cards and postcards are made; the book is with the printer; my interpretation film is complete and equipment arrived…
There is still a whole list of things to do but I can’t wait now to get over there on Monday and spend time putting my work in the space it was made for and about.
I’m really pleased with how my tide marks series of work has turned out now it’s framed. I’ve been lovingly working at, adding to, sorting and revisiting these small pieces of dyed, printed, stitched paper over the last few weeks. But I always worried that they wouldn’t stand on their own as individual pieces. Somehow by placing these things into frames they are transformed into the precious items that I already feel they are: it says ‘this is what they are’ to any other viewer that hasn’t had the relationship with them that I have.
These are quiet pieces, subtle. I hope that whoever looks at them will be intrigued, drawn in by the play of different marks and textures. They invite you to look closely, study the lines, see where the stitches go. At least that’s how I feel about them. I want them to intrigue people, please them and perhaps puzzle them.
These, as well as other work, will be shown next weekend at 6 Harold Place as part of the Saltaire Arts Trail.
I collected some work from the framer today, ready to take to the Headingley Arts Trail next week. I’m really pleased with how they’ve come out.
I’ve framed some of the thick felt pieces that were part of my degree final work. They originally made up one large work with 25 separate squares arranged together. Now, in their own box frames they have become separate works.
I didn’t want them to be behind glass, so they just have a simple wooden frame with space between the subtly painted wood and the felt so that you can see the depth of the felt.
I’m really looking forward to seeing how they will look on the walls of 6 Harrowby Road….
> I’ve just delivered two pieces of work to this gallery in Clitheroe for their Lancashire and Yorkshire Craft Open Exhibition. They are two of my stitch-embossed paper with paper yarn stitches.
When I collected them from the framers earlier this week I was a little unsure about how they work in frames and behind glass. It has certainly changed them. The barrier of the glass makes them harder work to view but it also encases them in a way that, on reflection, I like.
It has given them a kind of museum piece quality, like they are some sort of artifact that needs careful protection. They are delicate and subtle and so somehow this encasing is appropriate.
The Craft Open is on from 23rd July until 1st October.