I think it’s important to keep in touch with what other artists are doing to keep myself fresh and for that reason I enjoy attending workshops but the last couple I’ve taken have left me with a slight feeling of disappointment, I think it equally important that the tutors also keep themselves fresh and not simply regurgitate their teachings.
We started the morning thinking about where text is seen, the fonts, the shape of the letters and that sometimes it is illegible or even meaningless, asemic writing.
This is an example by Lukasz Grabun
Then we had an introduction to contemporary textiles artists – this gave the workshop a strong foundation by showing us that stitch has as much validity to be in the art world as other media.
Cornelia Parker has combined the old with the new, To commemorate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta prisoners, artists, lawyers, M.P.s and many others stitched a huge work, 13 meters long by 1.5 meters. The text was taken from the Wikipedia entry, which can be and is edited by anyone, so is in a state of change, unlike the original charter.
The work is currently on display at the British Library. A video of the making of the piece is here.
Then we went back in time to look at an example of a sampler worked by Elizabeth Laidman – finished in 1760 Back to a contemporary artist Aya Haider. The Stitch is lost unless the thread is knotted.
I’d not heard about signature quilts before.
Here’s a detail from a piece stitched by Fanny Minard in 1857.
Lise Bjorne Linnett is conducting an on-going project DESCONOCIDA UNKNOWN UKJENT which she started in 2006 and is ongoing.
This is to commemorate the huge number of women who disappear from Ciudad Juaréz, Mexico. Lise writes about her work here.
Lisa showed us some of her own work.
Shroud – Stitched textile inspired by a christening gown
Images taken at the Exposed – Textiles in the Open 2010
Loraine Bulwer had been put into the workhouse in 1907 at the age of 55 by her brother until her death in 1912.
An example of Donna’s books – as seen at Books of the Unexpected.
Ghadar Amer an Egyptian born resident of New York and uses text in her work.
Barbie Loves Ken, Ken Loves Barbie, 1995/2002. Embroidery on cotton. Collection of the artist, courtesy of Gagosian Gallery
Paddy Hartley has honoured the skilled needle work of Ralf Lumley who was a pioneering plastic surgeon.
Gunvor Nervold Antonsen is a Norwegian artist who stitches on large hangings – I’m surprised I’ve not come across her work before.
Entangled, Entrapped, Absorbed.
Installation view. Each object sized 300x300cm. Text embroidery on silk formed in half circles.
Don’t make a meal of it (detail), 2011
At this point there are a few crumbs in my note book – time for a break.