Dusters at Ditchling!

Really excited to see the duster packs for sale in the shop at Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft. The whole collection will be on display alongside a drop-in workshop all weekend from the 4-5th August.

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Family dusters!

We had a great afternoon at Sutton library yesterday with some new additions to the collections created through combined efforts: a Mum and her two daughters plus another mother and son. I hadn’t anticipated the kids wanting to get involved but it turned into an interesting conversation about who does the cleaning at home and who the children think it will do the housework when they grow up.

This is Lilly proudly holding her duster, which explores predefined gender roles by asking who does the decorating? Above her hangs duster made by her mum Donna and younger sister, which declares the woman a true treasure for completing so many tasks!

This is Ronnie, the first little boy to make a duster with help from Mum Carly. He chose to show his mum now and as a little girl playing beside him as a boy. The piece is called ‘becoming mummy’.

We also had fun learning to sew and exploring collage as a means of expressing your ideas.

I’d rather be reading…

A big thank you to Elizabeth Eldridge, mother of Felicity who stitched a duster a couple of weeks ago at Sutton Library, for her contribution to the project: “I’d rather be reading, my PhD isn’t in cleaning”. A sentiment that many of us share I think!

Brighton Futures

It’s privilege to have a detail of the duster I embroidered for the recent Marks Make Meaning exhibition and symposium at the University of Brighton featured in the publicity for Brighton Futures – the five themes for research and enterprise at the University of Brighton. ‘The Brighton Futures tackle today’s most pressing challenges through collaborative research and enterprise, generating new insights and practical solutions to improve lives and transform the way we live’, which perfectly reflects the ideas that underpin this project.

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Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft: Pop-Up Exhibition and Drop-in Workshop

I’m really excited to announce that the duster collection and myself will be taking over the workshop area at Ditchling Museum of art & Craft  for the whole of the first weekend in August.  We will be inviting you to view the display of over 100 dusters from individuals who have responded to my call to embroider perspectives on women and domesticity onto a duster from 11am – 5pm on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August. There will also be a drop-in workshop inviting you to begin to stitch your own duster if you wish. The workshop is free with the usual cost to visit the museum, with an optional collection for Women’s Aid if you’d like to contribute.

The duster collection has not been exhibited in it’s entirely since it started in 2014, so there will be some old favourites on display alongside plenty of new additions. If you’d like to stitch a duster beforehand so that yours can be included in the exhibition please contact me for more details.

The duster collection will compliment the current exhibition by Corita Kent, known for her ground-breaking banners and posters. It will be such a privilege to join this work.

I hope to see you there!

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Carnival of Invention

Delighted to be part of the Carnival of Invention conference at the University of Brighton today. Dusters are hung in one of the lecture theatres ready to ‘perform’ alongside other exciting arts based projects. I’ll be running a workshop inviting new embroidered additions to the collection too.

Memory with Christine Chester

It was exciting to see that the duster Christine Chester made for the collection has been featured as part of an interview about her work for textile.org. Her piece ‘memory’ reflected the domestic life of her mother when she found herself caring for a husband with dementia. Christine was one of the first to respond to my call for embroidered dusters and generously hosted the first exhibition at her studio in Eastbourne.

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The full interview with Christine is available here: https://www.textileartist.org/christine-chester-portraits-memory/

Sutton Library Workshop – 12th June

Yesterday was spent at Sutton Library where I met mother and daughter duo Elizabeth and Felicity.

Felicity is just 10 years old; it was great to have younger opinion on the domestic debate. She was dedicated to completing her duster, spending a solid three hours working hard to design and complete her submission. She is pictured here as with her work of art, the first duster to be completed at Sutton. Her duster reads ‘the domestic woman never tires’, it was inspired by the idea of buying this service like a commodity in a catalogue.

Well done Felicity!

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