International Women’s Day 2017 – University of Brighton workshop

We had a really great day on Wednesday, with a steady flow of staff and students joining me to share ideas and stitch their own dusters. We’re looking forward to the the next exhibition, which will be held at the University from 24th March.

Any new submissions reaching me by 18th March can be included.

Here are some pictures from the day:

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New Work!

Work in progress from Karen Morgan –  a Momento Mori with a message about the futility of housework…

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…and a completed piece from Amanda Bright, exploring the notion of home acting as a domestic anchor.

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P.O.V Exhibition

Very excited to announce that a selection of new dusters from this project will be included in this exhibition at the Project 78 Gallery in St Leonards, near Hastings. The organisers have selected about 15 dusters from the collection for this unique exhibition.

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There is also another exhibition planned, which will include the whole collection, in March at the University of Brighton’s Grand Parade site. Details to follow.

Work in progress

This is my work in progress, exploring collage as a new means of embellishing the dusters following the recent workshop at the University of Brighton. Nearly completed, just need to find the right words to finish it off…

I’m thinking it should say: Why do you still persist in making… an object out of me?

Any suggestions?

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Collaged dusters

The first few completed submissions are coming in, following the successful workshop that I ran at the University of Brighton a few weeks ago. Many thanks to Laura James and Jenny Embelton for their dusters, pictured below.

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Collage/Duster Stitching Workshop at the University of Brighton

I was delighted to run a  workshop at the University of Brighton today, with help from my friend and colleague collage artist Paul Burgess, as part of the Celebrating Research activities that are running this week for both staff and students.

In response to a discussion in the summer with other University colleagues I wanted to explore how the process of embroidering a duster could be extended into something slightly more visually immediate, with appeal to a broader range of participants.

We continued to use the traditional yellow duster as a canvas, but this time the dusters were both stitched into and collaged upon. Stitching became the glue and a collection of advertisements from the 1950’s plus recipes, hardware catalogues and several copies of Vogue, were collaged with inspiration from artists such as Hannah Hoch and Linder Sterling.

Messages that the media uses to influence the way women and girls behave (such as the examples below) were explored, subverted and recreated.

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Here are some pictures of work in progress, from a very calm and rewarding morning. More to follow when the finished articles start to arrive on my desk.

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Object Book Workshop

We had a wonderful day in sunny Merton delivering a workshop for Object Book with Chloe Spicer. It was great to meet some really interesting new people and gain a few more duster stitching recruits (the youngest of whom is just 5 years old!) Thank you to Chloe and her family for making the dusters and myself so welcome.

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Dusters on display at Object Book

Yesterday morning I met with Chloe Spicer of Object Book and hung the dusters up in her sunny studio at Merton Abbey Mills where she runs a wide variety of bookish workshops The dusters will be on display for the next couple of weeks so if you live nearby do pop in and see them.

I’ll also be running a drop in workshop on Sunday 31st July between 11.30 and 3.30 pm. All welcome!

Workshop and Studio address: Unit 12 The Long Shop, Merton Abbey Mill, London, SW19 2RD

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