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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The dusters are barely down, but they’ll be on the move again later this month, this time to join Chloe Spicer’s wonderful project Object Book, which explores all things bookish. The original dusters were designed to act as prelims for a larger exhibited piece and if we consider that books in their broadest form could be described as collections of information presented in sequence, then the collection of dusters as it stands today is very much in keeping with this theme.
The dusters will be on display at Chloe’s studio from 19th to 31st July, I’m running a drop-in workshop on Sunday 31st July from midday until 3pm. Any dusters received up until the 17th July will be included in that exhibition, and those stitched during the workshop can join the growing collection on it’s travels.
To book into the workshop please follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/workshop-women-domesticity-whats-your-perspective-with-vanessa-marr-tickets-26321952669
Workshop and Studio address: Unit 12 The Long Shop, Merton Abbey Mill, London, SW19 2RD
For more information about Object Book please contact Chloe Spicer directly. http://www.chloespicer.co.uk/
A successful time spent today, with help from Barbara, hanging nearly 100 dusters at Sussex Coast College Hastings. It was lovely also to meet several new potential stitchers who took a duster pack away with them to make a start on.
The exhibition will be up until next Wednesday 28th June. It can also be viewed if you’re visiting the Degree and Diploma Art & Design show from 6-9pm on Friday 24th June.
If anyone is interested in joining the project duster packs, including duster, needle and thread, are also for sale in Plaza Art Supplies at the College for £3 with 50p donated to Women’s Aid for each pack sold. There are also a selection of postcards of dusters from the current collection on sale too.
The details are finally sorted, thanks to help from the lovely Barbara Powell, and I’m excited to announce that next week the entire duster collection will be strung across the the first floor of the stunning atrium area at Sussex Coast College in Hastings.
We are are also running a drop-in workshop on Tuesday 21st June from 12-2pm inviting people to come and join the project by starting to stitch a duster of their own. Do come along and bring friends with you too.
I hope to see you there!