It is finally done – the first piece of hand-embroidery completed for part of the Royal School of Needlework certificate, thanks to the QEST scholarship. It’s taken over 100 hours – and I love it! This now informs future embroidery application within my broader contemporary photographic practice.
Looking forward to showing my unique works from Constellations and Coordinates with The Photographers’ Gallery at Photo London this May. All colour works are hand-embroidered – I add each thread as individual stitches into small, analogue c-types. They will be showing alongside Meghann Riepenhoff, Vasantha Yogananthan and Chris Steele-Perkins from May 16-19 at Somerset House, London.
When I began to make the Coordinates work I was thinking a lot about boats on the sea, and the figureheads at the front of the boat that see out into the darkness before everyone else. Hovering above the water you look out into thick nothing.
I am so pleased to be able to share news of my solo show which opens in the Print Sales Gallery at The Photographers’ Gallery on March 8th. The work, Constellations and Coordinates, comprises of two parts. Constellations features needle-mark unique black and white hand-prints with numerous perforations made to raise the surface of the image. Coordinates offers a range of highly colourful embroidered pieces, each making a different gesture and offering a point of familiarity in a path of navigation.
A few of my newest hand-marked works will be exhibited in Print Sales Gallery at The Photographers’ Gallery, London from April 27th until June 9th. I am delighted to be included in the show Work in Process alongside Julie Cockburn, Felicity Hammond, Alma Haser and Liz Nielson. More details here.
Pieces from my series “Dragonflies” will be on display, with their hand-marked perforations made slowly on the surface of photographic self-portraits.
This continues as part of my long-term work Armour Studies (Regarding Skin), a consideration of skin as the permeable layer between interior and exterior, and the porous body.