With a the closing of borders as the world ‘stays at home’, this time is particularly poignant as we maintain social distancing during the Covid 19 pandemic to protect each other and our health services. Never had the world seemed so silent of the sound of human movement as during the Spring 2020.
The connection we have to landscape and place is at the heart of my work and the question ‘What We Value-What We Miss’, formed the basis of my research and exhibition Places, Spaces, Traces for Gypsy Maker 4 in terms of the relationship we have to ‘identity’ and ‘place’. What would you value enough to bring with you if forced to leave your home, and what you would miss if you had to leave it behind? In these strange times, these simple words have equal resonance now we find our lives restricted of movement and not able to see friends or family to share a cuppa or pass the time.
This new work which has it roots in Textile Landscape, has led to an invitation for me to create an installation for exhibition at the Sint-Anna-ten-Drijnse church Antwerp in 2021 through the organisation ANNA3. I have been stitching words as I travelled over the last two years combined with other fragments and pieces generously donated along the way. During the last few months I have been working away and the pieces are coming together. I would like to add some words or even small stitched pieces reflecting on these times and connecting us to each other. Simply email me your words for me to hand stitch or add your own stitched words to a fragment of linen/cotton so I can stitch it to the installation as it progresses (these small stitched fragments will not be be returned)
These are examples of some of themes included.
A treasured flowering plant, one young man I spoke to recently talked of missing his grandmother’s garden and roses in Iran.
The everyday household things cups, saucers and tea things that connect you to family.
Enjoying the birds in a park or the simple act of walking in a sunshine.
Daily cycle or walk in a park./woodland
Connection to family and friends
You are also welcome to create your own stitched sampler with words and images about the things you everyday things you value more or miss (For further details of posting your work to myself or direct to Anna 3 please use the contact form on this website)
Below are examples pieces with words and images, stitched as if quickly handwritten. Many of these pieces have been kindly donated to the project Some have been added to the larger installation, others will be installed separately. My intention is to offer these small pieces to a suitable home as a gesture of friendship after the project is finished (TBC). The materials used in the images are mostly cotton or linen in a neutral or limited colour palette, except for the existing embroidery on the cloth. Everyday household materials handkerchiefs and small napkins/pieces of clothing would be ideal.
Feel free to share your stitched pieces on social media with hashtags #whatwemiss #whatwevalue #everydaythings #covid19
Below: Installation work in progress (title to be revealed later) with stitched words, viewable from the reverse side, added
What We Value/Miss. Work in progress. I intend to start stitching on this in the Autumn/Winter 20/21. I want to add your words to this yet to be identified piece.