For my site specific piece for designer maker collective MAK9 ’s ‘Draw on the Walls’ exhibition I’ll be creating an embroidery on something other than textiles. The themes of my work include among other things an awareness of gender politics and embroidery as a traditionally female ‘domestic’ art.
As an exploration exercise in stitching non-traditional media I chose this charming object to embellish. It’s a tea infuser, a very domestic item indeed and I love how it’s reminiscent of an acorn. (The oak tree has historic relevance in Derry as the gaelic origin of the city’s name.)
The ready made holes made it perfect for stitching but also limited how and where I could stitch. The end results remind me of snowflakes, and subsequently Scandinavian designs and folk art. Quite fitting for an ‘acorn’ really.
The MAK9 Draw on the Walls exhibition coincides with the 400th anniversary celebrations of Derry-Londonderry’s historic city walls. In addition to the Walls themselves two other locations serve as inspiration for this project, the derelict Boom Hall and the long neglected Deanery Basement where my work is based. You can follow my work in progress in my flickr gallery here. Or visit my blog post about the background of this piece here: site specific embroidery work in progress