Synergy Lincs – collaborative piece

Synergy Lincs is supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England

There is still time to view the Synergy Lincs project exhibition at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum.  All work was informed by the groups and individuals we worked with over the course of the project….an overview is on the information board.  We decided in the end not to write a description alongside each piece of work, but instead allow the viewer to be unrestricted by detailed information – however if you’re interested in my thinking behind my work, I’ve elaborated below.

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This is a section of our collaborative work.  Ernie is a 2D artist working in pencil, charcoal, oils and watercolour; I’m a 3D textile artist.  We wanted to combine our artform and challenge each other to work in a different way.  This piece is unfinished, on purpose…we will continue.

I used photographic transfer images on fabric, kantha stitch, embroidery, felt and applique using both paper and textiles to cut through the sketched landscape with industrial buildings and a day-glo intrusive carpet of oilseed rape – once used to fuel lamps and now promoted as a challenger to ‘extra virgin olive oil’.  Worth bearing in mind it’s lust for leaching nitrates into the waterways and the vast amount of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides used during it’s growing season.

Shadowy, often indistinguishable figures lurk in the reed beds in the foreground …overlooked, ignored and trapped by materialism while the richly embellished forms fly free from responsibility above.  But of course you may see it differently.

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We both found that because of the size of this piece it was very difficult to find an area large enough to work on it.  However we were also adamant that it needed to be this large.

The initial background was created at Unique Cottage Studios’ workshop space, we then took turns to develop the landscape.  For me stitching and working at the edges of the paper was fine but to reach into the centre was a real trial…I found the easiest way was to lay the whole piece across my kitchen table and crawl underneath with my needle then crawl out again to pull it through from above – a long and slow process.  I could have done with another pair of hands!


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