Research Point 1: Artists working with found, recycled, worn or discarded materials

 

For this research point, I did spend some time looking at other artists and designers however my interest went back to Celia Pym, which I put off looking at merely because it seemed like an obvious choice, however I have known of her work vaguely for a while, and then having listened to her interview on Woman’s Hour having been selected as one of the finalists for the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize I decided I was so drawn to her work that I would focus on her.

I like what she has to say about understanding people and how they might live their lives by engaging in more depth with their clothes, the worn ones. Interesting to hear that she has found how people place value on their clothes and often the items they want to have mended are not always the expensive ones it is their favourite item, the one they feel most comfortable in and that they count on. She selects the work based on what people give her, however she stresses in her interview that she is not a ‘recycler’.

This interests me in the way I might select my materials. I have chosen not to buy any new fabrics for this project but to choose from what I have a round me. This is partly a way of keeping myself in check and to help with decision making (see this post where I discuss how a dialogue with my tutor reminds me to keep a limited ‘palette’)

Something about the darning and the way a problem like a hole is solved through delicate stitching is beautiful. Again, this links to theme of Wabi-Sabi.

This influences my decisions with stitch, and how I can relate this to some of the drawings and paper manipulation samples that I am using in particular to inform my final pieces for this assignment.

y interest went back to Celia Pym, which I put off looking at merely because it seemed like an obvious choice, however I have known of her work vaguely for a while, and then having listened to her interview on Woman’s Hour having been selected as one of the finalists for the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize.

I like what she has to say about understanding people and how they might live their lives by engaging in more depth with their clothes, the worn ones. Interesting to hear that she has found how people place value on their clothes and often the items they want to have mended are not always the expensive ones it is their favourite item, the one they feel most comfortable in and that they count on.

This interests me in the way I might select my materials. I have chosen not to buy any new fabrics for this project but to choose from what I have a round me. This is partly a way of keeping myself in check and to help with decision making (see this post where I discuss how a dialogue with my tutor reminds me to keep a limited ‘palette’)

Something about the darning and the way a problem like a hole is solved through delicate stitching is beautiful. Again, this links to theme of Wabi-Sabi,

This influences my decisions with stitch, and how I can relate this to some of the drawings and paper manipulation samples that I am using in particular to inform my final pieces for this assignment.

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