Title: Hidden Value, Points of Tension. An Investigation into Embroidery Practices in the Context of Socially Engaged Art
The purpose of this research is to re-assess embroidery in relation to socially engaged art practice and investigate the role of a maker within this field. The study will offer new insight into socially engaged art and shed light on the experiences of craft practitioners, as Harper (2012) acknowledges this has been overlooked in academic epistemologies. It will explore if embroidery lacks visibility because the stereotyping of hand sewing as benign, non-threatening and decorative still remains. Similarly, what part do the associations with low status community arts play in this, despite Kester’s acknowledgement that artists including Hirschhorn employ methodologies redolent of these community arts?
Title: Within, Between and Beyond: an enquiry into ‘the fold’ as a model of non-linear interconnectedness through textile thinking and practice
Textile thinking can weave difficult concepts and questions raised by quantum physics together with an interrogation of materials to create artworks that present an interconnected, holistic position in concrete form.
Textile thinking is a means to analyse and examine ideas originating from quantum physics by translating them to sensory objects. Materials are folded together to become mediations of a set of ideas. The ideas are paradoxical and difficult to understand intellectually, however, my artworks communicate them by appealing to the senses and a gestalt perception.
Title: Drawing Water, Drawing Breath, Drawing Thread, the body as a transformative medium for the spation-temporal interpretation of the littoral in cloth
My understanding of epidemiology and anatomy offers a unique perspective through which to consider the materialisation of space and time. In fusing my clinical professional knowledge and skills with my creative practice, this research will explore ontology of space and time with reference to the Mikhail Bakhtin’s concepts of chronotope and unfinalisability and the Japanese aesthetic of Ma.
Title: Embroidering and the Body Under Threat: Suffragette Cloths Embroidered In Holloway Prison 1911 - 1912
Cloths associated with British suffragettes 1905-1914, particularly those embroidered in prison, will be the focus of this study, situating the research within a discrete time frame and social space: a time-space of entanglement between women’s production of embroidery and the seeking of political representation. This research will seek to answer the overarching question, ‘Why did suffragettes embroider in prison?’ My experiential knowledge of embroidering and textile processes will inform the research throughout.
Title: Resist Dyeing: metaphorical and performance meanings in modern and contemporary cloth.
The investigation aims to develop a critical perspective of resist dyeing within the vacant spaces between historical surveys and technical handbooks. The research will explore the transition from traditional practice to modern and contemporary cloth. It will question how processes of resist dyeing, their associated substances and dyestuffs reveal metaphorical meaning, and how contrasting sites of practice convey materiality, gesture and concept. The research will consider how individual and cultural identity is reflected in resist dyeing, through an understanding of performance in making.
Title: Self-imposed alienation: art residency and the expanded field of drawing as mechanisms for phenomenological interrogation of retreat.
This practice-based and practice-led project will interrogate the notion of retreat in the context of contemporary, art-residencies and how these periods of self-imposed alienation act as circumstances for drawing based, phenomenological research into subconscious desire for, and response to places of respite and retreat.
Investigations will interrogate how retreat and respite might alter the experience of time and enable the place of retreat to be inhabited with heightened consciousness, affording insight into subconscious concerns, illuminated through a serial drawing and making practice. Such concerns as might be concealed in and by the workaday.
Title: Re-activating the textile archive through the interpretative object
This study focuses on the fabric samples and documentation of the furniture company Parker Knoll Ltd, part of the Frederick Parker Collection. This archive is an under researched and under theorised resource, particularly in a creative context. The anonymous and neglected fabric samples are unknown to the textile community and this will be the first critical study.
Title: In-Between – Whitework and Indigo Resist. (tbc)
This research is situated in a space between cultural boundaries, metaphorically represented between an Indian whitework embroidery and the indigo resist-print cloth ishweshwe. The broader context is the intersection between textile culture, art and postcolonial critique.