Thursday, 17 May 2012

Excerpt from my opening address at the Fibreworks VII Contexturise Exhibition


A Passage from my opening address at the Fibreworks exhibition, Contexturise at the Faculty of Art and Design Gallery - 16 May 2012:

Let me speak here only of impressions, trend, mark and meaning.
Submerged kimonos and an Ukeo-E geisha embroidery.
A kimono become designer labels −
A work that seamlessly joins in terms unresolved,
The implacable relationship of the material East to the West.
Postages, love letters, and some travel implied.
Harbingers of the indexical time of making. As if
A shared past belonging to both maker and viewer;
But invariably unique.

Engorged and engorging textured fabrics,
Knitted, crocheted, embroidered, quilted, felted – felt.
A textile carnival and lent – flesh and bone,
Guts and entrails. Cones and squares,
Small, smaller, smallest, the chirosophy of hand and machine.
These cyborg hatchlings.

The ‘carte de tendre’ revisited here –
Rivers of thread and cartographic appliqué, still reliquary forms Hanging mantles of metaphor, mark and meaning.
Further, deconstructed dress. Cut apart
And patterned on the present – yellow numbers seem important

Silken thread, cocoons and insect life
Seen and ripped from the invisible
Economy of farming and production.
Animal presence in medium and made of medium,
Cloaking the human, wearing the body

See the full speech at:


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