Select Festival 2017, Stroud

It’s been a long time since I last added a post. I have been busily involved in making my work for the TSG exhibition DIS/rupt to be shown at the Stroud Select Festival 2017. We were urged to respond to the uncertainty in our world, full of disruption in all sorts of ways.

You can see mini interviews on Studio Postings on the TSG blog. Here are some of my responses to the questions posed by Sheila Mortlock for the blog.

I am interested in the ecology and environment and how landscapes are changing and evolving  and for this exhibition I have been inspired the story of the peat cutting in Ireland where it started as a domestic activity for the home. Over the years, it developed into an industrial process leaving scars in the landscape and using up resources created
over thousands of years.

I have completed two pieces that are inspired by the black bogs and deep trenches created by peat cutting over the centuries. Despite the changes made by human intervention nature takes over eventually and we tend to look upon it and enjoy it as it is.

Sketchbook page

try to record my responses to places that I know, have walked and discovered by following a path, discovering unexpected things and been surprised by what I stumble upon. Peat Lands is the next in my current series of Cloth Stories, as J K Rowling says: ‘There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.’

Peat Lands – fabric and stitch concertina book

Peat Lands revisited is a response to the repetitive mechanical process of peat cutting for commercial use.

Peat Lands revisited – printed crepe de chine

There is a story in everything and there are few places accessible to us that are truly wild and untouched. Despite catastrophic events or intervention by man they still have a beauty of their own as nature takes over. It’s in the making of something that we really get to know it and as I have discovered when dipping my toe into the digital world with the printed silk ‘craft helps to make technology human’.

More information about DIS/rupt can be found on TSG website https://textilestudygroup.wordpress.com and all information and booking details about the programme of workshops which tie into the exhibition and lead by several TSG members can be found on the SIT select website at this link. SIT select 2017

 

 

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About Mary Sleigh

Textile artist, tutor and author - passionate about fabrics, stitching and helping others to develop ideas.
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