A quick series of screen prints that I made at Double Elephant print workshop in Exeter a few weeks ago. They are an abstract interpretation of the moon rising over a city and (loosely) use the suffagrette colours. I have written more about them here. I will be selling them at the Rasied by Feminists stall at Ladyfest on 8th October.
A couple of weeks ago I went to Seville for the 5th Annual International Health Humanities Cinference. I went with my Mum and Patchwork Stories partner to run a 50 minute workshop and to give a paper on the storytravelling method. It was great to work together in a different environment than usual and, to tell our story of working together as a Mother and Daughter and how Patchwork Stories was born . I think it was incredibly helpful (at least for me) to get the opportunity to really think about and lay down in simple terms what the core of PS and story travelling really is.
I made a presentation for our paper that I will be uploading here soon.
Last week my sister Izzy, came up to Sheffield to stay with me and do some work together. She is a dancer and director/film maker based in London and we wanted to play around with ideas of nudity, femininity and oppression; we only had 48 hours together it was important to us that we make something real in that time. We played in my studio, using our bodies, pegs and yarn.
I wrote a poem which informed our work, while Izzy had an image for a scene in her mind. Izzy is editing the film together and will be working with producer and editor Harvey Cash to develop our film. I have also written a which will inform their edit.
The things that are imposed onto our bodies (as western, straight, white women) by society and culture might not be the worst things women are experiencing. They are not life threatening or massively dangerous (although they can be) but they do matter, they build up over time - and leave a mark.
This is the place where stories are softened.
A space filled with silence.
Sit on the straw,
the rhythm of days
For a moment.
This is the place where stories start.
A space to shout.
Emotions run, overlapping and scoring the way.
Stand on the bricks
coming forth in a tidal wave.
This is the place for mothers and daughters.
A space filled with the bodies of the moon.
A gift for my Grandmother on her 84th birthday. It has become the start of a series exploring the role of the moon in celebrating the matriarch and stories of mothers, daughters.
Yesterday I started my most ambitious woven piece yet. I feel like over my residency my weaving skills have grown massively and I am really excited to make something big to reflect that! This piece is going to be part of my RISE series, although haven't decided yet if it will have it's own name and story.
On Friday we (myself, Sarah and Leo) are having an open studios at Bankley Studios and Gallery. Unfortunately I won't be there - I am going to Seville for the International Health Humanities Conference to talk about story travelling and run a Patchwork Stories mini workshop. However, if you want to see some of what I've been up to - head to Bankley from 7-9 on Friday, there is an exhibition opening then, too.