'Sea Garlands'.... 2011
...Originating from finding a couple of fishing buoys washed up on the shore whilst out walking the dog one balmy winters morning, the thought that they were lost, or the boat had capsized really got me thinking. The buoys were faded, battered and worn possibly ripped away from their previous life, miles from anywhere, eventually tossed up onto the beach. After researching the plight of our local fishing industry, the lost lives of local fishermen and their boats I was further Inspired by the” Maidens garlands” at Old St Stephens Church, Fylingdales in North Yorkshire where local fishermen were also buried. I felt inspired to create garlands akin to fishing buoys as a mark of respect, a tribute to them. Using embroidery rings – readymade - as my frames - I embroidered, printed, painted markings, lost boat names and numbers onto re-cycled materials and fabrics of varying transparency. Suspending them together, as you often associate with buoys, subtle glimpses and reflections invite the viewer to be able to see through the creations depicting a distant thought, a memory. I feel the composition of everyday items, images, sizes and colours heightens the impact.
|black and white photo of Maidens garland, Old St Stephens Church|
|Embroidery rings encasing mixed media materials.|
Machine embroidery name of sank fishing boat
stretched across and trapped with threads.
|water colour on glass ...a window through to distant memories...|
the mirror gives you a chance to become a part of the installation!