Emotional Repair covers a wide range of personal and emotive subjects focused around loss and remembering and includes work made over the last two years as well as brand new pieces inspired by my research visits to Gawthorpe Textiles Collection in 2015 & 2017. Much of this work is deeply personal and touches on subjects which are hard to talk about so it may seem strange that I want to share them in this very public way, but we all know just how healing and cathartic it can be to make things when having a tough time. Textiles have such strong associations with domesticity, personal lives and family memory that they are the perfect means to express emotional stories. For me this works so well with the Gawthorpe Textile Collection, although Miss Rachel didn’t collect with this emotional response in mind, it is still one woman’s personal selection and it is displayed and preserved in her family home which brings an intimacy and personality beyond most museum collections. I aim to make pieces which are subtle, full of depth and open to personal interpretation and which intrigue the viewer as much as the historic textiles with their unknown emotional stories.
This exhibition is at National Trust Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, Lancashire 28th March – 24th June 2018. Weds – Sun 12-5pm. Free with normal hall entry, £6 for adults and free for National Trust members.
It will also be shown at Llantarnam Grange Art Centre, Wales, in summer 2019 as part of a larger solo exhibition.
Events programme at Gawthorpe
Masterclass Friday 18th May, 10.30-3.30. £55 including materials.
Makers in Museums Seminar Day Weds 6th June 11.00-16.30. £12 plus £6 hall entry (free for National Trust members)
I am gradually adding pages for each work / group below