Venice Vending Machine - Venice Agendas -Venice Biennale 2019
Classical Fold 20-20
This work references my former career as a fashion designer. Each season begins or ends with a transition range of garments in black or navy. The designs re-invent wardrobe basics - usually tailored items. In fashion marketing terms they would be referred to as 'classics' or 'must haves'. The work folds into the traditional form of a 'sewing kit' similar to that provided in the complimentary boxes in hotels. Each of the 4 folds in the concertina structure represents a season and in it fabric swatches are held in place by differing arrangements of paper clips. These are in standard use during the sampling of prototypes and hold the textile swatch to the sketch. The folds, slots and flaps can be manipulated by the viewer who is thus involved in the process of making or remaking the piece. By means of a small base structure it can become freestanding. The artwork considers the aspirational promotion of goods, and the unnecessary production of items which market-eers would have us believe are a necessary part of a successful (consumer) lifestyle. As a riposte to consumerism it is made from the cheapest stationary components - textile scraps, paper, card, paperclips and a small length of elastic.
Flowers not Flour
My second submission is part of the ongoing Honouring my Grandmother.... project (See also A Grain of Dirt). I did not inherit my grandma's talent for making cakes and jam tarts. However, I did like to draw round her baking tools. This piece uses baking parchment, wax paper, paint, elastic, card and thread. The flowers are created using a pastry cutter. When folded out from its cardholder the work forms a series of small 3D flowers. Symbolically it refers to my personal social mobility, leaving behind the mining village for big city life, unconventionality. By the age of 22 -25 most of my schoolfriends were married with families.