Zenith 150: Visual Arts Graduating Exhibition

Zenith 150: Southbank Institute of Technology graduating exhibition

12-16th November, 2013.

My Mother’s Hands Parts I – V

This installation is an adaptation of a type of Norwegian embroidery known as hardanger. Linen cloth and thread has been replaced with three layers of gridded wire mesh and 0.7 mm diameter galvanized wire. This technique had to be modified slightly due to the differences between wire and cotton thread. It was initially, inspired by a piece of linen hardanger that my maternal Oma (grandmother) embroidered.

On the surface embroidery essentially serves one purpose, a decorative one. But this dismisses the deeper connotations of heritage, family and the ‘act of doing’. By attempting to replicate this technique in wire, the ideas of strength, rigidity and adaptation are introduced without compromising on beauty and delicacy.

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