Continuum members Carl Anthony Irving, Wendy Irving, Nicky Lawrence and Jo Lovelock share their responses to South Hill Park with their submissions for INTERWOVEN.
My work examines identity especially through immigration and the idea that a new hybrid identity might form when a person is caught between two cultures.
Whilst looking at the life of Francis Watts, who lived at South Hill Park with her husband after they met in India, I chose the paisley motif as it is found in both British and Indian designs. It is loaded with history and culture in both India and the United Kingdom.
This work is hand woven on a table loom using a draft made up of three overshot patterns and using a hand manipulated technique.
The yarn is hand dyed cotton and gold thread and is designed to be hung as framed wall art.
The chair cushion is made up of cotton and hand dyed cotton/wool mix for the Paisley overshot design. It was handwoven by me and connects with the wall panel above. Carl Anthony Irving made the chair. Stitched Up was a collaboration between Carl and myself.
BRINGING THE PAST INTO THE LIGHT
This installation brings elements of the history of South Hill Park into the light.
Lesser-known people and historical events are revisited across 5 backlit glass panels. In 'Bringing the Past into the Light', Nicky likes to think the voices from the past are being heard.
The glass has been slumped(shaped), sandblasted and then back lit.
This body of work was created using maps of South Hill Park and the surrounding area.
The woven structure of the pieces represents the fact that South Hill Park is an integral part of the community, connecting and bringing people together.
Working directly on maps, my work explores the continual transformation of our towns and cities.
Searching for new patterns or directions in our fragmented and interwoven lives; seeking harmony amongst the chaos and discord that surrounds us.
INTERWOVEN Part 3