So I have been in the studio gluing together all manner of old tins…tea tins, biscuit tins, lockable pirate themed tins.. to make plinths for a few of my shamanic animals. They’re off to Temple Works in Leeds on Sunday to take part in The Guild, an exhibition of contemporary textile arts. Here they are testing out their new perches in the studio.
I went to visit the space the other week and was blown away by the facade of the building – it’s a Victorian homage to an Egyptian temple. Apparently it had a roof garden complete with grazing sheep. The interior is not as flashy, being an industrial space, and so I’ve been think of ways to display my work that are more interesting and befitting of the environment.
I also had a chance to unroll and have a really good look at a beautiful Edwardian Trade Union banner which will be hung as part of the show. It’s incredibly fragile but with colours that are still vibrant. In a political climate where unions and workers are being stripped of their rights, it is a poignant reminder of past struggles. It was probably carried with pride in the General Strike. It’s worth the trip to the show just to see the banner. Here are a couple of shots I took.