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Jerwood Makers Commission, 2013

‘Sea of Faith’ - hand stitch on wool, 250 x 150cm

In 2013 I was one of the selected artists for the Jerwood Makers award, which culminated in a touring exhibition beginning at the Jerwood Space in London (pictured), then to the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney and the Ruthin Craft Centre in Wales. This commission enabled me to embark on a research trip to India to visit the Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, where I worked with aerial photographers to gather first hand imagery to create my most personally significant work of the ‘Interpersonal Spatial Arrangement’ series.

“I wanted to be able to have an even greater depth of meaning to my work, and gain an insight into the nature of this particular crowd. It is the largest gathering of humans on the planet and I was intrigued to see first hand that number of people in one place, and experience the faith and devotion that drives so many to the river Ganges.”

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The final work took an intense three months to produce, involving an intricate studio set-up and production system for mapping out and stitching a piece this large - including translating the original photograph into a drawing, tracing the basic outlines of the shapes onto the fabric, and a grid system to keep track of the progress.


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