It’s not unusual for me to take the scissors to a fabric work in progress but I rarely hack away half in one go. But sometimes it just has to be done. Anyone who has ever made anything knows the feeling – it’s just not working – but a frequent sin is to fall in love with ones own work, or perhaps just not be able to see where it’s going wrong. I suppose that’s what editors are for.
This was my final piece for the MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking an it is currently half on display at the Royal West of England gallery as part of their annual open exhibition. I say half because although I submitted it as a sculpture and wanted it shown in the whole it has been placed against a black curtain. Still we do what we can and endure what we must.
Welcome to Fukushima – kimono rear
Welcome to Fukushima – kimono front
The work references Japanese Boro coats, hand-me-downs that were patched repeatedly and passed on to succeeding generations. In the later half of the 20thC they became collectable and examples can be found in museums and galleries, such as Sri, prices on application! Interestingly the V & A gallery in London has a, ‘Make your own: Japanese ‘Boro’ bag‘ .pdf instruction.
There are many examples of Boro on pinterest, and some excellent information courtesy of Heddels.
This quilt was completed earlier this year. It is made from organic fabrics supplied by the Organic Textile Company who are based in Machynlleth and are partnered with Ganesh in Kerela, India. I would like to buy all their fabric, I have to keep off their web site.