I make work to make sense of the world – Commissioned for an exhibition that took Irish poets writing as a starting point for a touring show which started at the Irish Crafts Council
The work in the show is part of a larger project - an attempt to combine the two worlds I work and teach in - textiles and the book – through folding – traditional bookbinding and textiles – smocking.
Developing a visual language to enable one to be able to talk – to communicate with an audience. Learning a skill means living that knowledge Fluency of knowledge is not taken for granted Learning a skill is not the same as being an expert Learning a skill is hard and demoralising
Where does this come from – my early life Peter Dormer - described Craft knowledge as tacit knowledge - Knowledge that is gained through experience.
The idea of a developing particular touch – watching my relatives – understand materials – wood and its specific and particular uses.
Craft knowledge is learned practically – experienced Craft skill is knowledge that must be demonstrated
Familiarity Constant exposure to an idea the ability - to discriminate between similar but different
Developing concepts through the hand – through touch – haptic experience Leads to ideas - such as manipulation as sequence
Reflecting on practice
Creation of ways of working Limited edition
Creation of production lines Boccia – commissioned by Essex CC for journey to the podium – Olympics
My history is a Memory Nothing physical
Testimony – change personal - Visibility and presence
making sense of the world
Manual projects around change
Lowestoft – Suffolk CC Planning and Transport Department
Norwich – City Council
Diss – Morrisosns
Colchester – The Hyde – Essex CC
Apologetic – not real art
Secrets – for others to find
Relationship to audience – changes Ritual Collaboration with jonathan keep Chelsea – origin
Secrets – for others to find Men – poet Michael Blackburn - University of Essex – typography residency
Dividing space – residency at Camden Arts Centre
Cosmic maths – commissioned by Manchester Metropolitan University as part of a residency More about play Enabling audiences to bring themselves Space for the viewer Making work that can't be wrong – dismissing text – enabling
Bookmare presentation with notes
the bookskill testimony revelation via the production line
SkillOrigin:1150–1200; Middle English skilien < Old Norse skilja to distinguish,divide, akin to skil ( see skill 1 ), Old English scylian to separate,Gothic skilja butcher, Lithuanian skélti to splitnoun1. the ability, coming from ones knowledge, practice, aptitude, etc.,to do something well: Carpentry was one of his many skills.2. competent excellence in performance; expertness; dexterity:The dancers performed with skill.3. a craft, trade, or job requiring manual dexterity or special training in whicha person has competence and experience: the skill of cabinetmaking.4. Obsolete . understanding; discernment.5. Obsolete . reason; cause.
Richard Serra, "Verb List Compilation: Actions to Relate to Oneself"[1967-1968]
TO ROLL TO FLOW TO ARRANGE TO MODULATETO CREASE TO SWIRL TO REPAIR TO DISTRILLTO FOLD TO ROTATE TO DISCARD OF WAVESTO STORE TO SMEAR TO PAIR OF ELECTROMAGNETICTO BEND TO FLOOD TO DISTRIBUTE OF INERTIATO SHORTEN TO FIRE TO SURFEIT OF IONIZATIONTO TWIST TO IMPRESS TO SCATTER OF POLARIZATIONTO TWINE TO INLAY TO COMPLEMENT OF REFRACTIONTO DAPPLE TO LIFT TO ENCLOSE OF SIMULTANEITYTO CRUMPLE TO CURVE TO SURROUND OF TIDESTO SHAVE TO SUPPORT TO ENCIRCLE OF REFLECTIONTO TEAR TO HOOK TO HIDE OF EQUILIBRIUMTO CHIP TO SUSPEND TO COVER OF SYMMETRYTO SPLIT TO SPREAD TO WRAP OF FRICTIONTO CUT TO HANG TO DIG TO STRETCHTO SEVER OF TENSION TO TIE TO BOUNCETO DROP OF GRAVITY TO BIND TO ERASETO REMOVE OF ENTROPY TO WEAVE TO SPRAYTO SIMPLIFY OF NATURE TO JOIN TO SYSTEMATIZETO DIFFER OF GROUPING TO MATCH TO REFERTO DISARRANGE OF LAYERING TO LAMINATE TO FORCETO SHAVE OF FELTING TO BOND OF MAPPINGTO OPEN TO COLLECT TO HINGE OF LOCATIONTO MIX TO GRASP TO MARK OF CONTEXTTO SPLASH TO TIGHTEN TO EXPAND OF TIMETO KNOT TO BUNDLE TO DILUTE TO TALKTO SPILL TO HEAP TO LIGHT OF PHOTOSYNTHESIS 67-68TO DROOP TO GATHER TO REVISE OF CARBONIZATION TO CONTINUE
testimonyOrigin:1350–1400; Middle English < Latin testimōnium, equivalent to testi ( s ) witness +mōnium –monynoun, plural tes·ti·mo·nies.1. Law . the statement or declaration of a witness under oath or affirmation, usually incourt.2. evidence in support of a fact or statement; proof.3. open declaration or profession, as of faith.4. Usually, testimonies. the precepts of God.5. the Decalogue as inscribed on the two tables of the law, or the ark in which the tables were kept. Ex. 16:34; 25:16.
revelationOrigin: 1275–1325; Middle English revelacion (< Old French ) < Late Latin revēlātiōn- (stem of revēlātiō ), equivalent to Latin revēlāt ( us ) (past participle of revēlāre to reveal) + -iōn- -ionnoun5. the act of revealing or disclosing; disclosure.2. something revealed or disclosed, especially a striking disclosure, as ofsomething not before realized.3. Theology .a. Gods disclosure of Himself and His will to His creatures.b. an instance of such communication or disclosure.c. something thus communicated or disclosed.d. something that contains such disclosure, as the Bible.