N A R R A T I O N S & F A B R I C A T I O N S


    I've recently been stitching wall hangings. Large appliqu├ęd cloths containing quotes. My current work-in-progress has seventy words totalling 457 letters. Each character has been scaled up, traced in reverse, fused to fabric, and then individually cut out with a scalpel. Each word has been ironed to a contrasting fabric strip, backed with a stabliser, stitched, stablising layer removed (in fragments), before being finally measured, re-fused and applied to the background cloth for final stitching.

    Seventy hours and over 1000 metres of thread - so far. It has been labourious and I have become obsessed totting up hours and quantities. The repetitive nature of the different stages has obviously given me too much time to think. Could I have bypassed an element here or there? Would it be more efficient doing it this way rather than that? Making samples at each stage has afforded me choices, but there have been no short cuts.

    Perfectionism can be a crippling trait, and many of my friends (fellow creatives) are the same. We are hard taskmasters, particularly on ourselves, so it can be extremely helpful when someone - whose standards of perfection you trust - says 'Enough!'

    I regularly need to remind myself of the happy accidents that have led me to produce unexpected and joyous results. Random elements within planned work such as the initially patchy transfer printing in my Borders and Boundaries wall hangings that led to me replicate the 'error' throughout the series. I almost always embrace these chance mistakes since their very randomness in my otherwise ordered planning excites me.

    And yet I adore imperfection in things beyond my control, such as the peeling painted doorway (tessellated, above) that reveals decades of layers beneath, and of course, the wonder of imperfect beauty found within the natural world, which forces you to stop and question what you are actually striving for.


    London Group Open 2017 (Part 2)

    Wednesday 22 November - Saturday 1 December

    The Cello Factory, 33-34 Cornwall Road, Waterloo, London SE1 8TJ

    [see link for opening times & related events]

    Winter Open Studios

    Thursday 23rd November (6-9pm)

    Friday 24th / Saturday 25th / Sunday 26th November (11am-6pm)

    Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard,

    Northington Street,

    London, WC1N 2NP

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Artist Jane Hoodless presents a personal glimpse at some criminal, cultural and curious aspects of British social history, and shares a little of the inspiration and research behind the work she creates.

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