|A Model Society (2007)|
Unfortunately there was not enough time to do any knitting at the workshop so after looking round the exhibition we embroidered postcards with our own comments on 'What makes us happy about Birmingham'. I am a Brummie and feel proud of the city I was born in. What makes me happy is the wonderful canal system that wends its way through the city. We have a lot to celebrate about our beautiful city (and anyone that knocks it should visit first) especially since the regeneration of the canal basin so my postcard was a response to that. The finished postcards will be posted to Sarah at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver where her exhibition will transfer to after finishing at Ikon.
This is a great exhibition which in the case of the Icelandic Lopi sweaters and the Donegal Carpet is particularly relevant to my own art practice on embroidery. Sarah Browne exposes how craftsmanship is being destroyed both by the economy and technology. Outsourcing and machine processes are deskilling people and its a great waste of resource, craft and tradition.
If you are a fan of walking there is another exhibition at Ikon well worth seeing, by British artist Hamish Fulton who describes himself as a 'walking artist' but I will tell you more about that in my next post.