I bet you didn't expect another blog post today. But after hearing the news earlier I just couldn't wait to tell you all. This year I have been shortlisted for The Qube Open Arts Exhibition. Two of my pieces will go up in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition, before being judged by an independent panel and visitors to the gallery. I've had work in one of these exhibitions before and was so amazed at the quality and range of work on display. I can't wait. So you wonder.... what work is going up in the gallery? I have been working on the theme 'migration' looking at the battle to get to safety and freedom by many refugees. I will give you photos and a brief explanation for now, but soon I will give you a full artist statement. The first piece is a life jacket which has been embroidered with many of the names of refugees which have died on their travels to a safer country. I wanted to make a statement and a place where these people weather old, young or babies can be remembered. It was sad to find some only hours old having died upon this journey. Even harder maybe was the difficulty in finding the names of those who have died, so instead I have sewn the dates and the horrendous number or missing or dead.
The second piece is thinking about freedom and using embroidered butterflies to symbolize this. Resting on the fragile threads with powerful words written on them in pure white. 'Hope' 'Freedom' 'Safe'
Louise is an Textile Artist/ Designer and Secondary Art Teacher. www.louiseswanton.com