Make a brew, warm your cockles and here are some updates;
So August went by in a flash, and happily I can begin to share some fruits of collective labours created with co-artists & friends now that autumn has arrived, and the turn into the darker side of the year has begun.
In early August I had a lovely visit from photographic artist Grace Gelder; a childhood friend who hasn’t changed a bit since we learnt to swim together over twenty years ago (possibly more like thirty years ago!!). The day was spent finding a way into a visual storytelling narrative for the themes behind my weaving work and upcoming exhibition. I invited Grace to join myself and fellow storytellers and wild women Alison Martin Lloyd, Abbie Simmonds (with baby Arlen) and Alice Clayton, down at Brighton Naturist Beach to work out some images of tableaus and moments within the myth of The Selkie folktale; women, mothers, sisters, gathering in their seal-skins from the water, working and existing between sea and land. We worked with my woven textiles as symbolic Selkie-pelts, the weather was suitable bright and wild, and of course we ended up in the sea, both clothed and unclothed. It was a wonderful way to get an energised, rich and varied photoset, and these images will be used in press release material and in an upcoming publication, but that’s news for another day…
Looking ahead to December 9th 2017, Grace & I have joined forces to facilitate an image-making workshop at Conway Hall, London, combining myth, story and photography, based on the work we created at The Selkie photoshoot. Grace recognised the need to create contemporary images of the Wild Feminine, representing womanhood and archetypes which are incredibly rich ground for all image-makers. Details below, booking essential;
And I’m very excited to tell you that I’ve been booked to host a two-day weaving and storytelling workshop with Stance at Tate Modern next February; final dates are to be confirmed, so more details to follow, but the larger event is on the themes of production, identity & heritage. In the meantime do have a look at the current programme of events at Tate Modern.
Wishing you a very happy & creative week,
The Selkie, a work by Imogen Di Sapia; handwoven blanket, worn by Abbie Simmonds & baby Arlen.
Image copyright Grace Gelder 2017, not to be reproduced without permission. http://gracegelder.co.uk