In 2009 I curated an exhibition called Making & Mending for Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery (later known as Smiths Row), which looked at artists who used physical and metaphorical notions of healing in their practice – repaired quilts, darned jumpers, restorative discussions, socially engaged practices that attempted to make things better for objects, communities, … More An Introduction to the Make It Ok Project – from Damage & Repair Symposium, UCA Farnham, 2 March 2016
The project came directly out of my research in early 2008 for the Michael Swaine ‘Door to Door Darning’ project, and was an eclectic mixture of textile artists engaged in use of the actual darn, and other visual artists whose concentrated on community engagement projects, attempting to make things better for members of the public. … More Making and Mending – the original exhibition in 2009
Michael Swaine darns at the Alexandra Palace bus-stop, October 2008. Photo by Rob Kennard. This was an important project, in two ways. It was the first for which I received direct Arts Council England support, rather than via an organisation (although it was a feature at 2008 The Knitting and Stitching Show, and the then … More Door to Door Darning with Michael Swaine, 2008
The Crafts Study Centre, in collaboration with the International Textile Research Centre for Textiles at the University for the Creative Arts, is presenting the touring exhibition entitled “What Do I Need to Do to Make it Ok?” from 5 January to 5 March 2016. There will be two events open to the public. A CONVERSATION … More “Make it OK” at the Crafts Study Centre: a conversation and a symposium
As well as the review of “What Do I Need to Do to make it OK? by Jessica Hemmings in the November 2015 issue of Crafts there is now a review in the current issue of The Quilter, by the editor Anne Williams. It’s the Winter 2015 issue (no. 145) of The Quilter, the quarterly … More Review of ‘Make it Ok’ by Anne Williams
Artist Kate Tiernan interviewed me about “Make it OK” for Studio International at the Pump House Gallery recently, and their creative director Martin Kennedy has turned it into a film.
There’s been a lot of work going on with this project in July. As well as the above logo, designed for me by The Unloved, I’ve now added pages to this site that profile all five artists, and details of the tour. We have also launched a call out via the Crafts Study Centre for … More Make it Ok – further information and a symposium