drawn threads – stitching memories

Bookbinding is the process of physically assembling a book from an ordered stack of paper sheets that are folded together into sections or sometimes left as a stack of individual sheets. The stack is then bound together along one edge by either sewing with thread through the folds or by a layer of flexible adhesive.”


As an artist I have spoken before about my fascination with the depth and complexity that can be gained through the layering of information types.

Memory Messages is perhaps a little different. Here layers of recollection will literally be drawn together to form a different perspective on a unique landscape. These individual perceptions, these written windows through which we can explore a location, aims to allows us to view a landscape through eyes that are not our own. Neither are they the artists. Personal /biographical accounts are offered as positions to be contemplated, they are an alternative viewing platform in which the audience can dip and delve, leave and return to, much like the act of visitation.

Here the artist is acting as editor, however there is no redaction in the process. All memory donations will be presented raw and unfiltered, ordered but imperfect in their honesty and truth.

I was once told that the Cumbrian landscape is a palimpsest, a surface written on and then scraped away, reused and retold with different voices. Memory Messages aims to look at all the layers.

For more information about the project and the artists in residence programme that gave rise to it visit The Shining Tree.


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