With the dust of the residency beginning to settle and the works in a place of pride in the MARS gallery of theGRID, life is returning to normal. I have time to reflect, and post a behind-the-scenes montage of the making of Humine Spongiform II – Advancement.
Is montage even the right word for it? Anyway, here we go; 
First, we start with the raw materials:

I spent months on these in the lead up to my residency. They take between 7 – 25 minutes each to make. You’d think with the time spent on making these individual items, I would have a name for them now, but no.

First class potato bag. I only work with the finest materials.

Fact: When you take the seams out of a hessian potato sack, you have the start of a long, narrow rug. A hallway runner perhaps?

When you sew a series of long, narrow strips of hessian together, you have the start of a long, wide rug. Usually, for less than $5.

Crocheting or blanket stitch around the edges increases strength of work in travelling and storage.

Hard to believe, but this has been through a washing machine at least once.
Then, you begin the painstaking process of sewing each individual piece onto the work. Try to remember to take photos of the work at regular intervals, or it may look strange in retrospective posts.

You sew….
and sew…

Some nights, gnomes take a break from cobbling shoes and do several feet of rug for you…

Then you take some happy snaps….
And keep sewing.
Stitch stitch stitch.

Note to future GRID residents: bring suncream for the back of your neck.
Not much to go now!

In almost no time at all, this work is nearly done (lie).

The last of the woollen tubing on the left.
 I didn’t want any leftover pieces, so it was (mostly) good when I ran out early. From then on, I custom made the pieces. This took much longer than I would have liked.

Now, for the heart-stopping moment of happiness;
Last. Piece.
 Question for all artists, textile and non-textile craftspeople: In the final moments of creation, when that last small detail is falling into place, what is your emotion? Also, how do you feel, physically?
Ecstatic, nauseated, proud, protective: this is how I feel when I finish a large-scale work. On a small scale work, I also feel these emotions. But on a smaller scale. 

This work is currently being exhibited at the MARS gallery in theGRID space in 488 Ruthven St, Toowoomba City. After that…?

Please continue to watch this space. And thank you for watching it previously.

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
This entry was posted in Crochet & Knitting, Rugging, theGRID. Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to theWORK

  1. Melita says:

    It looks really great at the gallery. I hope appreciate the amount of time that has gone into this piece.

  2. DQ says:

    I hate this (lie).

What did you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s