We spent our time together this week finishing off our pieces and making decisions about how they are going to be displayed in the exhibition.
Sarah and Katie tagteam stitching.
Suzanne and Keara finishing their work.
We tried the finished pieces against different coloured backgrounds to see what the effect was.More about the exhibition in the coming days!
Several stitchers in the group and near to completing their pieces.
Lucy’s work has developed from her original plate…
She has added seaweed and pebbles to dramatic effect…
Here she is stitching
Katie has also been adding shells to her piece
…as has Emily
We’ve got to the point where we are all making creative decisions about how our coast-inspired pieces are going to look. Working on our separate canvasses whilst sharing the space is delightful.
detail from her piece
detail form her piece
We used the prints and rubbings we made last time and other fabrics to create ‘plates’ for sewing onto in future sessions. We ripped the fabrics and arranged them how we liked them and stuck them down.
While they were drying we had a go at Free Stitching, Free Stitching means you can put your stitches anywhere you like, so you can make patterns if you want to, but you can also do something less fixed, even chaotic.
Katie stitching. She decided afterwards that these shapes looked like fish.
Jackie stitched a picture of her house.
Keara stitched some stars.
Emily and her cross stitch.
Richard attempted chaos.
Suzanne stitched over and through her stitches.
We are working with a group from About With Friends, based in Cromer, continuing the Stitch in Time project whose starting point is the coast.
Our first session was a visit to West Runton to collect ideas and images to inspire us for our print making and stitching in weeks to come.
Katie on the prom
Sara took photos for reference and we spent time looking at coastal features…
…plants and sea creatures…
Both groups visited the first of our series of summer exhibitions of their work today at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum near Dereham, Norfolk. The work is displayed next to part of the sampler that Lorina herself made. This is a source of pride for us to be linked with our original inspiration.
The lighting in the room is kept deliberately dark to protect the sampler from fading though exposure to light. This image catches the women’s work with the reflection of a backlit display of the whole sampler.
We had a fantastic visit, with a chance to see what workhouse life was like and imagine what Lorina’s experience might have been and the opportunity to wander at will and explore what else the museum and farm have to offer. Our thanks go to Rachel Duffield and the other museum staff for such a warm welcome and our guided tour.
We are delighted to announce that all the work from the Lorina’s Legacy Project is going on a touring exhibition this summer.
From Saturday July 8th to Thursday 20th July 2017, inclusive, the work will be displayed alongside Lorina’s work at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse near East Dereham, Norfolk.
After then it moves to the libraries in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston, details to follow.
We are gathering all the finished work together for a series of exhibitions. We have a fantastic set of pieces which reflect the thoughts and feelings of our group members.
Those whose work isn’t quite ready are going to finish their stitching outside the sessions.
We are enough. Children need love not hate. Family = everything to me. Respect equality
Forever young; follow your dreams
Rachel Duffield from Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum came to visit with a replica of one of Lorina’s samplers so that we could have a look at it close up and handle it. Seeing the replica gives a real sense of the scale of Lorina’s work and the time and effort it took to make.
Rachel talked to us about what life would have been like in the workhouse.
We put our work alongside to compare. It felt special to see our work with the work that inspired us.
More work is reaching completion. We will have some beautiful and expressive pieces for the exhibitions.
Some women have been stitching in between sessions, this glorious lion is an example.
This strongly worded piece is a work in progress.
These finished pieces have been mounted on cushions so they will be seen and used every day.