The deadline for handing in the sewn signatures is today at Touchstones, although we have a little flexibility, and should be able to incorporate any that come in this week.
After a holiday it is good to get back and start working on bringing it all together in more ways than one. It will be nice to meet at Touchstones this week, planning the next stage, and discussing the format of the December exhibition.
It is an interesting crossover in that Norwegian artist Lise Linnert who’s name has come up a few times is working on a show in Liverpool (something I might look into as part of my ph.D) She asks individuals to sew the names of disappeared women in Mexico to raise awareness of their plight and then displays them pinned to a wall. As she does more sessions in different places she amasses more and so the numbers increase.
The art/craft methods are interesting to compare. Obviously my work is about the invisible or overlooked too, but involving and documenting local people. “Please sign here” once complete will stay in Rochdale and be part of their collection. Links to the historic quilt are significant too and this is helping to inform my strategies for making a new signature quilt.