Feelings of Lockdown

We had one memorable lockdown zoom session when we were all feeling a bit jaded. Christmas had passed without extended families being able to gather. Blue Monday must have been upon us. Beverley suggested “Feelings of Lockdown”.
“Yes”, we said.

 

Descriptive words from sketchbook and computer generated word-cloud. (fco)

NOTHINGNESS
An empty circle. I had just listened to a talk by textile artist Debbie Lyddon who incorporates wire loops into her pieces. Interesting to have a “go”. (fco)







Sunrise and sun set times during lockdown. Again inspired by the Debbie Lyddon talk.
It would be interesting to attempt with coloured cloth and decolourant. (fco)
I’ve now done this (have a look further down the page).



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“Uncertainty” (b)
My sketchbook also started with emotive words and then some sketch, collage and paint. At the time i felt a real sense of uncertainty during these strange times and it was these feelings i had aimed to get a visual connection with to express within my weaving.

I had in my stash some beautiful Norfolk Horn roving which i purchased from Fibreworkshop at the 2019 Woolly Weekend. This event is organised by the Worstead Guild of weavers, spinners and dyers.

If you wish to read more about either here are the links:- https://fibreworkshop.co.uk
https://worsteadweavers.org.uk

The Norfolk Horn roving is locally sourced fleece from small flocks in Norfolk. It is creamy in colour and mixed with subtle flecks of darker fibres. I found it very comforting and a real pleasure to hand spin and weave during the recent lockdowns to create this very tactile, woven panel.


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(fco). I have been wondering where I should take this piece.
It is a heavily painted background done whilst looking out of my studio window on a dark grey day. The fence is not broken in reality, the fields beyond are beginning to green up, but the breaks to me represent the separations lockdown imposes on meeting friends and family.

And,
this is what
happened to it.

 

 

I had a little bit of the original painted fabric left and having watched B laminating her beauties (see 4×4 by four), I cut mine up, laminated the little pieces and then reassembled them..

“Disconnected”
Arranged so that no one piece joined the next

“Connection”
I hope connections will be re-established soon.

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Mary – What an extraordinary year we have all experienced. I feel I have exchanged a carefree life of relaxation, freedom, spontaneity and social interaction to one of disbelief, horror, rigid restrictions and tight controls. The constant emotional media coverage lead to a feeling of hopelessness and pessimism. But I was aware, and very grateful, being retired and living in the countryside with a large garden was a huge advantage in these unpredictable times.

Never having been able to hang a picture straight I have chosen to make a piece consisting of straight lines. This is totally out of character but typical that everything has changed so dramatically recently. Influenced by an online workshop I did last year on Tone & Line by textile artist Bobby Britnell http://www.bobbybritnell.co.uk . It is my interpretation of the year’s seasonal progress. In a perfect world and time the seasons would be portrayed in blocks of colour but in this pandemic year the coloured lines are broken and grey is always constant . The intensity of the colour reflects the periods of progress, optimism and hopeful return to near normal life. The rolled up grey material symbolises that sadly it is not all over just yet.

 

 

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(fco) Dawn to Dusk:
I’ve used decolourant mixed with pigment on this black cotton and a different scale for the x and y axes and then withdrawn weft threads.
The days are now lengthening and we might get back together soon, fingers crossed.

The pigment came from Leslie – the idea of drawing the threads from Debbie Lyddon.

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“Isolation” (b)

Warm red and orange textured fibres have been woven to symbolise an isoelectric line, to express warmth, courage, strength, hopefulness and good health to all during this solitary time of isolation.

Emerging” (b)
As we try to emerge from this continued crisis, my woven panel explores the struggle and fractured mental health many people are facing.

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