Thackray Uncovered

I’ve been working on Thackray Uncovered since January, an exciting commission from the Thackray Medical Museum. The commission responds to an object from the museums 79,000 strong collection of medical equipment from across the centuries.

I chose to work with a projector for Mass X-ray from the 1940s, a fascinating object which spoke to my love of old projectors and the projected image. I have linked the work with my own personal experiences of X-rays over the years.

The exhibition opens on Monday 13 March, you can find more details here. I will also be teaching a felt body parts workshop on Thursday 16 March at 6.30pm, you can find out more information and book tickets on the museum website.

I wanted to share some work in progress from the studio over the last week, the pieces are really starting to come together and I can’t wait to start installation next week.

This commission has been a great opportunity to use my favourite grey colour palette.

Colour Palette
Colour Palette

I’ve selected fabrics from a similar time period to the projector from my own collection. I have created some embroideries on these fabrics using the Pfaff Creative 3.0.

Embroidery in Progress
Embroidery in Progress

Not all my samples have been successful, this linear design doesn’t fit with the rest of the collection.

Linear Embroidery Sample
Linear Embroidery Sample

I don’t want to show the finished pieces until the exhibition is installed, I will be writing my last blog about the project when this is complete. I will also be sharing some images from the museum.

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