Part 6 – A Journey

I began working with The Grief Series several years ago, making pieces to be included in several parts of the project. The first commission I made using my Pfaff Creative 3.0 was a collection of satin hearts for an audio installation at The Unfair in 2015.

The Unfair Commission

The Grief Series is a sequence of seven projects by Leeds-based artist and performance maker, Ellie Harrison. Using a seven stage Grief Model from psychology as a starting point, each installment is a collaboration with another artist working in a different field including performance, photography, installation and sculpture.

The Grief Series
The Grief Series Website

As part six approaches I have been working with Ellie and Team Grief on the development stages of the project which will create a series of installations inside caravan. The caravan will travel around the UK and Europe which gives me my first international exhibition.

This is such an exciting opportunity for me, working on a large scale project and being involved with the project from the development through to completion.

Perle, Our 1989 Avondale Caravan
Perle, Our 1989 Avondale Caravan

The caravan will include personal stories from Team Grief and I will be creating a piece of work inspired by my grandmother to be installed in the caravan. We will also include stories of loss from other interviewees.

Maps will also play a part in the caravan, marking the journeys we takes and helping to create a record of personal stories from those who visit us along the way. I have been fascinated with maps since I worked on 365 Leeds Stories in 2013. For the project we used Ordinance Survey maps from 1932 to create s series of stitched stories.

Marsh Lane Station Embroidery
Marsh Lane Station Embroidery
Grief Series Moodboard
Grief Series Moodboard

Both Ellie and I respond to place when we are researching a project so we wanted to visit Perle in storage and get an idea of the spaces we could use and what colour palette would work for the interior and exterior of the caravan.

Inside the Caravan
Inside the Caravan

The caravan interior is a little bit rundown but we will be keeping the space the same as we want to ensure it still feels like a caravan. We spent several hours choosing her and the two seating areas at the front and rear give us plenty of space for people to sit and reflect on their own stories.

Converse Selfie with Paint Samples
Converse Selfie with Paint Samples

I have found that my own practice has many elements in with the collaborative projects I am working on. The colour scheme for the caravan mirrors that of my first work about my grandmother, Deconstruct/Reconstruct.

I have also been working with maps and storytelling for Heydays, one of my regular teaching jobs which was inspired by some fragments of WW2 escape maps printed on silk.

Map Fragments on my Notice Board
Map Fragments on my Notice Board

I will be continuing to work on samples and ideas for Part Six alongside my other commissions and projects. You can find out more by following my on social media (links in the sidebar).

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