Journeys in a Suitcase

I’ve had a busy week in and out of the studio, the first week of term for my regular teaching is always hectic. I’ve also been prepping for some upcoming workshops and talks alongside my own practice. The suitcase commission from Love Arts Leeds has been my main focus in the studio so I’m sharing some more work in progress with you.

After finalising the objects that I want to exhibit inside the suitcase, I have been working on the case to make sure I can display everything and keep it secure during the exhibition.

I had originally planned to keep the lining of the suitcase to display my objects, sadly this didn’t look the way I had imagined so I had to rethink my plans and remove the pockets.

Removing the Lining
Removing the Lining

To elevate the objects in the case, I created a false base for them to stand on. This was a challenge but using a recycled cardboard box I’ve created a stable platform for display.

New Base
New Base

As part of the lining, I have created a fabric tape using calico. The tape will feature hand embroidered road names which map the journey from Whitby to Saltburn. To measure out the placing I used printed text from a Word document, something which I find really useful.

Road Names in Progress
Road Names in Progress

The small stitching required for the text means that my progress is a little slow but I’m pleased with the end result.

Marine Parade Text
Marine Parade Text

The next couple of weeks will focus on this text piece and lining the case with calico fabric. You can see my suitcase at a pop-up event on Saturday 14 October outside Leeds Art Gallery which re-opens that day.

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