Journey with Absent Friends

I’ve been updating my CV recently after some projects ended and its been four years since I started working with Ellie Harrison on The Grief Series. With part six underway I wanted to share my progress.

Where do our memories of the dead live? In sacred spaces like gravestones, or aisle 22 of Tescos? On someone’s Facebook page or Twitter feed? Ellie Harrison is on a month-long journey to find out.

Travelling between sites of personal remembrance, Ellie will be stopping at arts centres, museums, beer gardens and maybe even the occasional service station. You are invited to embark on your own journey to spend some time reflecting. Add your memories to our audio archive or embroidered map, have a cuppa and spend some time exploring a caravan full of hidden treasures. The caravan is free and open to people of all ages.

The caravan is being repaired and refurbished at Open Source Arts, a fantastic creative project space in Kirkstall. It seems like such a long time ago since we bought the caravan and she’s looking very different now.

Caravan Refurbishment
Caravan Refurbishment
Caravan Refurbishment
Caravan Refurbishment

It was wonderful to visit the caravan last Friday and see how the refurbishment is going. The team have worked so hard on the design and build for the caravan and it was great to start discussing the maps and other textile elements for the project.

I’ve also been working on a piece about my grandma for the space which will fit inside one of the drawers. It’s based on the project Archive which I began a few years ago.

Caravan Interior
Caravan Interior

My largest commission for the caravan is a series of embroidered maps which show the different places along the journey. Myself, Bethany and Ellie are all fascinated by old Ordnance Survey maps. It was great to discuss our ideas for each individual map and finalise some creative decisions.

Oxford Map Detail
Oxford Map Detail

To follow the progress of the project you can follow The Grief Series on Twitter and Instagram. You can also follow me on social media, links in the sidebar.

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