I'm Kristen and I'm living in Crawley, Sussex (hoping to return to my beloved Brighton 'n' Hove when my ME/CFS allows). I drink a lot of tea, ride a lot of buses, go in a lot of charity shops, draw, sew and knit (and attempt to crochet), take a lot of photos, spend a lot of time sleeping, read a lot of history books and follow Jesus Christ. <3
Email: busstopgirl (at) googlemail (dot) com
Shell by Susie MacMurray, installed at Pallant House Gallery (c) Susie MacMurray
Susie MacMurray has done another large-scale installation - this time at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex. For Shell, she has covered the walls of an 18th century stairwell with 20,000 mussel shells inlaid with velvet:
"I’m my own worst enemy in that I often use things that can’t be easily bought or made. To get 20,000 joined, partially open mussel shells required weekly trips to a local fish restaurant in Chester to collect their rubbish. For over 3 months I spent 3 days a week sorting, discarding, scraping, bleaching, boiling and stacking what I calculated should be enough shells to cover two walls of the stairwell. Finding 100 metres of the most opulent red silk velvet possible was comparatively straightforward, involving internet research and a trip to Berwick Street in London to haggle with different shops to get the best price."
Read on to find out the ideas behind the installation and how it was put together.
Click on the pics for larger versions (c) Kristen Bailey
Oh Sussex, Sussex by the Sea Good old Sussex by the Sea You can tell them all that we'll stand or fall For Sussex by the Sea
I found this lovely linen 'Sussex' teatowel in a charity shop last weekend and I've made in into a bag, because I love Sussex and I especially love the map, with all the place names on it - so many which hold meaning for me.
Am on the lookout for more 'map' teatowels now. I've got loads of satin scarves with maps on but linen teatowels are easier to work with and make sturdier bags. Another fad is upon me!