Monday, 4 July 2011

Guerrilla Embroidery

Banksy meets Textile Art?*


"My work is about the change of use of the site and the personal stories associated with this. In an age where the majority of us have a mobile phone, public telephone boxes are rarely used, yet what is the cost to us as individuals - to our privacy, our peace and quiet, our health?


We have moved from being trapped and isolated inside the claustrophobic space of the telephone kiosk to being able to make calls anywhere - on the train, in restaurants, in the street. Yet my figures are still trapped. I have used lace and sheer fabrics to convey these ideas. We can see through the layers to hidden depths and the fabric becomes a metaphor for the stories.


 I hope that by putting the work in such a public location, it will raise awareness of textiles as an artform, bringing it to a larger audience and in turn, maybe that will encourage more people to visit my Open Studio to see what else I do. But most of all... it was just a bit of fun!"



My studio is open as part of Cambridge Open Studios on 9th & 10th July and 16th & 17th July. Full details of  can be found on the Cambridge Open Studios website or email me for more information.

*Headline courtesy of Mr Dotty Cookie!

47 comments:

  1. amazing work and great idea!

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  2. I wasn't looking forward to going to work this morning, have looked at this and now shall go off with a smile on my face. Wonderful! Thank you!

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  3. Fantastic idea, can't wait to see it!!

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  4. It looks even better than I thought it would - I shall be along to see it, hopefully on Saturday!

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  5. I thought they looked fabulous before but hanging them in the phone box is brilliant and I love the message behind the work.

    I wish I could pop over and see them in real life! Good luck with the open studio :o)

    xx

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  6. What an exciting concept Gina, beautifully executed too. You are so creative! Have a great time in Open Studios.

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  7. What a great use of an empty space & a lot more interesting than a flyer. Hope all that work brings you lots of visitors ;)

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  8. You are clever. :)
    Hope your Open Studios are a great success!
    Vivienne x

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  9. Now that's clever - clever work and clever marketing for the Open Studios. What a great way to both visually and metaphorically showcase your ideas and direct people to your way of thinking. Give that girl an A**.

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  10. Bravo! I can just imagine you inside with your tape measure, that must have been quite some challenge. Very best of luck with the Open Studios, I wish I could come.

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  11. LOL gina. I love this idea. And a Red telephone box?? WOW. I haven't seen one of those in a good long while!

    xMx

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  12. Fantastic idea!!!!

    Who would have thought guerilla-embroidery, love it.

    Good luck with your open studio.

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  13. What can I say but absolutely BRILLIANT!!!! So agree that textiles are an artform, it annoys me when some so called experts call them craft in such a derogatory way.

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  14. Absolutely bloody love it! You are genius woman!! Now wondering if popping to Cambridge would be a bit far......?

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  15. I've seen Gorilla knitting....
    I bet it flummoxed a few folk?!

    Sandie xx

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  16. Gina this is great - what a fab way to display your art work.

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  17. BRILLIANT! I do hope your artwork is safely locked inside.

    I just remember phone boxes smelling of wee and the handsets being sticky :o(

    xx

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  18. Brilliant ,hope the open studio goes well,I'm with you in spirit as i'm on holiday.

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  19. Gina, you've had a grand idea, and carried out the concept perfectly.

    Best wishes on the open show, too. xo

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  20. It looks fabulous Gina! I hope that it attracts a lot of people to the event. Enjoy it!

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  21. This is such a fantastic idea Gina. I would love to be able to visit your studio but am not exactly handy. I'm sure you'll be inundated with appreciative visitors.

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  22. Love it!
    Good luck with your open studio.M x

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  23. ingenious Gina (that sounds good doesn't it!) such a clever idea. would love to visit you too but you are a bit of a treck

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  24. These are wonderful. Thank you for showing us your work. You did an amazing job.

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  25. I too love the way you have placed your art work. Great comment on todays world.

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  26. What a fantastic idea - they look really super. Oh those red boxes have lots of memories!

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  27. You continually amaze me, Gina! Brilliant - and good luck with the open studio.

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  28. Now that is an absolutely superb idea! I hope the open studios weekends go well.

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  29. I drove by that very box earlier this afternoon. It looks stunning! What an amazing idea that was and how cleverly you described the underlying thoughts. I'm returning to have a closer look tomorrow.

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  30. Brilliant work and such a perfect setting to show it off.

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  31. Oh my gosh it looks so amazing! Best wishes for the Open Studios--so wish I could be there. K x

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  32. Brilliant news and congratulations as well as a Happy Birthday. I will try and pop in on Saturday, we are there for the annual Hog roast again !!

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  33. WOW - life size is amazing! And what a cool installation.:o)

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  34. Really looking forward to seeing it for real at the weekend!

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  35. Wow, this is absolutely fantastic!!

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  36. I can think of a few more phone boxes that could do with this treatment, LOL! Erika

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  37. Awesome Gina they are wonderful what an amazing idea...

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  38. Did you make the phone box as well? I haven't seen an old red box like that for years. Well done they look great. Did you know there's an actual Guerilla embroidery person on Flickr?
    Good luck with your open studios and congratulations on your new course. I'm sure you're more than halfway there.

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