The Burden I
Hollow vegetable tanned leather necklace.
It was shown as part of Form + Motion, an exhibition presented by the British Council and the Crafts Council, at the UK Pavilion at the 10th Cheongju Craft Biennale in 2017.
Materials and techniques
Vegetable tanned leather used.
The leather was cut into cords. The cords were knitted by 12 size knitting needles to form the ‘U-shape’ body. Two ends of the knitted part were then connected by a roundly structured ‘neck’ which was weaved and twined with 1cm wide leather strips. They were attached by cotton thread.
The whole piece was dipped into glue mixed cold water. Once it was completely wet, it was placed around a mannequin. The knitted body was then moulded with some charished objects the maker got from her grandparents and friends – oil lamp, wooden mallet, dry pumpkin and souvenir of Aleppo Castle. The leather cords of the body were stitched together with crochet hooks to enclose those objects for moulding. They were then left to dry for three to five days.
When the work was completely dried, stitches were cut and objects removed. This left a hollow body as cords were hardened and staryed in shape of the objects after drying. The piece was finsihed by gaps being stitched back together again with a crochet hook and leather cords of same colour.