The Burden I (2018.11)

Catalogue Record

Collection

Maker

Title

The Burden I

Made in

London

Date

2016

Description

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.

Dimensions

height:  90cm
width:  45cm
depth:  40cm

Object number

2018.11

Category

On view

  • The Burden I, Esna Su, 2016. Crafts Council Collection: 2018.11. Photo: Stokes Image Ltd.

  • The Burden I, Esna Su, 2016. Crafts Council Collection: 2018.11. Photo: Stokes Image Ltd.

  • The Burden I, Esna Su, 2016. Crafts Council Collection: 2018.11. Photo: Stokes Image Ltd.

  • The Burden I, Esna Su, 2016. Crafts Council Collection: 2018.11. Photo: Stokes Image Ltd.

Maker's statement

The piece’s been made in the following of my graduation in 2015. It is one of the piece that I combined weaving and knitting together which gave another dimension to the piece itself. It does stand out from other The Burden I collection because of the shape and combination of using different techniques to create a neckpiece.

The Burden I, is based on the struggle of Syrian refugees who have been forced to abandon their hoes and flee the conflict, continuing their lives in memories in sprawling refugee camps.

The work reflected my observation while I was in my hometown Antioch/ South of Turkey where most of Syrian refugees reached in order to secure their lives. My work mainly underline how those people’s built life destroyed and that results with loss of homes, land and belongings. Their continuation of lives will be in isolated societies by hoping to go back to their countries where they belong to.

The empty shells represent the memories of destroyed lives by moulding knitted vegetable tanned leather cord around my cherished objects. Vegetable tanned leather used as material as it was once a skin and took the form of a body now it embraces the sentimental objects to form hallow shapes, which in return contain memories and the loss of the past.

Esna Su, 06 April 2018