Handling Sample (1 of 2) (Untitled) (HC1081)

Catalogue Record

Collection

Maker

Title

Handling Sample (1 of 2) (Untitled)

Made in

Brighton

Date

1998

Description

Sample piece.

Materials and techniques

Weaved free handedly through the maker's own technique of wefting. Hands, scissors, needle and pins are used in making. The petticoat used was worn by artist and photographed before any cutting/ unpicking. Woven on a small simple home made wooden frame loom. Petticoat mainly cut into ‘weavable’ strips, woven into warp, knotted in areas to secure and loom tensions manipulated to form silhouette of sample. Once cut off loom, warp thread/ends knotted but left uncut/trimmed.

Dimensions

width:  28cm
length:  60cm

Object number

HC1081

Category

  • Handling Sample (1 of 2) (Untitled), Lucy Brown, 1998. Crafts Council Collection: HC1081. Photo: Stokes Photo Ltd.

  • Handling Sample (1 of 2) (Untitled), Lucy Brown, 1998. Crafts Council Collection: HC1081. Photo: Stokes Photo Ltd.

Maker's statement

Handling Sample 1 is an unresolved work. The original idea was to develop a series of seven, wall based works, each woven from a vintage full petticoat. One to imply seven days a week of mundane routine of getting dressed and putting on makeup every day. Shrink and Shrunk of 1998 were part of this series, but ended up being a pair.

Female identity, underwear being seen as a second skin [are my sources of inspirations for this piece]. The way women’s bodies are represented in the media and in the fashion industry. The way women change their bodies, either permanently or temporarily in pursue of the ideal body.

I was not happy with Handling Sample 1, as it was not working and was not able to resolve the piece once cut off the loom. Normally I would re-work the raw materials until the piece was successful, but the piece would not of survived being undone and then re-worked as the materials of the petticoat would of frayed and disintegrated.

Lucy Brown, 1998