Handling Sample (2 of 2) (HC1082)

Catalogue Record

Collection

Maker

Title

Handling Sample (2 of 2)

Made in

Brighton

Date

2001

Description

Sample for Size Matters works made for Chalsea Crafts Fair 2001

Materials and techniques

Weaved free-handedly with the maker's own wefting technique on a simple small homemade wooden frame loom. Petticoat cloth cut into weavable strips, knotted to secure on warp wire when needed. To shape, the number of warp wires were increased and reduced while manipulating warp tensions. Once cut off loom, warp wire ends were twisted to secure work top and bottom. Hands, scissors, wire cutters and pliers, needle and pins are used in making.

Dimensions

width:  9cm
length:  12cm

Object number

HC1082

Category

  • Handling Sample (2 of 2), Lucy Brown, 2001. Crafts Council Collection: HC1082. Photo: Stokes Photo Ltd.

  • Handling Sample (2 of 2), Lucy Brown, 2001. Crafts Council Collection: HC1082. Photo: Stokes Photo Ltd.

Maker's statement

Handling Sample 2 was a sample for Size Matters, made for Chelsea Crafts Fair 2001 Size Matters was an attempt at a more ‘commercial’ work; A limited edition of 20 miniature works playing on the variations of women’s’ dress sizing in high street fashion. The concept around the selling of the work was also part of the work;

‘…as individual little slips sell, the work gets smaller referencing the desire to be smaller in size’ (extract from Lucy Brown’s Size Matters Statement 2001)

[Sources of Inspiration/ reference for this piece]
Women's clothing sizing on the high street. Female identity and the female body.

As a result of making this more sellable work – I learnt that my practice was not to be a commercial one !

Lucy Brown, 2017