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’ suspending part of the work. Two ends of the knitted part were connected by a roundly structured ‘neck’ – weaved and twined with 1cm wide leather strips. They were attached by cotton thread.
The maker then dipped the whole piece into two litres of cold water with two spoons of glue mixed in it. Once it was completely wet, the maker placed the work around a mannequin. The knitted part were then moulded with objects the maker got from her grandparents and friends which she cherishes most – oil lamp, wooden mallet, dry pumpkin and souvenir of Aleppo Castle. These objects were enclosed the knitted part by stitching the cords together with crochet hooks. They were then left to dry for three to five days.
When the work was completely dried, the maker cut the stitches to remove the enclosed objects. Shapes of the objects formed a hollow form as cords were hardened after drying. The maker finished the piece by stitching the gap again with a crochet hook and leather cord of same colour.