Stitch and Peacock
By Danica Maier. 27th September 2014 - 11th January 2015 Stitch & Peacock Stitch and Peacock was a solo exhibition by American artist Danica Maier, combining drawings, stitch and wall painting with a selection of embroidery and textile pieces from The Usher Gallery Archives Taking a rarely seen embroidered Jacobean bedspread as a starting point, Maier created a series of new works, including a large wall drawing, which are rooted within the Lincolnshire textile collection, and history of embroidery. Using the embroidery archive as a starting point Maier created intricate drawings; mimicking the line of stitch, these works are not what they first seem. These new works investigate the historical stitched objects by repeating and redrawing from their original patterns, depicting the mark of stitch and imagery found within them. Sidestepping the common ideas related to embroidery and stitch, often seen as women's work or part of the domestic realm Maier investigates alternative ideas hidden within the history of stitch. In Maier's work the heartfelt, funny and titillating side of textile history comes into focus. You can find out more about the artisit at: http://www.danicamaier.com Flock Mnemonics - Rob Flint Daily at 10:30am, 1pm and 3:30pm Flock Mnemonics was a work for The Collection's sound wall by artist Rob Flint, made in response to the exhibition Stitch and Peacock. The work examined the way humans understand and memorise bird calls through the use of 'mnemonics' that mimic the birds' cry in words, sometimes even naming birds such as 'Chiffchaff', 'Crow', or 'Tit' in imitation of their cry.
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