1020 x 210 (diam) mm (largest)
Cone-shaped bags (3): machine-embroidered lace using metal, rayon, polyester thread and water soluble fabric
‘I have been exploring machine-embroidered lace for 15 years and continue to build up a vocabulary, both visually and technically. My work has centred on narrative and I use embroidery as a metaphor for storytelling: embellishing, decorating, stitching over and unpicking details of stories.
This work is part of a series, ‘Fruits of War’, that examines fruits, such as pomegranates, which were brought from the Middle East during the Crusades and absorbed into Western culture. William Morris and Co, for example, used the pomegranate extensively in designs as though it was English vernacular. The cone-shaped bags, resembling arrow bags to be slung over the shoulder, are made in lace to reflect the fragility of life in warzones. The golden thread is a comment on the war in Iraq and the financial gains some have made through war.’