Severn Marks #21
Alice's 'Severn Marks' series of small hand-woven pieces with natural staining formed part of her 2016-17 exhibition Findings.
Metal objects gathered from the Severn Estuary, South West UK, were used to make graphic marks on hand-woven linen 'blanks'.
"Mixed in with the silky estuarine mud is debris and rubbish carried and abandoned by water: downstream by river, upstream by in-coming tide. Mattress springs, hinges, reinforcing this-that-and-the-other, fixings, bolts, wires, an old saw. The surface of these metal objects is a crumbling mixture of iron oxide and mud. They are fragile, but their chemistry can make a mark onto cloth. Surrounded by fibre, warm and wet, embedded for a while, aided by tannins, they leave an image ass if they have been lifted from firm mud where they have rested."
(extract from 'Findings', 2016)
Severn Marks #21 measures 6.5 cm x 14.5 cm and is mounted in a clear acrylic box frame 26cm x 26cm x 4cm
This artwork is part of the Artist Support Pledge, started by Matthew Burrows in response to Covid-19 crisis, generating income for self-employed artists who have lost free-lance work. Artists post work for sale under £200 and when they reach £1000 worth of sales through the scheme they pledge to spend £200 on another artist's work.