Grace Mortlock
This project was a form of connecting. I craved the satisfaction of making something that was reminiscent of my grandmother. I longed for the sense of being alive within the process, engaging with memories and thoughts. Using her tea towels had a powerful, underlying meaning for me, as an artist and her grandchild. The fabric embodies history and memories, a loved previous existence, which is now redundant, and lifeless. It was my intention to add life back to these expendable fabrics, to have a period of reflection, being aware of how I engage with the fabric, monitoring how it helped me process my loss, and consequently giving status and value to unwanted textiles.   The project explores the idea of the transitional object and its role in death. I re-formed an attachment to my absent grandmother through symbolic everyday items. Crafting Narratives (Minns, 2014: 5) describe objects as original ‘time-travellers’ carrying news that someone at some point deemed important. This idea was particularly important in this work as I wanted the form to carry a narrative that was significant to me. I wanted the work to be raw, bridging the gap between past and my now future, triggering an emotional response from the viewer.
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