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Forces in Translation

At the beginning of 2020 I joined Forces in Translation, an inspiring group of people to work together to develop, explore and share our specialities in basketry, maths and anthropology. The project is funded by Royal Society/Apex.

‘Forces in Translation works at the interface between basketry, mathematics and anthropology. We explore how the bodily knowledge in basket-weaving enhances spatial and geometric understanding through the gestural moves we make and bodily skills we use. The making process, from material to artefact, from plant to basket, further reveals important links with innovative and design thinking, from planning and problem-solving, to dexterity, attention focus and creating narratives. This has relevance for education, spatial awareness, geometric understanding, and creativity.’ (From the Forces in Translation website).

To find out more about the project please visit the Forces in Translation website.


Significant Figures

Remembrance through making, is an exhibition with loss and remembrance at its core, marking the act of remembrance carried out by Elsie, for her boyfriend Cecil, killed in action in 1916.
As custodian of a photograph of Cecil, Mary has inherited Elsie’s story, which she has chosen to tell through the act of making. By taking the facts, figures and numbers of the story and WW1, Mary has made objects that bring the story to life, attempting to highlight significant numbers as well as people. The exhibition features small scale intricate work, complex in the making but simple in concept, to larger more recognisable pieces of traditional basketwork, reflecting the basketry of the period. From cane and willow, to wire, threads and twisted paper, the shared work invites the viewer to contemplate love, loss, remembrance and the passing of time.

Why is making this work important to me?
If you like to listen to my thoughts about why making this work is important to me, they have been sensitively put together by A Human Love Story. Thank you Matt.
The recording lasts for approximately 10 minutes.
Being Loved-Being Wanted-Being Found.
The completed work was exhibited at the Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester from 25.09.18 – 07.10.18 Please click here to see the Exhibitions page for images from the Gallery.


Talks & Workshops:
I will be taking this work out to groups as part of an illustrated talk ‘Significant Figures’, with the addition of a supporting workshop. Please click here to see the Talks page of the website for more information. Alternatively if you would like some more information please get in touch.


Basketry Then and Now

In 2016 I was delighted to join a community engagement research project on First World War Baskets, called Basketry Then and Now. The project was led by the Everyday Lives in War Engagement Centre (ELIW), University of Hertfordshire and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

My involvement in the project had two strands to it.

I have been researching FWW artillery shell baskets, made in their thousands for the transportation of shells to the Front. My focus has been primarily on an unusual shell basket held in the collection at the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading. My aim has been to record, research and finally weave a replica of the basket. This proved to be very challenging but a great opportunity to learn some new skills and work with new materials too. Alongside researching artillery shell baskets, I am continuing to progress my own creative project called Significant Figures.

The project covered many different areas of basketry during the First World War presented through films, blog posts, events and research. Although the project has now ended, please visit the Basketry Then and Now website.

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