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Sue Lawty

Author: Sue Lawty
Liquid squidgey sloppy shiny dull matt flaky heavy crumbly runny rock hard. Clay... in all its forms. And as raw, basic and unprocessed as it gets. Marl Hole 2009. A film by Neil Brownsword, directed by Johnny Magee. A welcome addition to the Taking Time exhibition now showing at the Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire until June 6. Taking Time addresses many aspects of the Slow Movement, one being...
Author: Sue Lawty
I thought this might be a good point to share a few hands on images. In the making of Calculus hundreds and thousands of decisions were wrestled and questioned in researching, collecting, sorting, selecting, organising, ordering, laying out, composing... The process is by its nature, a meditative and slow affair. I found myself considering how each tiny found fragment of rock laid out in each...
Author: Sue Lawty
Taking Time has moved on to its second venue at IC at the Dovecot, Edinburgh. Last Friday I travelled north for the opening. The solid mass, almost oversized, stone architecture and assertive sense of place as the train pulls into Edinburgh Waverley never fails to send a ripple of excitement. It was good to meet Amanda Game and the team at IC and to catch up with old friends. Thanks to all for...
Author: Sue Lawty
Had to get out. Run. Unfit. Up. Slow Hard. Black ice. Imagine the dance. Clumsy skitter. Low bright white light. Muscles struggle. Feet pound. Heart beat. Harsh breath. Icy long fingered Rasping cold deep inside Rhythm. Repetition. High. Vista. Wide. White. Clean. Sharp. Crystals. Crystal clear thoughts. That was today. These, a few days ago. Cumbria, looking west. Sun. Snow. Clear. White. Cold....
Author: Sue Lawty
The first thing I did on discovering Google Earth (a few years ago) was to steer to the snaking, ridged vast expanses of a big hot arid desert ‐ probably it was the Sahara. The second thing I did was to soar over Antarctica. Wild.. remote.. harsh.. spare.. fascinating.. enthralling.. thrilling… ? It was disappointing. Not the crevasse crazed crisp ice glacial terrain I’d hoped for -...
Author: Sue Lawty
It has been totally fascinating to witness senior textile conservator, Elizabeth-Anne Haldane's meticulous conservation of this beautiful piece over the last year or so. In this short film she describes some of the processes involved. The images below give a little more detail. In recent history, small remedial patches (some taken from the original tunic) had been stitched to the inside of...
Author: Sue Lawty
The opening to the public of the new Medieval and Renaissance Galleries is imminent! A suite of ten galleries will house a sumptuous array of nearly two thousand objects including this stunning Egyptian Tunic (detail above) in Gallery 8: Faiths and Empires 300-1250. I have been invited to run a short tapestry course drawing inspiration from this piece and the other fabulous tapestries that are to...
Author: Sue Lawty
A selection of drawings and designs from the weekend workshop at Birmingham Art Gallery… done by all ages - mostly at the younger end of the spectrum; from age 2 (!) to adult.
Author: Sue Lawty
I’ll be in Birmingham this weekend running a drop in workshop for families as part of the Taking Time programme of events (see post below). Each living thing has specific individual characteristics and qualities of form, colour and texture. Here, ash stalks. We will be working with these and other natural found marks from fields, woods and heath to explore rhythm and pattern. Everyone's...
Author: Sue Lawty
Calculus 2009 2 x 3 m natural stone on gesso (photo credit: John Coombes) Calculus “…To see a World in a Grain of Sand…” William Blake I wanted to take something tiny & insignificant; very small stones unnoticed underfoot on a beach, out of context… and through repetition and scale of work, subject the viewer to be made small in their presence. Each tiny...

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