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Sue Lawty

Author: Sue Lawty
The previous works lead to... Lead Two Metres Square. Here are detail images of the 2m sq Lead piece from the four part work 'Call and Response: Linen, Lead, Stone, Shadow' recently exhibited in Cloth & Culture Now at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. These photographs were taken just after the final hammering on the concrete...
Author: Sue Lawty
Lose the coffin reference… and the above screen-shot from my computer dictionary seems quite an apposite description for the current state of affairs. Recovering from long hours in the studio and emerging from the white winter onslaughts, I now feel able to catch up a little here with the woven lead images promised quite a while ago. These were developed after studying Egyptian plain weave...
Author: Sue Lawty
I often wear blacks. I often weave whites. I am beginning to wonder if I might not be a little frightened by colour. I notice that I choose to tiptoe in from the fugitive, almost thereness of the edges, the borders of change, the margins of reason, keeping well away from the central, intense, core heat of vivid colour. I have spent hundreds and thousands of hours exploring minute, almost...
Author: Sue Lawty
I like exhibitions showing a whole body of work from a single artist. I like being immersed in the unique vision. I like for that vision not to be interrupted or diluted by that of another. Occasionally we find ourselves standing in front of work that touches deeply; it is almost a stab, a point of primal knowing. Not appropriate here to reason or rationalise, just to feel. And I did… in...
Author: Sue Lawty
Tapestry, tapistrye, tapesserie… beautiful words to get your tongue around and all derived from the Latin ‘tapetium’ but it was the description ‘Arras’ (originating from the Flemish weaving town of the same name) that made it through to Shakespeare’s writing. On Saturday 6 December the V&A’s Tapestry Gallery will be the setting for a new approach in...
Author: Sue Lawty
These words were written by Claudi Casanovas, the Catalonian artist working with ceramics and whose work I admire enormously. I quoted them at the beginning of my talk in York. They sum up so much of what I have come to understand about my own creative journey (referred to in the earliest posts of this blog). They will touch people across all creative disciplines. I was introduced to this artist...
Author: Sue Lawty
Working at the V&A recently, I managed to snatch a few moments to call by the new Sackler Centre to meet Dorothy Hogg, jeweller and inaugurating artist in the Museum Residency Programme. Within seconds our words were tumbling and pouring over each other’s, laughing and sharing experiences. A lovely light large space, superb work, generous and open spirit; it felt good. I always find it...
Author: Sue Lawty
During the York Talk I spoke about my work and collaboration with the V&A including, of course, the World Beach Project. Many of your fabulous entries were highlighted in the PowerPoint and it was also great to have available these mini cards. This new batch I’d ordered arrived about an hour before I left the studio to travel to York. These sought after little cards add to the ones we...
Author: Sue Lawty
I have been invited by the York Artworkers Association to give a talk at the Tempest Anderson Hall, York Museum. It is next Monday 3rd November at 7.30pm. The York Artworkers is an eclectic association of artists, conservators, architects, academics and others who share a serious interest in art and design. They present an interesting and varied programme of speakers throughout the year, non-...
Author: Sue Lawty
Today is the first anniversary of our World Beach Project. Yeah! The 350th contribution (above) landed in the moderation queue on the day and superbly marks the occasion. Thank you to Hubert Lampeitl, Puerto Naos, La Palma for this sensitive and powerful image inspired by an imprint of his own hand and foot. It encompasses the very essence of the project... the unique individuality of our hand...

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