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Sue Lawty

Author: Sue Lawty
I am in the middle of weaving my tapestry for the V&A’s Collection. It's taking a long time! The piece will be around five feet in height. Frustratingly, there's been very little that is easily photographable as it’s very pale and quite minimal - the first half, particularly so. I will publish images of the progressing subtleties in future posts. A few weeks ago I was in...
Author: Sue Lawty
My sojourn in Australia was the result of two invitations to take up Visiting Fellowships in Canberra and Melbourne. In April and May The Australian National University in Canberra hosted major International Exhibitions and Symposium: Tapestry 2008. Canberra School of Art building. This event “brought together practitioners, educators, students, collectors, critics, theorists and historians...
Author: Sue Lawty
Towards the beginning of this web-log I wrote about close friend, Richard Kidd. I touched upon his drive in creating a fabulous studio near Newcastle, his dynamic paintings and the great night to celebrate them. Friday Night and Saturday Morning (November 2005). It is in the saddest of circumstances that I write about him now: a small contribution at the point of his untimely death, to mark the...
Author: Sue Lawty
I’m back! Would like to say it was yesterday, then it would look mildly impressive to be here on the case the next day. But it wasn’t. Six weeks and lots to tell. It may not come out in any coherent order but I’m working on it. This was a professional and research trip part funded by the Arts Council. Thank you Arts Council.
Author: Sue Lawty
'Oakura' Jerry Morris, 2008 World Beach reaches the landmark point of one hundred published entries. And in what style! Jerry Morris on North Island, NZ hits the spot with this beautifully crafted work. The attention to detail in this piece is stunning. And appropriately coincidental that it’s from New Zealand as connections with the other side of the world inspired the World Beach...
Author: Sue Lawty
One of the greatest pluses of a project such as Cloth & Culture Now is getting to meet the artists. From Finland, Japan, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia,UK; 31 of the total of 35 of us made it to the opening weekend. From formal lectures to conversations over the cornflakes, we learnt of each other’s cultures and practice. The creative connections that might join us around the globe felt a...
Author: Sue Lawty
I have never been good at keeping a diary. The thick ‐ lockable - keep all your secrets safe ‐ pour your heart out tomes of pre-pubescence, never made it past the first few days. Even now at the beginning of a potentially good trip away, the well intentioned - document everything excitement attached to favourite pen and a new, velvety Moleskine soon deteriorates into incoherent scribbled notes...
Author: Sue Lawty
The idea for the World Beach Project arrived in my head fully formed and in an instant. It popped up by way of responding to the response to my work using small stones, which in its turn, is a response to the land ‐ specifically, rock. Whether a line of quartz splitting a rock face or a huge folded mountain range, the structure of rock talks of the structure of our planet. It is like a map of...
Author: Sue Lawty
Sometimes the creativity is in the discovery, the isolating. Tiny rocky cove. Clamber or swim to. Bit secret. Hours, days months before... who knows... the head had been found. Most likely lying at a strange angle amongst the jumble of boulders. Carefully placed to catch the light. Perched, watching. Waiting to be noticed by another. In a different time frame. Stumbling upon it, unsuspecting....
Author: Sue Lawty
Guest post by V&A blog administrator. We are very pleased to announce that the World Beach Project webpages are now live on the V&A website and we have received our first contributions including one from North America and one from continental Europe. We have been getting very excited about this idea ever since Sue first proposed it to us, we hope you will enjoy using it, looking at other...

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