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Sue Lawty

Author: Sue Lawty
The Hunting Tapestries hanging in the Long Gallery at Hardwick Hall in 1899. Image taken from ‘The Devonshire Hunting Tapestries’ by George Wingfield Digby, V&A. ISBN11 290037 2 The four Devonshire Hunting Tapestries in the V&A’s collection date from before the middle of the fifteenth century and were for hundreds of years hanging in Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire. This old...
Author: Sue Lawty
There's nothing quite like it. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Tapestry Course students in room 94, September 2007 When Room 94 closed a while ago, many of us who visited it regularly for our ‘fix’ of the fabulous tapestries that hung there, feared it may be lost forever as a textile gallery. No mention of it in the V&A’s Future Plan (in fact Textiles as a dedicated subject does...
Author: Sue Lawty
Alluding to the elusive. How many tasks do we embark on where the ‘end’… that point of resolution… is like a mirage, shimmering invitingly, only to fade as we get near? Or, as in the previous post, is constantly shifting away on an outgoing tide. There is always a further distance to cover, it seems, than we bargained for. WORLD BEACH is SO close to being alive - a live...
Author: Sue Lawty
Seatown, Dorset. Steep stone beach, newly sea washed, clean and even. Occasional larger flat matt pale blue-grey stones scattered across shingle surface. Gathering, laying, snaking down from top to water’s edge. Outgoing tide. Remaining elusive.
Author: Sue Lawty
Found myself travelling east at the weekend, to a wide expanse of sand just north of Liverpool. A place that I would probably never have otherwise visited, we were there to see Another Place by Antony Gormley. I thought it would be interesting, I wasn’t expecting to be so moved. 100 life size, solid cast iron figures made from moulds of Gormley’s body stand motionless, facing out to...
Author: Sue Lawty
Stuff goes in. Stuff comes out…. In much of our education system ‐ particularly in the over examined school context - it is often implied that art/design/creativity is a kind of sausage machine process: the meat of ‘inspiration’ goes in at one end, is chopped up with a bit of other stuff, is seasoned by the maker, to then emerge conveniently packaged at the other. This is a way...
Author: Sue Lawty
Author: Sue Lawty
Sue Prichard, in the introduction to this blog, talks of the (artist’s) ‘journey of discovery’ and I have discussed this aspect many times in various posts. The works we make also have a journey (which in reality are likely to be longer than our own passage through life!). The installation, Order, which I first made in Gallery 101 for Concealed Discovered Revealed in June 2005...
Author: Sue Lawty
                         Above left: Stone drawing detail. Natural stones of Porth Ysgo. Above right: Acrobatic documentation process. Dan and Matt below. Photographer Pete on top, held by friend from the beach. Beneath: Finished stone drawing, Porth Ysgo. The sub-title of this post probably should be “Hey Kids! Don’t try this at home”. Photographing...
Author: Sue Lawty
Just over a year ago, I ran a tapestry course in the V&A’s Studio. Have been asked to run another one in September and this time we will have three full days to experiment and develop ideas. Last year, Douglas Robertson, an artist working in and around the islands of NW Scotland, used the course to extend his technical vocabulary (pages from his sketchbook above). A selection of the...

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