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Sue Lawty

Author: Sue Lawty
Touch - that most primal of senses - is at the core of any artist’s sensibilities who works with stuff. Individual mark of hand is offered through the artist’s touch of material ‐ perhaps an ever precious factor in our increasingly technological and virtual world. “We touch things to assure ourselves of reality. We touch the objects of our love. We touch the things we form. Our...
Author: Sue Lawty
I have long intended to write about Audrey Walker.    A senior figure in the textile community of this country, Audrey is someone for whom I hold deep respect. I have enjoyed her work and read much of her writing but have only in the last few years had opportunity for conversation. I realise now that Audrey is as modest in words as she is down to earth in her writing. In both, she is...
Author: Sue Lawty
It has been an exciting time for Contemporary Textiles at the V&A with two new fabulous pieces acquired for the collection from COLLECT 2007. The first, a woven tapestry by Jo Barker (represented by The Scottish Gallery). Dappled Circle - Scarlet 2007 45 x 84cm Cotton warp (12 w.p.i.), wool, linen, cotton & embroidery thread. 'The new piece Dappled Circle - Scarlet, woven for C0LLECT...
Author: Sue Lawty
Back in September I wrote about filming in Devon with BBC Education for a four week series, 'Seasonal Snapshots'. Spring - the first programme, went out today. My day's filming will have been edited to just a few minutes and is to be broadcast within the next episode. Seasonal Snapshots: Summer. Thursday 15 March 11.30 am BBC 2... Better be watching!
Author: Sue Lawty
COLOUR, drawing using natural stone marks, 1m x 1m. Into February, into better light levels and this stonework (Dec 15) is now complete and about to go off to the framer. COLOUR will hang with two other metre square stone drawings in the new Haymarket Hotel. And in the middle of March, I + team will be reinstalling ORDER, permanently, in the hotel’s foyer. I often choose to draw in...
Author: Sue Lawty
Over the last few weeks we have begun to chisel away at plans for World Beach ‐ The Stone Drawing Project open to anyone, anywhere on this planet. You will be invited to make a stone drawing on a beach, photograph it (before the tide washes it away) and contribute the designs to a virtual world gallery held here on the V&A’s website. It is scheduled to be up and running sometime in the...
Author: Sue Lawty
On each visit to the V&A, I find myself growing ever fonder of the new garden space. It was being transformed back in 2005, around the time I was sorting all the tiny stones for the 'Order' installation. As a continuous line of builders carried individual lumps of rock past my window, I wondered how it could ever be finished. But only weeks later, basking in the warmth of a summer...
Author: Sue Lawty
We could think it is the institutions that shape us: the particular school, art college, museum or gallery collaboration. But if I look back, it is specific individuals within those institutions who are the crux of the experience. Whom we meet (and whom we don’t meet) can turn out to have a profound impact on the course of our life. I have spoken of Unn Sonju many times, but not here. Time...
Author: Sue Lawty
…. and counting. I can almost physically feel the inner core of my being shrinking in tandem with the diminishing daylight as the shortest day approaches. Generally, I reckon I’m a pretty positive person, But I have to really concentrate on building up the pluses at this time of year. Dreary, dull, dismal; greyed out skies and repetitive, dripping rain - mmmm. I’m lucky to have...
Author: Sue Lawty
To my child mind, the Second World War was very definitely ‘in the olden days’ - the past - gone - history. It was unequivocally and quite physically, behind me… by a long way. I was not connected to it. In fact, it ended only nine years before I was born. As an adult, the passing of nine years goes by in a flash and I consider the last decade to be ‘current’. (I...

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