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Sue Lawty

Author: Sue Lawty
“Here there isn't a single trace of man's presence... The wind shapes the landscape as it likes. It is an unchanging landscape which is constantly changing.” Gerard Lanux Wind on desert sand; water on coastal sand… the rhythmic passing of time. I am guessing that every single one of the resulting undulating patterns is different. Like every grain of sand, every star,...
Author: Sue Lawty
Soft, digestive bubblings reverberated from deep within the body beneath me. Zarawah, my fabulous ship of the desert, chewed the cud for his second or third late afternoon snack as we swayed rhythmically together towards the distant sand dunes.Perched on a precarious nest of baskets and blankets some seven feet above the stony desert floor, I relaxed into these rather odd sensations and...
Author: Sue Lawty
The very last stone is now from the wall. The 6.17 metres of grading, spacing and order which lived in gallery 101 from June 2005 ‐ September 2006 are no longer. Order (the title of this temporary installation) is currently in a situation of re-order; labelled and stored in hundreds of small, numbered, plastic bags. Its partner piece, Hieroglyph, is in a similar state. I was fascinated by the...
Author: Sue Lawty
If I have learnt anything at all from this experience, it is that the first rule of programme making is FLEXIBILITY! In West Yorkshire, surrounded by soggy tents and piles of washing ‐ only seconds it seemed, home from a summer camping trip ‐ the phone call came. “Bad weather forecasted for the end of the week ‐ filming schedule bought forward”. Okay… don’t blink…...
Author: Sue Lawty
Just unpacked a box from Kathmandu of the most fabulous tight, stringy, hard, handspun balls of hemp. 8 wonderful kilos of exactly what I was looking for. A tough thread of a rich, undulating, natural colour - love it! The smell ‐ simultaneously a fresh deep hay barn and Nepal. A few years ago, coming back from leading a trek in Bhutan, I came across a small shop selling bags that I thought were...
Author: Sue Lawty
A conversation yesterday made me realise that it never ends. It is forever…always…ongoing. There is no clear the desk, switch out the light, close the door, finish. No ‘tick the box' done. Like water, like a river ‐ creativity is fluid, sort of joined up ‐ continuous. No actual beginning, no actual end. It just keeps coming - flowing (or not!) unbidden. Trickling sometimes...
Author: Sue Lawty
…. old today. To celebrate this blog’s first birthday I have chosen some favourite images from the more humble areas of the V&A’s fabulous mosaic floor. I took these shots as I was leaving one evening after working all day on the installations in Gallery 101. Scurrying down the corridor above the Cast Courts, I became aware of the subtle, patterns beneath my feet. William...
Author: Sue Lawty
A very brief post to say haven’t gone away…. A number of exciting projects in the pipeline ‐ all entailing certain levels of organisation and admin ‐ have kept me quiet for a while (at least here). I will talk about these in the next weeks, but for the moment, to say, it is the nature of this business (of life indeed) - that we work on current projects, - whilst consolidating and...
Author: Sue Lawty
LEAD Rock: of the Earth ..... Galena: Lead Ore ..... Mineral ..... Metal ..... Heavy ..... Soft ..... Pliable ..... Malleable ..... Weavable ..... Beatable ..... Textile.
Author: Sue Lawty
Very basic raphia sample exploring the relationship between balanced and weft faced weave. Rather unexpectedly, given the rich historic textile environment of the V&A, I have found myself drawn again and again to the direct simplicity of plain weave (click on thumbnails in ‘Back To Basics’ May 23rd). The subtle nuances found in the wealth of these tiny fragments have permeated my...

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