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Sue Lawty

Author: Sue Lawty
Stone drawing by Jo Collinge/Stephen Moore at Farewell Spit, South Island, New Zealand. In 2005, friends from Hebden Bridge in land locked Yorkshire went to live for a few years in New Zealand. Their reaction to work seen in the UK and on the blog has inspired me to think about the potential of a world wide stone drawing project. I’ll leave it to Jo to explain:'We had already fallen in...
Author: Sue Lawty
I must admit to not making much progress recently. Sometimes, when the stimulus is so great, so extensive, it can engender a kind of temporary creative paralysis. Intense study of the V&A’s textile collection has had that effect. Almost every piece uncovered set fingers tingling and my mind racing wildly - full on creative wealth! Bizarrely, I got to the point of actively hoping not to...
Author: Sue Lawty
Can it really be so long since I wrote anything here!! I seem to have been flat out. Necessary administrative jobs, earning a crust, being away over Easter and generally trying to get a grip of all the stuff that's going on at the moment ‐ it all takes its toll ‐ apologies all round. So! Mountains, sun, snow and lots of physical activity ‐ great. And the distancing serves well to create a...
Author: Sue Lawty
Sounds ripping up and out from the back of his throat; soaring, rolling around the music, gutsy, powerful, textural, filling the auditorium and carrying all with him. Tuesday night: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and Van Morrison turning us inside out with his voice. From ‘Astral Weeks’ days to now, VM has been an-all-time-ever favourite, not with everything, but consistently throwing...
Author: Sue Lawty
It was Lisa Jacques, education officer at The City Gallery, Leicester who made the connection and my piece ‘Mesh ‘ was the catalyst. Autumn 2005 and The City Gallery was about to host an exhibition by the artist Jo Fairfax, who had developed a virtual reality artwork ‘Dream Time’. This consisted of a series of dreamlike worlds accessed through a virtual reality headset,...
Author: Sue Lawty
Author: Sue Lawty
When the prime response is felt in the gut, you know an exhibition has hit the spot, 2121 ‐ the textile vision of Reiko Sudo and Nuno did it for me. (Showing at 'The Hub') As the memory of its experience distilled through the week, I strived to consider my intellectual response in order to write a few words here. Wednesday evening I was taking my son to his guitar lesson - the night sharp...
Author: Sue Lawty
As I write this, the ghost of exertion is still steaming from my back and I have barely caught my breath but I feel motivated to get my thoughts down straight away. At eight o’clock this morning biting winds and white, swirling swathes of snow fought their way across the valley, visibility was down to a few feet and we knew we were in for a cold run. It would be easy at this point to drum...
Author: Sue Lawty
Just over an hour ago I took delivery of my work from the V&A. Just over a year ago I was frantically trying to finish it all ‐ prepare it for display ‐ pack it up… I remember the day I was due to deliver the last few pieces by car. Had planned an early start - had worked through the night. And that was the night it chose to be serious winter in Yorkshire. It snowed. It snowed a lot....
Author: Sue Lawty
You just never know from where your next bit of inspiration will emerge… Recently I took some small - in progress - samples along to the photographic studios here to be ‘documented’. (Just how pedestrian is that word.) Yet what emerged ‐ through a good photographer with good equipment was so much more. Digital images transferred to the super high-resolution screen, transformed...

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