Correspondence used for the artwork ‘Many Hands: A year of exchanges and stories’
I’m popping the linen in the post to you today. You chose to exchange 4 hrs and 23 minutes of time for your basket ‘263:7890’. I’m sure we took a pic of hands holding the basket before you gave it to your daughter who was travelling back overseas…but I can’t find it on my phone. Was it taken on your phone? Would you mind sending it to me? – b
Just wondering how you’re going (hoping you got the blue table napkin) and whether you have that pic that we took of the hands holding the basket that you could email me. I can’t find it on my phone and think we might have taken it on yours as mine didn’t have battery – B.
I’ll drop the doily over next week Are you there all week?- L
Just a gentle reminder – For you to send me the picture of the basket with hands B
Hi B, Just thought I’d explain what it felt like to work to the hour and minute.I thought – there’s no point in spending hours planning this, as that defeats the object of the time precision. I either have exquisite planning or more time to explore thread – which is of most value??? I’ll take the thread. I have 4 hours and 23 minutes. So I sat down and sewed randomly just as it came without measuring and drawing it up. This was nerve-racking, as I would usually spend time planning and marking, controlling. I avoided it looking ‘pretty’ though doilies are that genre.I chose a thick thread that changed colour randomly so it would be more visible more quickly but I had no idea how long this would take. I was able to layer the letters, as the work progressed quickly. I worked in 3 sessions over 3 days 12th Feb -1.35mins,13th -1.30mins,14th-1hr. With time to spare I ran a purple thread through the eyelet work to highlight the edge – 20 min. I realised that if it was hanging up vertically, the bias grain of the doily would pull out of
shape so I ironed a light backing to it – 3min. Thanks for the challenge! L.