Preserving in Stitch by Carolyn Hall
"Heritage is personal identity and culture creates patterns. I am challenging the patterns I have generated so far through my life by probing the historical journey of my family tree."- Carolyn Hall (@artinhall). Carolyn's new exhibition ‘Preserving in Stitch’ repurposes a collection of coats from her grandmother to explore themes of identity, culture and repurposing inherited belongings relating to her Dutch-Indonesian heritage.
In this mixed media show, Hall uses fabric, clay as well as objects and fragments left behind by her ancestors to piece together stories and preserve memories inspired by the events her mother recorded for the BBC War Archives about her experiences as a child in occupied Indonesia during WW2.
"Using stitch, I have mended, strengthened, decorated and layered the coats’ interiors with all the many handed down textiles’ possessions. These garments now carry the imprint of my exploration into my Dutch-Indonesian heritage." - Carolyn Hall
'Preserving in Stitch' was on display in the #WindowGalleries from 13th February 2022 to the 26th February 2022.