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Rigorous research alongside personal observation and reflection have informed my response to the literal and figurative effects of Covid-19 on our personal and Island landscapes. With an immediate and global lockdown imposed, my hand-embroideries are on repurposed, found, and inherited materials, mimicking the make do & mend strategy adopted during the restrictions of the second world war. Belfast's globally significant contribution to the linen industry provided context for the use of linen handkerchiefs visually conveying our fragmented attempts to rebuild our lives on a canvas of grief. Texture and abstract painting inspired my use of 'The Irish' industrial, to create free-machine embroidery thread paintings of landscape fragments. As a prolific maker my approach is visceral, responding to material and allowing its story to develop in my hands, the evolving narrative provides meaning and creates the foundational structure of my work.

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BA HONS TEXTILE ART, DESIGN & FASHION

GILLIAN BROWNLOW