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The Beauty of Stains

About this project

The Beauty of Stains is are old tablecloths, displayed, used and stained in cafes and at events. I have stitched in the stains, preserving them like memories or tales being handed down through generations. This work aims to challenge established ideas about art textiles exhibited in galleries. I like the idea that work changes; it isn’t static or fixed. It is different every day and will continue to develop. Audiences have a real impact on the work: it barely exists without their input.


£2000 — £3000


stains, preservation, conservation, heritage, ephemeral


Textiles, Conceptual


The Beauty of Stains (1) Detail
Photographer: Joanne Withers
Hand stitched stains
The Beauty of Stains (1)
Photographer: Joanne Withers
Tablecloth with embroidered stains collected at NCCD gallery cafe in 2015 and exhibited in Narrative Threads exhibition 2015-16
The Beauty of Stains (2)
Photographer: Joanne Withers
Marks gathered at R-Space Gallery events during exhibition about food in which The Beauty of Stains (1) was exhibited
The Beauty of Stains (2) detail
Photographer: Joanne Withers
The Beauty of Stains (1)
Photographer: Joanne Withers

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