In:Site14 – Wednesday 10th September- Day 3

Day Three of In:site 14 was another Birmingham City College dominated day.

Sarah Fowler was first up in the Cathedral Square. A graduate of the BA Art & Design course, Sarah specialised in textiles.

For her intervention she chose to concentrate on finger knitting, and wow did she knit. She produced lengths and lengths and lengths! Sarah had also created a “how-to” sheet and was encouraging people to join in and help her with her task.

Once she was happy with the amount of knitting she had produced, she set about spiralling it around the base of two trees, painstakingly stitching them together. The result was a very calming and meditative installation.

Next to start her commission was Birmingham School of Jewellery graduate and Continued Collective member Francisca Onumah.

Francisca quickly set up her makeshift workshop and busily began working copper sections. Using an array of jewellery tools she diligently created beautiful textured patterns on the surface of each rectangle before joining them together with individually made copper links.

The final necklace was then safely installed with her fellow graduates out of reach within a tall tree.

The last of todays BCU graduates came from the BA Textile Design Course. Laura-Jane Hatter has developed a technique to record what she calls “anti-maps”. Laura is interested in walking and exploring “without purpose” and uses a “travel box” which translates her journeys into a random pattern on paper. Each pattern is unique and changes dramatically depending on her mode of transport.

Once the drawing has been produced, Laura-Jane then goes on to create exquisite randomised, free flowing lace works following the lines of the “anti-maps”.

For her installation, Laura-Jane set about mapping the park with her “travel box” before creating her lace around the trunk of a tree.

Also in the park today, Stefanie Cheong, In:Site’s One-Year-On graduate presented the new incarnation of her O-Pin project which she has been developing for In:Site14 with volunteers over the past few days.

Stefanie worked with members of the public all day encouraging them to create their own jewellery from found and locally sourced scrap materials, Using an impressive array of professional tools and jewellery findings.

Stefanie will be with us all day on Thursday too. We will be presenting a film of her endeavours in tomorrows blog post.

Lisa Falaschi
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