Sewing up London

Victoria, one of the Greenpeace campaigners who climbed the SharLondon based textiles artist Lucy Sparrow is knitting and sewing everything one can imagine, working mainly with felt and wool to create oversized versions of existing objects and art work. She uses her craft, which she calls ‘feltism’, to playfully question the politics of artistic production (she for example recreated some of the great art works of the 1990’s in felt) and to – often collaboratively – tackle contemporary issues regarding social life, such as politics of consumerism, social exclusion, gender and neurological diversity.

Over the course of the past five years, she has exhibited her work in many significant galleries, and had several solo shows as well as a display with the Victoria and Albert Museum’s traveling street art exhibition, alongside famous street artist Banksy. Her next solo exhibit will take place in 2014.

She is currently working within a project where she recreates mini versions of iconic London buildings out of felt, which are featured in the weekly Ministructures series in the Time Out London magazine and it’s blog, alongside an interview with a Londoner connected to the created landmark with a story to tell about it. The project will culminate, after six months, in a solo international touring show.

 

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