Exquisite Corpse Project – Final Pieces

These diagrams allow you to see how the work progressed as it passed  through the hands of each artist, with comments from the final contributors to each piece :
Helen: “I was immediately drawn to the aesthetics of the pony piece  and wanted to work on it straight away. By the time it reached me it had changed in ways I had not anticipated. This opened me up to new methods but restricted me as I  was really concerned I would end up following the path of the piece rather than putting my stamp on it. I needed to destroy the piece to gain ownership over it; cutting the horses head out brought a feeling of relief.”

Gemma:”Each time ‘Bridges’  got passed along it became a new piece with a lot of accompanying prep work.  I found myself sifting through lots of information to find a common language I could respond to. Isolated marks, colour and stitch keys formed a textile shorthand within the prep work which I utilised to document each stage of the collaborative process by compiling a sampler book. Alongside the new colour keys I produced a series of prints to reflect the layers of  the creative process specific to this project. ”

Kiran: “My response to the ‘Boxes’ piece was largely a return to Gemma’s original idea, taking only a little of the intervening work on board. It was an appealing opportunity to experiment with putting some of my prints into a 3D form, which is something I have struggled with. It was enjoyable to go through the process of working out how best to make the boxes; particularly the problem solving involved with making the construction part of the decorative finish, integrating the grid with my own designs.”

Mandy: ” By the time the Rabbit Hood reached me it comprised of not only the hood but the cloak accompanied by a small fold out book. I was very conscious of this being the final stage and as well as using my finishing skills I wanted to bring all these pieces together, whilst also highlighting the work that had previously been done on the cloak.  The woodland feel that had run throughout this piece inspired me to stitch a homage to William Morris’ ‘Strawberry Thief’. “

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