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Artists Bio : Lesley Stothers

Family celebrations always seemed to involve a special meal using the best crockery, polished cutlery, folded linen napkins and carefully laid out place settings for mealtimes. I began to explore representations of these memories.Initially it was the objects themselves that interested me, first spoons, then other utensils and subsequently the whole idea of place setting.I became progressively more concerned with the whole ritual of setting the table and laying objects out in a prescribed way. I use my sewing machine as a tool to 'draw' with and my hands to manipulate wire, just as painters and sculptors use pencil, paper, clay and stone.I see myself as an artist maker, combining fine art tradition with craft based techniques while working in the medium of textiles. I knit and crochet but use wire instead of wool or cotton and I stitch, appliqu and embroider with plastic, paper and wire. Using wire allows me to add another dimension to otherwise flat images.I create wall pieces on stretched fabric canvases, combining low relief elements produced using craft based methods with the fine art tradition of drawing and collage.In all the work I do, whether creative practice or teaching, my aim is to raise the profile of textiles in art - it is important to me that my craft-based production techniques are regarded in a fine art context.

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Pier road, Kinsale, West Cork, Ireland. Convent Road, Clonakilty, West Cork, Ireland.

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