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18th Nov - 30th Jan 2011

Bangle 4 metres unbleached cotton rope and cotton yarn

Bangle 4 metres unbleached cotton rope and cotton yarn
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Eleanor Bolton

My practice has always been focused on an innovative use of materials. I am interested in how a material can be manipulated using simple techniques to create something unexpected and unusual.

During my MA at the Royal College of Art I developed my own craft technique, coiling and stitching cotton rope. Through this technique I explore the idea of skilled action as a narrative quality, ‘that every movement, like every line in a story, grows rhythmically out of the one before and lays the groundwork for the next.’ Through working intuitively, the material provides the information and inspiration for the growing forms that seem to evolve rather than be made. The movement, knotting and twisting of the coils reveals the striking stitching in contrasting colours, while their form as large-scale jewellery pieces, celebrates the softness and tactility of the material while being surprisingly lightweight.

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