Arts degree show2017

Rachel Beardmore

My practice is characterised by entirely hand-stitched compositions depicting everyday interactions between people observed on the streets of Loughborough. It focuses on a fragmentation of spoken language, and brings characters out of their original context so that we might reconsider expectations of our social encounters in public spaces.

As the work develops, half-remembered encounters mutate so that the work becomes warped or imagined, and everyday events cross over into the absurd. Using embroidery enables me to emphasise certain themes within my work such as ‘high’ and ‘low’ art forms, ideally aiming to cross examine people’s preconceived attitudes to different processes, especially those considered ‘craft art’.