Julie Erica Saunders
The collecting of cloth and the process of compiling, stitching and assembling my pieces represent acts of remembrance in addition to responding to the tactile and surface qualities. My work is based on my own family history within the broader context of the Manchester Textile industry in the mid 19th century. The emphasis is on 'women' and the code of feminine behaviour along with the contrast between the middle class, working class and the extreme poor. I am supporting my work by further reading on embroidery and the making of the feminine. Sashiko hand stitching and 'Boro' patching from the same period in history heavily feature in my work. These techniques seem appropriate to connect socially across the continents and centuries.
I attempt to assemble my work in a way that is meaningful to me and makes connections with my own life as a wife, mother, daughter and provider. My aim is that my work may extend beyond the personal and provide a forum for social commentary.