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Kay Greenlees

textile

Beneath the Surface detail

244cm x 13cm. Miners Checks from recently closed Yorkshire pits. Indicative of the individual endeavour within a larger collaborative venture. Mixed media.
Photo credit: Susan Crowe.

textile

Beneath the Surface

244cm x 13cm. Mineral panels with Somerset pit names and dates that the pits were sunk.
Photo credit: Susan Crowe.

textile

Beneath the Surface detail

244cm x 25cm. Based on a fossil of Annularia stellata found in the coal measures from Writhlington Pit, Somerset. Appliqué and stitch.
Photo credit: Susan Crowe.

drawing

Beneath the Surface detail

244cm x 25cm. Miners Moon: an image often observed on the way to or from work at the pit. Appliqué and stitch.
Photo credit: Kevin Mead.

Mixed media drawing

Beneath the Surface detail

84cm x 34 cm. Sketchbook and studio development. Mixed media drawing of the Lochnagar Crater series.
Photo credit: Susan Crowe

Mixed media drawing

Beneath the Surface detail

84cm x 34 cm. Mixed media drawing development of the Lochnagar Crater series.
Photo credit: Susan Crowe.

Artist statement

My current work remains broadly focused on aspects of cultural conflict.

Stimulus often comes from my longstanding interest in genealogy. I am fascinated by the glimpse into everyday lives offered by the census returns, tithe records, wills, court records and other documents. None of my family is anything other than 'ordinary', but through my work I like to highlight that ordinariness and prompt thought about it.

I have long been fascinated by cultural boundaries and the way in which designed objects are used to mark some of these. I find my inspiration in manufactured objects, often incorporating them into the work. Currently the emphasis is on research associated with World War 1 and also social unrest and conflict within industrial contexts. My 'Miners' theme was begun as part of the 'Traces of Life' exhibition in Sweden and inspired by my Grandfather who was a miner in the Somerset Coalfield; a place of ancient pits worked out by 1973. The panel cross-references to family members working in the Yorkshire Coalfield until the more recent demise of communities there. Miners checks are incorporated as they stand, polished, or not, and used in groups evoking the teams that marked out individual endeavor within a collaborative venture. The pit my Grandfather worked in provided the fossil Annularia stellata featured in one of the panels. I have several small collections and do most of my research through museum study and intensive reading of related historical topics.

My teaching experience is varied and ranges from working with adult education embroidery groups, MA and BA textile design students to PGCE trainees and school pupils. I have exhibited nationally and internationally and am the author of Creating Sketchbooks. I currently work as a volunteer with the National Arts Education Archive exploring the textile aspects of the collections.

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