My submission for the Here We Are exhibition at Little Ox Gallery in Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh.
There was an open call for submissions by the Little Ox gallery, which I found out about after it was shared on Facebook. The idea was to produce artworks from old Ordnance Survey maps, provided by the gallery. It was billed as a fun exhibition so I thought, why not have a go!
The map theme immediately threw up several ideas to me and I began working them out in my sketchbook.I had a rough idea that I’d like to group several envelopes together. Lost was the one I began working on first. I’ll admit I’ve felt lost many a time in my life but glad to report that more recently I seem to be finding my bearings…
Next was Help. Rather than stitch through the heavy card, I decided to embroider the word on to cotton first and then apply it to the envelope.
Last of the 3 was I Am. This was the most troublesome part. I tried out a few different styles and sizes of envelope before I plumped for this one. (There’s every chance some of them will resurface as something completely different over the next few weeks…watch this space!) The placement of the words was tricky – I found it hard to make it work as part of the overall design, as they’re quite small but I suppose that means people just have to look a bit closer, which can’t hurt.
I liked the abstract design of the streets and buildings on the maps and highlighted areas with watercolour to make a feature of it.
When they were all done I spent what seemed like forever arranging them and rearranging them, wondering how to display them together to make a pleasing composition that actually made sense, with the writing flowing naturally. As it turned out I arranged them in the same way as the first sketch I made and already had a frame just the right size, which was a stoke of luck!
The exhibition opens this Friday at 7pm and will be on throughout March. Very eager now to see how everyone else has transformed their maps…