So ideas and events from the walk last March have developed in many different ways.
I have been busy in the studio making ‘Quipucamayocs’, a series of artefacts using the ropes knotted by the walkers who took part during the development of the walks culminating in Thread and Word at Espacio Gallery last March.
Thread and Room
@AllanStruthers who participated in the Thread and Word walk at Espacio has collaborated with Robbie and Hannah (also on the walk) to make Thread and Room.
“Having been inspired by the use of movement and thread as a method of communication, we, over the course of 2 hours, silently engaged in a dance that began to explore the inside our house. It was an event that gave a kind of language to the physical space between us. For this we used thread, coloured paper, rubber bands, and the music of Julia-Holter :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM-WnjqB8EY.
For more about Thread and Word and Allan’s intervention on our walk in March, Seen not Heard: the Choice of Listening to Objects, http://www.elspeth-billie-penfold.com/thread-and-word-texts-used-in-walk.
Sculpture in the City
I have also heard from the City corporation that the Sculpture in the City program has been chosen as one of the finalists for the Planning Award for Placemaking in the City. It was great to be thanked as they used the Thread and Word walk to support their entry. We will find out in June if they have won.
I visited Edinburgh on Monday April 24th with Renee Rilexie, curator of the Artists Pool, https://www.theartistspool.co.uk.
We met with artists from The Suntrap Studio https://www.suntrapstudio.com and, visited the Dundas st Gallery.We were in good company as Hamish Foulton has an exhibition which had just opened in the gallery upstairs.
We had such a lovely reception and walked to Inverleith House in preparation for another walk with Thread and Word on July 7th. More details to follow.It was fantastic that so many ideas have already developed from one visit .
Cecilia Vicuña wrote Word and Thread at Inverleith House in 1970. I am hoping that they will include images of her work Precario from their archive in their exhibition in July. Although the sign for the exhibition says it includes work from 1889, so not likely. Maybe we can invoke the spirit of her work through our walk.
This is the first exhibition since they closed the gallery at Inverleith House last October as a cost cutting exercise.
I hope some of you can join us on this walk. It is ticketed on evenbrite, #ThreadandWord. The walk is free but numbers will be limited.