in the fullness of Time

A series of hand-stitched works made on linen, antique French hemp and old grain sacks.  All of these materials are rich in social history and most of the cloth used has been dyed with plant material.  Whilst hand stitch can be considered 'craft', the collection is highly contemporary.  The exploration of rhythm and repetition through the stitched marks has a meditative quality and the works are elegant and tactile in nature.

The monochromatic and reductive paintings of artists such as Agnes Martin and Rebecca Salter were influential to these works, but the central theme is the act of stitching itself.

The title of the series refers to both the materials being full of the essence of time, and the time taken in the slow act of hand-stitching.


 

 
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'Spring', 2017, linen, natural dyes, cotton thread, 71cm x 132cm, SOLD

'Rain for Grain', 2016, antique grain sack, cotton canvas, cotton thread, 120cm x 144cm, SOLD
 


 

'New Day', 2017, antique hemp, natural dyes, cotton and linen thread, 150cm x 100cm, SOLD


'Blood, Sweat and Fears', 2017, antique hemp grain sack, cotton thread, 52cm x 83cm £325, framed


 
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'Whole', 2017, antique hemp, natural dyes, cotton thread, 51cm x 92cm, £525 (framed)

 
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'Salmonberry Season', 2013, antique hemp, natural dyes, linen & cotton thread, 51cm x 51cm, SOLD

 
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'28 Days', linen, hemp thread, 2013, 150cm x 150cm, £2,250

 
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'Change Direction', 2013, antique hemp, natural dyes, linen thread, 51cm x 51cm, SOLD

 

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'Colombia Gold', antique hemp, natural dyes, cotton thread, 1m x 1m, SOLD
 

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'In The Fullness of Time #4', 2016, antique hemp, natural dyes, cotton thread, 2m x 2m, USA Tour 2017-2023, £2,500
 


'Winter', 2015, linen, Mx dyes, various threads, 192cm x 87cm, SOLD
 

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'Bloodlines', antique hemp, natural dyes, linen thread, 1m x 1m, SOLD
 


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'Mending the Holes in our Hearts', 2017, antique hemp, natural dyes, cotton thread, 49cm x 95cm, framed, gifted

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'What Goes Around Comes Around', 2016, antique hemp, natural dyes, cotton thread, 87cm x 197cm, £875


claire benn

Hand stitch has become important to me as there’s a timelessness to the process and my materials - in the form of ‘old cloth’ (antique hemp and linen) - are also embedded with time. I savour the solitude and meditation of stitch and the way stitch marks time.., and my work.