Yesterday I went to the first gathering of a studio group at Turner Contemporary gallery, led by Brazilian textile artist Maria Nepomuceno. Maria’s sculpture, Tempo para Respirar (Breathing Time) will be exhibited in the gallery from September.
Maria will be leading a studio group in making the sculpture, which will be constructed from materials such as rope and beads. We started by learning how to sew pieces of rope together to make tubes, sewing with circular needles and using strong nylon. The piece has been started in Rio and will evolve in Margate over the next few weeks. Maria described the work as being infinite, ie it keeps on growing and will never be completed - there is always room for more stitching and textiles to be added. The lage scale piece will be constructed in order that people can go inside and experience space. Some of the work will be suspended.
I am very excited to be a part of the group constructing this work. The first session has also inspired me to do some more work on my large woven piece in my back garden.
More details on the Turner Contemporary website www.turnercontemporary.org