Clare Thornton

Pleats and Folds Residency

‘We Live Here’ Residency, Arnolfini, Bristol

September 2008

Pleats & Folds workshop research THORNTON

I held a series of public Open Studio and workshop sessions that fed into the R&D for my project ‘Pleats & Folds’. I explored hidden narratives and layers of memory through a process of unwrapping stories associated with ‘soft objects’, working towards a new mixed media installation piece inspired by the personal stories gathered during this research period. I was joined by Norwegian artist (and regular collaborator) Jan Steinum and a small local group of participants.

I also approached the Ruff/Collar in Baroque Northern European portraiture as a starting point to my investigations into status, symbolism, control and the individual in society I was curious to construct a Ruff piece that might carry markings/motifs within it reflecting the contemporary personal narratives I captured during the residency.