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Windermere Embroidered Tapestry

As of July 30th 2019

The "tapestry" situation is as follows:

- Designed 26 segments across the 26.2ft of the total length on a master document.

- Each section has been traced off and checked for accuracy.

- Research images for all sections have been selected and 20 sections printed off ready to hand over.

- Images of the rubbish found in each area has been printed.

- An organisational spreadsheet has been created clearly showing each stage, examples of the research, rubbish found, template shape and approx sizing. This sheet helps to plan the tapestry and identify possibly links with neighbouring sections.

- Instead of traditional sketchbooks, I have opted to produce 26 cardboard storage boxes, which will consist of: Paper, tracing paper, calico, template, research images (A4) and rubbish image (A4)...Using a box format helps to keep all the work together, each to handle and transport and provides suitable storage for any 3D samples or equipment.

- 23 volunteer embroiderers from the Sheffield Embroiders Guild ready to work on a section each (I will keep 3 back for myself).

- Embroiders Guild HQ keen to document the collaboration as an ebook.

- All parties open to generating press for the project - Will look at publications as well as places in the Lakes to possible exhibit the piece at a later date.

- Design Principles and Practice conference call identified as possible dissemination opportunity of project, however it is in the USA so funding is proposal is accepted could be an issue.

- X1 box issued to Sue, who has a lot of time over summer to work on the piece. The rest of the boxes are to be issued in September after their current project has finished.

- Correspondance with Sue via email has identified a lot of questions that the artisans may ask, related to their work and methods of production e.g. how are the edges finished, is bondaweb to be used etc....



To give the box a more personal touch, I plan to write a message to the embroiderer, which explains a bit more about the section and how it made me feel as I got to that stage in the Marathon. The above image was for stage 11 Lakeside, which was given to Sue.


Next Stage:

  • Source possible press/ publications and contact information.

  • Source possible exhibition places in the Lakes.

  • Contact the National Agency who looks after the lake, possible press interest or funding support.

  • Print off remaining 6 sections (research)

  • Start boxing all remaining sections and write personalised letter.

  • Produce an A4 folder and print emails to document and organise planning and correspondance.

  • Source other suitable calls for papers..exhibitions etc...